Summer Reading Program 2021

Summer Reading at the Cherry Hill Public Library
Monday, June 21 - Sunday, August 15

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Summer Reading Programs!

All of the winners for the Kids & Teens prizes have been drawn and contacted by email.

Adult Summer Reading participants have until Sunday, August 22 to purchase raffle tickets for grand prizes. Winners will be drawn on Monday, August 23.

Welcome to our Summer Reading page! To register for our program and log your reading, visit our ReadSquared website. Our program is divided by age group. For details on your specific program, including special Summer Reading events and prizes you could win, click the appropriate link below.

Pre-Readers Kids (Grades K-5)
Teens (Grades 6-12) Adults

Visit our Events Calendar or download our Summer Reading Booklet for all of our Summer Reading programming.


Summer Reading for Pre-Readers
This program promote early literacy skills that encourages life-long reading. Complete six or more activities from the CHPL Early Literacy Mission to earn your badge, win a free book, and be entered into a raffle for our Early Literacy Prize Basket. 

Story Times & Programs

*Virtual Summer Reading Kick-Off: Family Fort Night*
Friday, June 25
6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Get your blankets and snacks ready for a virtual version of our Annual Family Fort Night to kick off Summer Reading! From 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. build your blanket forts at home to sit in while you attend
and get your snacks ready. Starting at 6:30 p.m Miss Alia will read stories and Miss Jasmine will lead us in our favorite camp songs. Registered participants will be invited to pick up a goodie bag the week prior to the event.
Open to all ages. Join us on Zoom for this program.

Stories at Croft Farm
Fridays, July 9, 16, 23, & 30, August 6 & 13
Join us at 10:30 a.m. for special outdoor story times with your children's librarians, brought to you by Cherry Hill Recreation and CHPL. Open to all ages. Bring chairs and blankets. Weather permitting. 

Rhyme Time On Demand Videos
On demand video released Thursdays: July 15 & 29, August 12 at 10 a.m.
Available on the Childrens Librarian YouTube Channeafter the above date and time.

Mr. Malcolm Presents Pig Tails & Tales
Tuesday, July 13
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Mr. Malcolm, a one man theater production, will entertain you with his dramatic storytelling. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Weather permitting. Open to all ages. Meet in Friendship Grove.

Tails & Tales with Live Animals*
Wednesday, July 14
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
This program features exotic rescue animals from Eyes of the Wild. Live animals MAY include: a wallaby, coatimundi, Patagonian cavy, or an Australian sugar glider.
Bring your own chairs and blankets. Open to all ages. Meet in Friendship Grove. 

We're Going on a Story Walk
Wednesday, July 21
Meet a CHPL librarian and walk our new Story Walk from 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Enjoy the story Cat's Colors by Airlie Anderson. Meet in Friendship Grove. Weather permitting. 

Tie Dye Open Hours
Saturday, July 24
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
Bring your own white 100% cotton shirt, socks, sweats, etc. to Friendship Grove. We will have buckets of fabric dye, gloves, rubber bands, and someone to guide you to the best way
to tie your clothing to make the patterns you want. 100% cotton fabrics hold dye the best. Open to all ages. Weather permitting. Date subject to change due to rescheduling of other programs.

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Summer Reading for Kids
This program is designed for kids in grades K-5 to encourage life-long reading habits. For every 300 minutes you read, you will earn 300 points which count as 1 raffle ticket. Collect raffle tickets to use toward one of our awesome prize baskets for kids! Also, every 300 minutes of reading will unlock new digital games and virtual story times!

✪ Prize Baskets for Kids
Remember, 300 points (300 minutes of reading) equals 1 raffle ticket. Use your raffle tickets toward any of the prize baskets listed below. Some baskets may appeal to different grade levels.

Prize Baskets: American Girl, Animal Lover, DiCamillo, Graphic Novel, Magic, Minecraft, Science, Star Wars, Survivor, and Wimpy Kid

Story Times

Stories at Croft Farm
Fridays, July 9, 16, 23, & 30, August 6 & 13
Join us at 10:30 a.m. for special outdoor story times with your children's librarians, brought to you by Cherry Hill Recreation and CHPL. Open to all ages. Bring chairs and blankets. Weather permitting.

