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NYPL Summer Reading Challenge 2015


Every Hero Has a StoryCalling all kids and teens! Join the action and have a blast this summer as NYPL celebrates heroes and cool books, from popular fantasy and graphic novels to the latest in your favorite series. Even adults can join the fun.

Talk to a librarian to sign up or register online.

And Summer Reading at NYPL is more than reading! Don’t miss the kickoff party at your neighborhood library. And ask your librarian about more programs, including writing and photography workshops, all summer long.

Summer Reading helps kids stay sharp while they're out of school. Studies show that kids who read regularly during summer vacation keep up or even move ahead in school, while ones who don’t often slide backward. Try to read 20 minutes (or more!) each day.

Programs & Parties

NYPL kicks off SUMMER READING 2015 with a mega block party in the Bronx. It’ll be a super day of fun in the sun, out-of-this-world music, tasty treats from food trucks, and more! 

Find Your Kickoff

Most neighborhood libraries host kickoff parties. Ask your librarian for more details. Plus, find out about other activities and programs across NYPL this summer, including writing and photography workshops.

Final Celebrations

At the end of the summer, make sure to celebrate your accomplishments at your branch’s grand finale.

Book Lists & Calendar Logs

Join the action and have a blast this summer as NYPLcelebrates heroes of all types—from superheroes to everyday people who do amazing things. Read anywhere you like—on the subway, at the library, in the park.

Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Babies and young children will love these wonderful picture books chosen by our expert librarians. Happy reading!


Check out these books about superheroes, real people who did amazing things, and more. Or visit your library and see what other books catch your eye!


Summer’s a great time to read for fun, and there are titles here to satisfy all tastes, from tales of time travel and haunted houses to stories of true friendship and everyday heroism.


Whether its exploring Mars or watching a murder unfold, discover magic, mystery, and more with this book list!

Braille and Digital Books

Conquering failure, braving high-seas, and confronting fear: This list has it all, from stories of struggle and acceptance to elephants, bears, and bulldogs galore!


Si tiene cinco años o cincuenta y cinco, ésta lista tiene algo para todas las edades: política, amor, historia y adventura. Descubre su propio mundo aquí.

Win a Trip to a Yankees Game!

Here’s your chance to see the Yankees, meet a player, and take a bow on the field. To enter, write a book review on any book about baseball or a baseball player and send it to NYPL. Make sure to include your full name, age, and phone number.

Send entries by mail to:
Youth Programming Department
The New York Public Library
445 Fifth Ave, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10016

or by e-mail to: 

The deadline for entries is August 3, 2015. 

NYPL staff will evaluate entries based on the quality of the writing and demonstrated knowledge of and interest in baseball. One winner from each age group (6–9 years, 10–12 years and 13–18 years) will be chosen to represent The New York Public Library at the Summer Reading Yankees game in August. See the official contest rules and regulations.


The New York Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is generously funded by HSBC Bank USA; New York Yankees; The Rona Jaffe Foundation; HBO®; The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation; New York State Library's Family Literacy Library Services grant program; Pine Tree Foundation of New York, Inc.; May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.; and anonymous donors.

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