Summer With the Library


This year’s program will look a little different than in years past, but you can still enjoy the library with you wherever you go. New Castle County Libraries will offer lots of fun and engaging interactive virtual programs, you can access our collections and services, and participants will still have the opportunity to log their reading. Find out more below!


New Castle County Libraries are offering a wide variety of free virtual programs over the summer. For all ages, the programs include storytimes, music and motion, craft activities, teen time, open mics, health and wellness, senior programs, homework help, book clubs, tech help, financial literacy, and so much more.

The Library will also be offering access to special performances available to watch via Zoom or Facebook Live. Performers include Ran’d Shine, Science Tellers, Mlanjeni Magical Theater Brandywine Zoo, Turtle Dance Music, Marshall Steam Museum, to name a few. To view a complete list of available programs and activities and to find out how to register, visit our online calendar.

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Register for Summer With the Library and Log Your Reading with Beanstack

New Castle County Library’s Online Summer With the Library Program also means the chance to win prizes for reading, learning, and trying new things. Read and learn with us this summer!

How it works:

  • Create an account with Beanstack. If you already have an account simply log in and sign up for this summer’s challenge. Need help? Contact your local library.
  • Log your reading between June 1 and August 31, 2020. Children log the time spent reading and adults log the books read on Beanstack’s website or in the Beanstack Tracker app (Apple or Android)
  • Children will receive a book for the first 10 hours read and virtual badges afterward. See who can collect the most.
  • Adults who read 4 books are eligible for a prize. Contact your local library for additional details. 

For more information log into Beanstack and read our FAQ or contact your local library.

Prefer to use paper to log your child’s time? Download our time log and bring it to the library when we reopen. 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

New Castle County Libraries invite you to participate in this free program which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she begins kindergarten. For more information, check out what New Castle County Libraries have to offer (PDF) or visit

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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.