Summer Stories in Friendship Grove
Wednesdays: July 14 & 28, August 11
Join us at 10 a.m. for stories, finger plays, and songs. Ages 2-6. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Weather permitting.

We're Going on a Story Walk
Wednesday, July 21
Meet a CHPL librarian and walk our new Story Walk from 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Enjoy the story Cat's Colors by Airlie Anderson. Meet in Friendship Grove. Weather permitting.

Featured Summer Reading Events for Kids
Events are still being updated. Check our Events Calendar for the most up to date programming information and to register for any of our events.
*Registration required

*Virtual Summer Reading Kick-Off: Family Fort Night*
Friday, June 25
6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Get your blankets and snacks ready for a virtual version of our Annual Family Fort Night to kick off Summer Reading! From 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. build your blanket forts at home to sit in while you attend
and get your snacks ready. Starting at 6:30 p.m Miss Alia will read stories and Miss Jasmine will lead us in our favorite camp songs. Registered participants will be invited to pick up a goodie bag the week prior to the event.
Open to all ages. Join us on Zoom for this program.

Mr. Malcolm Presents Pig Tails & Tales
Tuesday, July 13
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Mr. Malcolm, a one man theater production, will entertain you with his dramatic storytelling. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Weather permitting. Open to all ages. Meet in Friendship Grove.

Tails & Tales with Live Animals*
Wednesday, July 14
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
This program features exotic rescue animals from Eyes of the Wild. Live animals MAY include: a wallaby, coatimundi, Patagonian cavy, or an Australian sugar glider.
Bring your own chairs and blankets. Open to all ages. Meet in Friendship Grove.

Be a Famous Artist*
Monday, July 19
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Join us under the Big Tent for a kids' painting class inspired by artists from the Who Was biography book series. Participants will get all materials provided to paint a canvas with guidance
y an artist from Spotted Frog Studios. Grades 3-5. Space is limited. Meet in Friendship Grove. Program made possible by the Max S. Bass Collection.

Be a Famous Singer*
Wednesday, July 21
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us under the Big Tent for a kids karaoke event from Songbird Karaoke; inspired by singers featured in the Who Was biography book series. Bring your own chair or blanket.
Space is limited. Grades K-12. Meet in Friendship Grove. Program made possible by the Max S. Bass Collection.

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Summer Reading for Teens
This program is designed for students in grades 6-12. Read books, write reviews, and attend events to earn points towards gift card drawings and raffle prizes!

✪ Prizes for Teens

Weekly Gift Card Drawing
Each week during the summer, two teens who have logged at least one book that week will be randomly drawn for a $20 Amazon digital gift card!

Grand Prize Raffles
Earn points to purchase raffle tickets to spend on one of 4 grand prizes:

  • Get Fit Kit (FitBit + Hydroflask)
  • Music Kit (Airpords + 3 month Spotify Premium Gift Cards
  • Art Kit (Contains a variety of art supplies including brush pens, Prisma Color pencils, and acrylics)
  • A Symbolic Animal Adoption Kit from the World Wildlife Fund

Zoom Meetups
You can be social while staying safe! Join us weekly for special themed events just for teens entering grades 6-12. Visit our Events Calendar for more info.

Virtual Teen Book Club
Tuesdays: June 15, July 20, August 17
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Teens Discord Night
Wednesdays: June 23, July 17, August 18
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Animal Crossing Open Hours
Wednesdays: June 30, July 14 & 28, August 11
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Featured Summer Reading Events for Teens
Events are still being updated. Check our Events Calendar for the most up to date programming information and to register for any of these events.
*Registration required

Take and Make Crafts: Animal Terrarium*
Monday, June 21 - Monday, June 28
Create your own animal terrarium at home! Supplies are limited. Registrants will receive an email when their kit is ready for pickup, along with a link to a YouTube tutorial.

Virtual High School Survival Guide*
Thursday, July 22
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Meet on Zoom with current high school students to get their best tips and tricks on how to survive high school. For grades 6-12.

Tie Dye Open Hours
Saturday, July 24
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Bring your own white 100% cotton shirt, socks, sweats, etc. to Friendship Grove. We will have buckets of fabric dye, gloves, rubber bands, and someone to guide you to the best way
to tie your clothing to make the patterns you want. 100% cotton fabrics hold dye the best. Open to all ages. Weather permitting. Date subject to change due to rescheduling of other programs.

