Summer Reading 2016

Summer Reading begins Thursday, June 9!

Calling all Brooklyn Summer Readers!
Summer is a great time to read what you like, to learn new things, and have fun with friends. Find free programs and events for all ages throughout the summer on our events calendar. Declare yourself a Summer Reader at your library and online at

Play the Summer Reading Games!
Everyone who finishes a Summer Reading Gameboard or Summer Challenge will be entered into a drawing for a set of books personally chosen for each winner. See the prize drawing rules for complete info.

Even More Games at New York’s largest amusement park!
Luna Park in Coney Island is offering a chance to receive free rides for finished game boards.  Mondays-Fridays July 5 to September 2, show your finished game board or challenge at the ticket booth to receive a regular Luna Park wristband that allows unlimited access to 22 rides at Luna Park for a period of up to 4 hours.  For all ages!  Kids who are under 36” tall will receive a 2-hour unlimited Kiddie wristband, which includes mild thrill rides Lynn’s Trapeze and Water Mania. The B&B Carousel is not included. 
All activities and challenges on game boards must be completed.  Present your game board at Brooklyn Public Library branch locations to receive your stickers for ages 0-12 or branch validation for ages 10+.  Game boards for ages 10+ will not be accepted at Luna Park unless they have been validated at a Brooklyn Public Library branch.  For more information click here.

Baseball Book Review Contest
Thanks to all the children and teens who entered the Summer Reading Baseball Book Review contest! Congratulations to our winners: Maceo, who frequents the Greenpoint Library, won in the Children's category. 2016 Book Review Contest Winners at Yankee StadiumAmanda, who calls Highlawn Library home, won in the Teen category. Both winners won tickets to attend the Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays game on August 17 with their families. Amanda and Maceo also took the field at Yankee Stadium pre-game to represent Brooklyn Public Library in a celebration of Summer Reading and saw themselves on the Yankee Stadium video board located in centerfield!  

NYC Summer Reading 2016 booklists
You can read what you like this summer, but for tips on great books, try our recommendations:

Teachers and Community Leaders

  • In May and June, our librarians visit schools, child care centers and community groups to bring free booklists and other giveaways. We give entertaining booktalks, read stories, and tell students about our free summer activities and the Summer Reading website, Please contact your local neighborhood library or write us at to schedule a visit.
  • Share information about our Summer Reading program with your students or community with this downloadable presentation:SummerReading2016.pdf
  • The NYC Summer Reading booklists are made by librarians from the three public library systems (Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library) and the Department of Education's School Library Services office. Your students will have a good chance of finding these books at the library because we have many copies available. 
  • This easy-to-use database includes lesson plans, QR code flyers, video book trailers, and original movies and audio recordings with exceptional authors and illustrators. 

  • If you recommend other Summer Reading books to your students, be sure that there are enough copies available in the public library. Check the Brooklyn Public Library catalog first at