Summer Reading

2016 Summer Reading Challenge At New Castle County Libraries

Teens Running On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!

Readers of all ages are encouraged to run to their local NCC Library this summer for the Summer Reading Challenge. The program encourages everyone to discover new books, attend programs, and enjoy their community. The Summer Reading Challenge runs June 1 through August 20.

Get In The Game

2016's Theme Is: Wellness, Fitness, And Sports

  • Children’s Slogan – On Your Mark, Get Set, Read – (Matt Tavares - illustrator)
  • Teen Slogan – Get in the Game: Read
  • Adult Slogan – Exercise Your Mind – Read (Larry Jones - illustrator)

Register Online For Summer Reading!

New Castle County Libraries - in partnership with the Delaware Library Consortium - now offer access to Beanstack, an online portal that provides free summer reading registration and hours logging, personalized recommendations of children’s books, library programs, and educational apps. The new, online service is free to Delaware Library users and can be accessed from a home computer, mobile device, or in any of the Library’s branch locations. It includes book and activity logging, badges, and registration for all members of the family under one account. Beanstack also uniquely sends each patron weekly personalized emails recommending a library program or book.

How It Works

  1. Visit Beanstack
  2. Click on "Get Started"
  3. Fill out a profile for each child
  4. Read and complete fun activities to earn prizes this summer
  5. On Your Mark...Get Set...Read!

Do you need more reading logs? Look no further! Download and print out these extra logs.

Purposes of the Summer Reading Challenge:

  1. Encourage children and families to read and participate in reading related activities during the summer months;
  2. Introduce children and families to a RANGE of library services;
  3. Bridge the learning that takes place in the classroom throughout the school year.

Winners Podium
Summer Reading Is For Everyone!

Mom Reading To Child

Early Literacy

It is never too early to introduce the concept of reading to young children. A parent or caregiver can read aloud to the child and log their shared reading. NCC Library staff is trained in providing services and resources to parents and caregivers of young children.

Independent Readers

Children read on their own and keep a record of their reading. Then they report what they’ve read to the librarian to receive their rewards and certificate at each appropriate milestone. The Summer Reading Challenge prepares children for success at school by developing reading and language skills during summer break.

Teens Taking Selfie


Many young people stop using libraries when they reach the teen years. A summer program designed with teen interests in mind keeps them involved in the public library. This program is designed to encourage teens to become lifelong readers and library users.


Children join the summer reading program alone or participate with their families. Family participation encourages reluctant readers who may be more willing to join with a family reading partner. It also encourages visits to the public library as a family activity.


Children and Teens will earn a free book by logging their first 10 hours read. There are also opportunities to earn additional free books as they continue to read. Finally, there are opportunities to earn entries for the grand prizes awarded at the end of the program (Grand prizes differ at each branch, check with your local library for details).

There is also the activity portion of the Summer Challenge. Present your activity log each time you visit the library. Once you complete 25 activities, you will receive *2 Tickets to a Wilmington Blue Rocks Game (games are determined by the team) and a certificate that proves you are a reading champion!

Events and Activities

Performances, craft programs, story times, computer workshops, and author/illustrator visits are some of the programs offered by NCC libraries this summer. Check with their local library all summer long for reading materials as well as special events and activities geared towards a variety of interests and age levels.

Want to earn 2 free Wilmington Blue Rocks tickets this summer? Complete 25 adventures New Castle County Libraries' Summer Reading Challenge. Visit the Youth Reference desk for more information or to sign up today!


Summer Reading Programs are Free, Fun and Promote Literacy!

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children and families to read a variety of materials for pleasure and to have fun all summer long. The program is also designed to help children of all ages develop and maintain their literacy skills over the summer.

Experts in the fields of child brain development and reading research agree that literacy skills develop early and are strengthened when children read during the summer months. For a compilation of the latest research on avoiding the ‘summer slide’ and the importance of reading during the summer months visit SummerLearning.Org

We believe that when children read what they enjoy, they learn to love reading and become better readers. With this understanding we can all work together to effectively create life-long readers.

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Blue Hen Awards - 2017

The Blue Hen Book Award is children’s and teen choice award sponsored by the Youth Services Division of the Delaware Library Association.

Youth service librarians from across the state read, evaluate, and rate highly reviewed books; creating five nominees in each category: Younger, Middle, and Teen Readers.

From April 1st to October 31st, children and teens visit their public library to read the nominated books in their chosen category and cast their vote for their favorite title/author. Ballots can be picked up at your local Delaware Library or accessed online.

On February 1st of the following year, the winning authors/illustrators are announced to the public to coincide with Love Your Library Month.

For more information visit the Blue Hen Awards LibGuide at the Delaware Division Of Libraries.