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Summer Reading Program 2021

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Summer Reading 2021 Is On for All Ages! June 1 – September 3

Summer Reading is fun and free with your Yonkers Public Library (YPL) card!  This year’s summer reading theme is “Tails and Tales.” We encourage children and parents to read every day this summer.

Register for Summer Reading Through READsquared

READsquared is an online reading program that offers book recommendations, literacy games, raffles and more.  You can also download the READsquared app on your mobile device. After you register you can pick up a FREE TOTE BAG at the library!

Read our READsquared registration instructions or view our video tutorial:

 

Congratulations to our Teen Winners 
Week 1:  Zion C.
Week 2:  Mohammed A.
Week 3:  Maria L.

Summer 2021 Reading Tails of the Week
Week 1 (June 28 - July 3)

Theme of the Week:  Summer Sun
Tale of the Week:  Growing Vegetable Soup / A Sembrar sopa de verduras by Lois Ehlert. 
Storytime Recording in English
Storytime Recording in Spanish

*Don’t forget to pick up your Summer Sun Grab and Go to prepare for those hot summer days! 

Saturday Matinee:  Soul
Location:  Riverfront Auditorium at 2 PM

Week 2 (July 5 - July 10)

Theme of the Week:  Llamas
Tale of the Week:  Llama Llama Red Pajama / Llama Llama Rojo Pijama by Anna Dewdney. 

 *Special Event: What’s a Llama Bomb?  Find out at our virtual bilingual storytime on Wednesday, July 7th at 2 PM on Zoom.  Don’t forget to pick up your own little llama at the Children’s Desk at your branch.

Saturday Matinee: The Croods: A New Age
Location:  Riverfront Auditorium at 2 PM

Week 3 (July 12 - 17)

Theme of the Week:  Kites
Tale of the Week:  Stuck or Atrapados by Oliver Jeffers

*Special Event:  Join Maiya Coleman at Van der Donck Park to learn how to fly a kite.  We will be giving out Grab and Go Kites to decorate and fly!

Saturday Matinee:  The New Mutants
Location:  Riverfront Auditorium at 2 PM

Week 4 (July 19 - 24)

Theme of the Week:  Birds
Tale of the Week:   Feathers of Lunch / Plumas para almorzar by Lois Ehlert
Storytime Recording in English  
Storytime Recording in Spanish

*Don’t forget to pick up your Grab and Go “Be a Birder” Kit!

Saturday Matinee:  Godzilla vs. Kong
Location:  Riverfront Auditorium at 2 PM

Week 5 (July 26 - 31)

Theme of the Week: Wild Animals
Tale of the Week:  Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? / Oso Pardo, Oso Pardo, que ves ahi?  by Bill Martin
Storytime Recording in English
Storytime Recording in Spanish

*Don’t forget to pick up your Grab and Go Rainstick Craft!

Saturday Matinee:  Tom & Jerry
Location:  Riverfront Auditorium at 2 PM

Week 6 (August 2-7)

Theme of the Week:  Mystical Creatures
Tale of the Week:  Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great / Unicornio Se Cree Genial by Bob Shea
Storytime Recording in English
Storytime Recording in Spanish

*Don’t forget to pick up your Grab and Go Hand Fan Craft!

Saturday Matinee:  TBA
Location:  Riverfront Auditorium at 2 PM

Week 7: (August 9 - 14)

Theme of The Week:  Planes
Tail of the Week:  Up and Down/ Arriba y Abajo by Oliver Jeffers
Storytime Recording in English
Storytime Recording in Spanish

*Don’t forget to pick up your Grab and Go Model Airplane Craft at your branch.

Saturday Matinee: TBA
Location:  Riverfront Auditorium at 2 PM

Week 8 (August 16 - 20)

Theme of the Week:  Fairytales
Tail of the Week:  Goldilocks and the Three Bears/ Ricitos de Oro y los tres osos  by Valeri Gorbachev
Storytime Recording in English
Storytime Recording in Spanish

*Special Summer Reading Event: 
Aesop’s Fables Puppet Show followed by ice cream.
Riverfront:  11 AM @ Small Children’s Place
Will:  1 PM @ overhang outside Will Library
Crestwood:  3 PM @ Crestwood Library Lawn

*Don’t forget to pick up your Grab and Go Stick Puppet Craft!

Saturday Matinee: TBA
Location:  Riverfront Auditorium at 2 PM

Week 9 (August 23 - 28)

Theme of the Week:  Fish Tales
Tail of the Week:  Rainbow Fish/ El Pez arco iris by Marcus Pfister
Storytime Recording in English
Storytime Recording in Spanish

*Don’t forget to pick up your Grab and Go Fish Scratch Off Bookmark!

Saturday Matinee: TBA
Location:  Riverfront Auditorium at 2 PM

Week 10 (August 30-September 3)

Theme of the Week:  Dinosaurs
Tail of the Week:  Dragons Love TacosDragones y tacos – Rubin
Storytime Recording in English
Storytime Recording in Spanish

*Don’t forget to pick up your Grab and Go Dinosaur Crafts!

Saturday Matinee: TBA
Location:  Riverfront Auditorium at 2 PM

 

new summer reading books

New summer reading books have arrived!

This year, YPL librarians collaborated with Yonkers Public Schools’ (YPS) library services team to select new titles for summer reading. Thanks to an increased collections budget from the City of Yonkers this year, YPL got to order lots of fresh copies of new works and old favorites!

Click on the links below for the updated summer reading lists.

Grades K-6 Summer Reading Books
Grades 7-12 Summer Reading Books
Adult Summer Reading Books
 
Have a Fun, Safe Summer! Enjoy this Tales and Tails Summer Reading Lego Movie created by our very own Miss Aili!