Our building may be closed, but we have a lot going on virtually this summer! This year's Summer Reading theme is
Imagine Your Story
. All you need to do is READ and you are eligible to win prizes!
Click here for details on how to enter
. Your first entry automatically wins you a scoop of ice cream from The Big Scoop at Long Hill!
Each week we'll be raffling off three, $10 gift cards from Jabberwocky Books, Henry Bear's Park, Long Hill Orchard, The Big Scoop at Long Hill Orchard, Lexie's, The West Newbury Pizza Company, or Nick's Place.
Our end of Summer Reading Grand Prizes include a razor scooter for children, a Fujifilm Instax Camera for teens, and a $100 gift card to Nunan's for adults. Get reading & win!
Virtual Programs (some require registration)
Get the Words Out!
This is a 6 week class running from Tuesday, June 23 - July 28
Elizabeth Rose, MFA, will lead this virtual class designed for those who want to write, but are having trouble getting started. This class is designed to be a supportive and safe space for beginning writers to develop a writing routine and share their voices.
Composing the Poem: Our Lives Line by Line
This is a 6 week class running from Wednesday, July 8 - August 12
Via Zoom, Poet Zara Raab offers salient readings, as well as commentary and guidance for daring spirits who would like to try their hand at capturing a part of their lives in poetry and verse.
6 Word Story Contest
Six-word stories can be humorous, dramatic, suspenseful— whatever you want them to be! William Shatner tried his hand at it with this: "Failed SAT. Lost scholarship. Invented rocket." The Tri-Town Library Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is hosting their own 6 word story contest this summer, the theme being “life during quarantine.” Residents of Groveland, Merrimac & West Newbury who are in grades 6-12 (for Fall 2020) may submit one original 6 word story per student. There will be 2 winners and 2 runners up. Submissions are open from June 22 - July 13.
Creative Writing Club
Wednesdays, 6/23, 7/8, 7/22, 8/5, 8/19
Want to meet other writers your age and discuss your work? Join the creative writing club! This group will meet via Zoom. Email Kristen for a Zoom invite.
Graphic Novel Book Club
Tuesdays, 6/30, 7/21, 8/18
We'll be reading Raven by Kami Garcia, Hawkeye Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction, and Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell. Join from wherever you are! Email Kristen for a Zoom invite.
Virtual Trivia Night
Thursdays, July 9 & August 6
Show off your knowledge of pop culture and mythology. Email Kristen for a Zoom invite.
Check our calendar for Miss Kate's weekly craft challenges. Each entry earns you a Summer Reading raffle ticket to win weekly prizes!
Tuesday, July 14th & August 11th
Let's Zoom into a fun time as Miss Kate tells stories, sings songs, does fingerplays and gives you craft ideas.
Jungle Jim's Wild about Balloons Magic Show
Giant animals, silly magic and a 6-foot balloon. Check out Jungle Jim's crazy balloon show. For access, please email Miss Kate at
or call 978-363-1105 and we'll send you the link. This performance will be available for 5 days only (30 minutes and suitable for all ages).
Don't forget to
visit our YouTube channel
for recorded storytimes with Miss Kate and other guest readers! If you would like to be a guest reader, email or call Miss Kate.
Many thanks to the Friends of the West Newbury Library for their generous support!