2021 Children’s Summer Reading Program

Children ages 2-11 can sign up for our summer reading program beginning Monday, June 21! Complete reading logs to earn free prizes and raffle entries along the way! We also have fun events planned around this year’s theme of Tails and Tales.

How It Works

Color in an animal footprint for every day you read! When they are all colored in, it’s time to visit the library for a prize (and some more books of course!)


  • Bookmark 1-3: Vinyl animal sticker
  • Bookmark 4: Adopt a Reading Buddy (Beanie Baby), and a raffle prize entry
  • Bookmark 5-8: Vinyl animal sticker and raffle prize entry

First prizes will be distributed starting June 28. Drawing for raffle prizes will take place end of day on August 20.


All activities will take place outdoors at the library. If there is inclement weather such as rain or a heat advisory, the event will be cancelled and rescheduled if possible. We recommend bringing your own beach chairs or blankets, as these will not be provided.

All Ages Programs

Eyes of the Wild
Wednesday, June 30 at 10 AM

Come join Eyes of the Wild Rescue & Education for a LIVE wildlife presentation! The program will include informative and entertaining TALES about some of their amazing rescued animals, featuring a lively discussion of the animals’ different types of TAILS. Be prepared to ask some questions, because the more you ask, the more you learn!

Sidewalk Jungle
Tuesday, July 6 at 10 AM

Help the library decorate the sidewalk for the Summer Reading Program! Sidewalk chalk will be provided.

SaveStorytimes for Ages 2 – 5

Mondays at 9:30 AM:

  • July 12
  • July 26
  • August 9
  • August 23 Rescheduled to August 24

SSaveSTEM Program for Ages 6-11

Bubble Party Tuesday, August 3 at 10 AM

Did you know some animals have evolved to use bubbles to help them hunt and breathe underwater? Learn their tricks and then have some good old-fashioned soapy fun!

Summer Nutrition for Kids!

The Phillipsburg Free Public Library has partnered with ShopRite dietician Taylor Cain to bring you a kid-friendly summer nutrition program. Eating can be healthy and fun! Come learn more and try a delicious and nutritious snack.

  • Thursday, July 15 at 10:00 AM – for PreK to 1st grade – Click here to register!
  • Thursday, August 19 at 10:00 AM – for 2nd to 5th grades – Click here to register!

Take & Make Crafts

There will be simple take & make crafts available throughout the summer. Check with the children’s desk about this week’s craft!



Animal Sculpture Contest

Construct an animal from recyclable materials measuring no more than 2 by 2 feet. Your animal will be displayed in the children’s department and judged by patrons. The 3 animals to receive the most votes will win a prize!

Entries accepted: July 12 – July 16

Voting Period: July 19 – July 23. Winners will be announced on July 26.

*Please pick up your project by August 20. Unclaimed projects will be recycled!