The Needham Free Public Library is located at 1139 Highland Ave. For more information call 781-455-7559.

When the library is closed, materials may be returned in the book and audiovisual deposit at the Rosemary Street Parking Lot entrance.

Summer reading programs for children — A Universe of Stories

The library will offer two summer reading programs for children in 2019.

The Summer Early Literacy Program is for ages 3 and younger. Summer Reading is for ages 4 through 12.

Children receive a free book of their choosing when they register as well as a free family pass to the USS Consistution Museum. Children age 7 and older will also receive discounts for Empow Studios STEM workshops and summer camps and Tree Top Adventures zip lines and canopy walk in Canton.

This year’s theme, A Universe of Stories, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Children from each Needham Elementary school, as well as homeschoolers and preschoolers, will have a paper rocket on the bulletin board in the Children’s Room. These rockets are racing to the same distant planet. The school that has the most children read for the most hours over the summer will reach the planet first and win the Race in Outer Space.

Parents and children can register through July 29 by calling 781-455-7559, ext. 204, or visiting

Summer reading programs for young adults, adults

The library will offer summer reading programs for young adults and adults.

The second annual Young Adult Summer Reading Program is for students entering sixth through 12th grades. Participants will get tickets by attending programs geared toward tweens and teens and tracking the books they’ve read through the summer. Tickets can be exchanged for prizes.

All books must be logged by Aug. 17 for grand prize eligibility.

The inaugural Adult Summer Reading Program lets participants read and track books on a book bingo board for a chance to win prizes.

Logging books will begin on June 18 for both programs.

For information, contact Young Adult Librarian Erin at, or contact the Adult Reference Desk at 781-455-7559, ext. 2.

Library to display family collections

Families who have a collection of Star Wars, Star Trek, aliens, artwork or lego items related to outer space are invited to display collections at the Needham Free Public Library.

For information, call 781-455-7559, ext. 204 or visit the Children’s Department.

Summer Craft Program, Phases of the Moon: 10:30 a.m. June 13, Children’s Craft Room. Ages 2 and older can explore a simple space-related craft to take home. All materials will be provided. Registration not required, but admittance may be limited to the first 30 children.

Raising a Reader: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Fridays through June 14, Story Time Room. This weekly group is for children age 3 and younger and their parents/caregivers. Participants will enjoy a storytime together, learn early literacy practices they can use at home and take home a red bag of books to read at home. Books will be exchanged for a new bag the following week. Registration is required. This program is sponsored by Family Access of Newton’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant.

Sing-Along with Ed Morgan: 10:30 a.m. June 14 and 10:30 a.m. June 20. This is a drop-in program for children 2-5 years old, but younger and older siblings are welcome. Adults and children sing, clap and enjoy movement songs. Adults are required to attend with the child. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Free Public Library.

Family Activity Morning, Create a Star Nebula in a Jar: 10-11:30 a.m. June 15. Families can bring their own medium-sized jar with a lid or use one of the library’s.

Choral Reflections, a Musical Journey with Broadmoor: 2 p.m. June 15, Community Room. The Broadmoor Chamber Singers will perform.

Make Music with Stacey Peasley: 10 a.m. June 17, Community Room. Children ages 2-5 will sing, dance and move to music. Parents and caretakers must stay with children during the program.

Learn and Play Group: 10:30-11:15 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month through June 21. Preschool walkers ages 2-6 and their parents/caregivers can participate in this playgroup that includes circle time, a STEAM-based activity and socialization opportunities for children and adults. Registration is not required. This program is sponsored by Family Access of Newton’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant.

Screening — Zathura: 2 p.m. June 21, Community Room. The library will screen the movie “Zathura,” PG, 114 minutes.

Yoga for Children: 10:30 a.m. June 22, Community Room. Yoga instructor Lyn Jekowski will lead a program for ages 5-9. No previous experience or registration is necessary. Arrive 5 minutes before the session begins.

Lasers in Space by Prismatic: 4:30 p.m. June 24, Community Room. This laser light show and glow party will kick off Summer Reading 2019, the theme of which is “A Universe of Stories.” This presentation combines lasers with music to explore planets, the sun and why advanced space probes carry laser-powered instruments. Children will also be able to play glow in the dark games and create glow sticks in the Craft Room.

Screening ­— Hidden Figures: 7 p.m. June 25, Community Room. The library will screen “Hidden Figures,” PG, 127 minutes, as the first of four movies in the Summer Movies at the Library series.

Tinker Tot Workshops: 10:30 a.m. July 17, Aug. 1 and 22. Children ages 2 and older will participate in simple building activities through the Children’s STEAM Center in collaboration with Family Access of Newton.

Stories from Outer Space with Sparky’s Puppets: 11 a.m. July 24. For Children 2 and older.

Children’s Department Events

The following events will happen in the Children’s Room. For information, or to register for Summer Early Literacy, call the Children’s Library at 781-455-7559 ext. 204.

Terrific Toddlers: 10 a.m. June 18. For ages 1-2 with a caregiver.

Babies and Books: 11 a.m. June 18. For ages 1-2 with a caregiver.

Child’s Play: 10 a.m. June 19. For ages 2 and younger with a caregiver.