Calling all Brooklyn Summer Readers!

A Universe of StoriesStarting Saturday, June 1st, Summer Reading 2019 launches with "A Universe of Stories" as the theme at all locations with fun programs and activities for all ages. Join us for live music, story time, scavenger hunts and special performances.

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!

Check out the Summer Reading Challenges!

When you finish your Summer Reading challenge, see a librarian to get instructions on how to claim your voucher for two FREE tickets for an upcoming event at Barclays Center during the 2019-2020 season. You can also enter for a chance to win an iPad! For complete information click here.

Summer Reading rocket bookmark

Make a straw rocket!

Color, cut out, and launch your rocket! Click here for a step-by-step video on the BKLYN Kids blog, or print out instructions here: How to make a straw rocket


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NYC Summer Reading booklists

This year's Summer Reading booklists are created by librarians from Brooklyn Public Library and New York Public Library. Students will have a better chance of finding these books at the library because we have many copies available.

You can read what you like during the summer, but for tips on great books, try our recommendations:

Teachers and Community Leaders

A Universe of StoriesIn 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 at the library. Please contact your local neighborhood library or write us at to schedule a visit.

Coming soon! A downloadable presentation to share information about our Summer Reading program with your students or community.

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. logog

NYC Summer Reading Booklist School Age Grades K-5
NYC Summer Reading Booklist Middle School and Teens


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



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