Newport News Public Library's Summer Reading Program

Newport News Public Library's Summer Reading Program

Summer is here and it's a time to read for fun, learn something new and see friends. Your Library has lots of free programs for everyone this summer! Visit our Calendar of Events for details and registration information. Download our summer reading brochure for a full listing of free programs and events.

This year’s NNPL Summer Reading Program has some SUPER new features!  

Attend the Summer Kick-off at Main Street Library on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Everyone can register early for Summer Reading and enter for door prizes right away.  There will be games and relays, a gaming tournament for teens, STEM activities, robotics demos, Father’s Day crafts, a photo booth, face painters, a magician, and more! After the Kick-Off, the Summer Reading Program starts June 18, and the fun continues through July 31.

This year, there are more prizes than ever!  Beginning June 18, participants will fill out activity cards which, when completed, will be entered for weekly drawings.  Those who complete the Summer Reading Program and turn in their final card will be entered into the grand prize drawing.  This means a chance at big prizes for all finishers. And teens, this means that 12 of you will win a full day pass to Busch Gardens.

Of course, we’ll still have our special programs and performers during the whole six weeks.  Check out our brochure and calendar to make sure you don’t miss out!

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Thrifty Thursday Arts'N'Craft Workshop @ Downing-Gross

Thrifty Thursday Arts'N'Craft Workshop @ Downing-Gross

Enjoy fun D.I.Y. projects without worrying about buying all of the materials! Let your creativity shine and take home your own handmade artwork. These workshops are intended for ages 7+ but children as young as 3 can participate.

June 28th - Sticky Slime: Test your chemistry skills in making some sticky slime and a handmade box to carry it!

Register here.

 

Six Dollar Saturday Arts'N'Craft Workshop @ Downing-Gross

Six Dollar Saturday Arts'N'Craft Workshop @ Downing-Gross

Enjoy fun D.I.Y. projects without worrying about buying all of the materials! Let your creativity shine and take home your own handmade artwork. These workshops are intended for ages 7+ but children as young as 3 can participate.

June 30th - Small Glass Candles: Add light and warmth to your space with these small, handmade candles. Keep them for yourself or give them away as a gift

Register here.

 

25 Mics Monthly Open Mic @ Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

25 Mics Monthly Open Mic @ Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

Join us in the Newport News Community Gallery (on the second floor) for our monthly open mic series: 25 Mics! Hosted by Nina Brewton. It takes place on the second Tuesday of every month at 7PM. This event is free and open to the public. 

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Thrifty Thursday Arts'N'Craft Workshop @ Downing-Gross

Thrifty Thursday Arts'N'Craft Workshop @ Downing-Gross

Enjoy fun D.I.Y. projects without worrying about buying all of the materials! Let your creativity shine and take home your own handmade artwork. These workshops are intended for ages 7+ but children as young as 3 can participate.

July 26th - Fluffy Slime: Put your science skills to work by making some fluffy slime and a box to carry it!

Register here.

Six Dollar Saturday Arts'N'Craft Workshop @ Downing-Gross

Six Dollar Saturday Arts'N'Craft Workshop @ Downing-Gross

Enjoy fun D.I.Y. projects without worrying about buying all of the materials! Let your creativity shine and take home your own handmade artwork. These workshops are intended for ages 7+ but children as young as 3 can participate.

July 28th - Fidget Spinners: Learn how to make three different designs of this spinning novelty item!

Register here.

 

25 Mics Monthly Open Mic @ Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

25 Mics Monthly Open Mic @ Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

Join us in the Newport News Community Gallery (on the second floor) for our monthly open mic series: 25 Mics! Hosted by Nina Brewton. It takes place on the second Tuesday of every month at 7PM. This event is free and open to the public. 

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Community Back-to-School Bash @ Doris Miller Community Center

Community Back-to-School Bash @ Doris Miller Community Center

Kick off the new school year with a fun day at your community center.  Carnival style games, inflatables, face painting, art projects, treats and school supply giveaways while they last.     

Six Dollar Saturday Arts'N'Craft Workshop @ Downing-Gross

Six Dollar Saturday Arts'N'Craft Workshop @ Downing-Gross

Enjoy fun D.I.Y. projects without worrying about buying all of the materials! Let your creativity shine and take home your own handmade artwork. These workshops are intended for ages 7+ but children as young as 3 can participate.

August 25th - Bath Bombs: Create your own fizzy bath bomb to use for yourself or to give as a gift!

Register here.

 

Thrifty Thursday Arts'N'Craft Workshop @ Downing-Gross

Thrifty Thursday Arts'N'Craft Workshop @ Downing-Gross

Enjoy fun D.I.Y. projects without worrying about buying all of the materials! Let your creativity shine and take home your own handmade artwork. These workshops are intended for ages 7+ but children as young as 3 can participate.

August 30th - Yarn Letter Decor: Create your own letter decor with a large wooden letter and colored yarn! EARLY REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (for supplies). No same-day registration will be permitted for this workshop. 

Register here.