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Six Ways to Kick Off  Your Summer Fun at the Library

Six Ways to Kick Off  Your Summer Fun at the Library

The summer sun is beginning to smile on us.  Summer is on its way!  Yorktown Public Library is ready to help you celebrate with these recommendations.  Check them out! (Ha! Starting right off with some library puns!)

 #6. Movie Night

Pop some popcorn and enjoy a good movie (you can check out a total of 10 DVDs with an adult library card!)The library has an ever expanding selection of DVDs.  Movies with Summer in the titles might be just the ticket for movie night.

A cozy movie night with kids watching TV, fairy lights, pillows, and popcorn.
Rated G

The Garfield Shows: Summer Adventures

Max & Ruby: Sum­mer­time with­ Max & Ru­by

Rated PG

The Dog Who Saved Summer 

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

Rated R

I Know What You Did Last Summer

The Kings of Summer


#5. Plan a Summer Picnic

Pack a picnic brimming with yummy summer treats. Salads, sandwiches or a decadent basket filled to the brim with desserts- Your choice!  We have a variety of books to help bring your perfect picnic menu to life.  Visit the library and get cooking! 

Group of people enjoying an outdoor picnic with pizza, fruits, and corn under hanging lights.
In the Adult collection:

The Com­plete Cook­ing Light ­Cook­book

The Food Network magazine 

In the Children’s collection:

Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade ­Cool Kids' Cooking by Sandra Lee

Cooking Rocks: Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals for Kids by Rachael Ray

On the Libby app:

Vegan al Fresco: Happy & Healthy Recipes ­for Picnics, Barbecues & Outdoor Dining

The Complete Summer Cookbook: Beat the Heat with 500 Recipes that Make the Most of Summer’s Bounty by America’s Test Kitchen

Chef Junior: 100 Super Delicious Recipes for Kids by Kids by Anthony Spears


#4. Explore nature

Now that we are experiencing warmer weather, spend more time outside.  Your library will help you get out there and explore –even if exploring means sitting on your screened in porch, sipping sweet tea and reading a good book.

Children exploring nature with a magnifying glass.
In the Adult collection:

Nature Girl: A Novel by Carl Hiaasen

The Sibley Book of Trees by David Sibley

Birds in the Yard Month by Month by Sharon Sorenson

In the Children’s collection:

Under One Rock: Bugs, Slugs and other Ughs by Anthony Fredericks

My First Nature Activity Book: 35 Easy and Fun Projects and Games for Children aged 7+

On the Libby app:

The Nature Book by Tom Commita         

Natural History: Stories by Andrea Barrett

Native Trees of the Midwest: Identification, Wildlife Value and Landscaping by Sally S. Weeks


#3.  Check Out a SUMMER Read

Literally! Summer… it’s in the title. 

Person reading a book on a sandy beach with the ocean in the background.


In the Adult collection:

The Summer Girls (Low Country Summer #1) by Mary Alice Monroe

The Summer House by Jenny Hale

An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart


In the Children’s collection:

The Summer Visitors by Karel Hayes


On the Libby app:

The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters

The Summer Swap by Sarah Morgan (Audiobook)


…Or browse the library to discover other materials with summer vibes.


#2.  Enjoy a Long Walk

Enjoy an audiobook while strolling by the river’s edge at Morrow’s Meadow, walking through your neighborhood or taking that ever-so-enjoyable walk to your favorite lounge chair. 

Woman in sportswear with headphones using a smartphone outdoors.
In the Adult collection:

Nature Girl: A Novel by Carl Hiaasen

The Girl from Summer Hill (Summer Hill #1) by Jude Deveraux

Still Summer: A Novel by Jacqueln Mitchard

The Walking Drum by Louis L’Amour 

In the Young Adult collection:

Walking Two Moons by Sharon Creech


In the Children’s collection:

The Case of the Falling Sky (Hank the Cowdog #45) by John R. Erickson

Horrible Henry and the Ant Invasion by Suzy Klein

The Call of the Wild by Jack London


On the Libby app:

Firefly Summer by Maeve Binchy

The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan

Billy Summers by Stephen King

Walking in My Joy: In these Streets by Jenifer Lewis


#1.  Join the Summer Reading Program at the Library!

A family of four enjoying a book together outdoors.

File this under “Something for Everyone”!  Adults, teens and children are encouraged to participate.  Read books and win prizes! Click the link below for all the info you'll need to get started with this year's program. This is the perfect way to kick off your summer fun at your Yorktown Public Library!


Now that you have your list of ideas, which will you choose?  Visit your Yorktown Public Library soon and let the kick-off to summer begin!

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