Teen Open Mic*
Saturday, August 7
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Bring your own chair and join us for an outdoor concert featuring Cherry Hill teens! For grades 6-12. Teens are invited to perform and must contact Jasmine before the performance.
Weather permitting. Meet in Friendship Grove.

Summer Reading Books for Cherry Hill Public School Students
If you're a Cherry Hill student entering grades 6-12, we will have your assigned summer reading books to borrow in both print and digital formats. Find print copies at the library or visit our eBooks & more page for instructions on how to use Overdrive and Hoopla.
*Please note: All summer reading titles do accrue late fees, so please return books promptly! Middle school titles can be borrowed for up to 2 weeks and high school titles can be borrowed for up to 3 weeks.

Follow the links below to place books on hold with your library card.

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Summer Reading for Adults
Join us for a chance to win awesome prizes! Just for registering, adults will earn a spin on the Reference Department's PRIZE WHEEL!
Adults can earn points for entries into the grand prize raffles by logging books, writing book reviews, completing missions, and attending select library events for adults.
Have Summer Reading questions for adults? Click HERE to email us.

✪ Prizes for Adults

Pre-Registration Prize
Participants who register before June 21 will be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

Grand prizes Adults could win include:

  • Cricut Joy Starter Bundle (1 winner)
  • Annual Membership for two adults and two children to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ (1 winner)
  • Kindle Fire HD 8 Plus (2 winners)
  • $100 Barnes and Noble Gift Card (2 winners)

Featured Summer Reading Events for Adults
Attend any of our Summer Reading events and receive secret codes that will earn you bonus points! Events are still being updated. Check our Events Calendar for the most up to date programming information.
Registration is required for all of these events.

Virtual Author Event: Tessa Bailey
Thursday, June 10
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Join us for a discussion with New York Times Bestselling author, Tessa Bailey. New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey aspires to three things. Writing hot and unforgettable, character-driven romance, being a good mother and eventually sneaking onto the judging panel on a reality show baking competition. She lives on Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter, writing all day and rewarding herself with a cheese plate and Netflix binges in the evening. If you want sexy, heartfelt, humorous romance with a guaranteed happy ending, you’ve come to the right place. Tessa Bailey's newest book, It Happened One Summer, inspired by Schitt's Creek, is on sale starting July 13, 2021. Other Tessa Bailey books are available at CHPL. Reserve your copies now!

Virtual Author Event: JoAnn Hill
Thursday, July 8
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
JoAnn Hill discusses her new book, Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. Learn more about Washington D.C.'s rich and complex history, mysterious relics, underground societies, forgotten and abandoned buildings, and controversial scandals.

Meet the Author: CNN Senior Legal Analyst Elie Honig (and Cherry Hill East Alum)
Thursday, July 15
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friendship Grove (*register online to reserve a seat in the Conference Center if there is inclement weather - seats are limited indoors)
Enjoy a lively, educational, and informative discussion with CNN Senior Legal Analyst (and Cherry Hill East alumnus) Elie Honig. Elie will share stories from his new book, Hatchet Man: How Bill Barr Broke the Prosecutor's Code and Corrupted the Justice Department. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Inkwood Books at the end of the program.
To pre-order your book from Inkwood Books, click HERE.

Virtual Program: Bunnies 101 with Luv-N-Bunns
Saturday, July 17
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Luv-N-Bunns, a local rescue and placement agency for abandoned bunnies, will discuss food, living needs, treats, basic care, and vet needs.

Ladies of the Deep: The History of Mermaids
Monday, August 2
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
From the first recorded half-human/ half-fish creature, Oannes, the 4th-Century BCE Babylonian god - to more modern sightings of sirens during the Age of Discovery, mermaids have captivated the world. Join this virtual event to learn more about the history of these mythical creatures.

Meet the Author: Sasha Issenberg
Wednesday, August 4
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Conference Center, Lower Level
Author Sasha Issenberg will discuss his new book, The Engagement: America's Quarter-Century Struggle over Same-Sex Marriage. Sasha will guide us through same-sex marriage's unexpected path from unimaginable to inevitable. To pre-order your book from Inkwood Books, click HERE.

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Summer Reading is sponsored by the Friends of the Cherry Hill Public Library

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