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Don't Let the Kids Have All the Fun!

What do you get when you combine SUMMER + READING + INTERESTING PROGRAMS + LIVE MUSIC?

The 2018 MidPointe Library Summer Reading Program, of course! The popular program for kids, teens and adults runs June 1 through July 31 at each MidPointe location.

A decades-long tradition, “Summer Reading” encourages adults 18 and older (as well as birth to age 18) to visit their nearest MidPointe Library, check out books and-or audiobooks and keep track of their reading or listening on paper or online. Prizes will be awarded for effort. A grand prize drawing will take place.

No doubt many of the adults who participate will remember taking part in Summer Reading when they were kids.

Because this year’s program is themed “Libraries Rock!” organizers have heeded the call and added live music to the traditional mix of Summer Reading activities.

The result? A series of six free, family-friendly live music concerts to be presented throughout June and July among the four MidPointe locations.

The series will offer a little bit of everything from jazz to bluegrass and country. No doubt a few “golden oldies” will inspire memories and sing-alongs among the Baby Boomers in the audience.

Summer Reading fun doesn’t end with books and music, however. MidPointe locations will also host guests and programs of interest to all ages. Adults are invited to stop by and create a bookmark, join a summer book chat, listen to a health expert, color their stress away, watch a film, learn about the Great Apes (plus other topics) and lots more. Check out the MidPointe events website for for adult, kids and teen activities.

Individuals can sign up for Summer Reading anytime between June 1 and July 31 by obtaining a reading log at any MidPointe location or by logging on to

MidPointe’s Summer Reading music concerts will be presented:

  • Sunday, June 10, 2-3:30 p.m. @ MidPointe West Chester Community Room A/B. Performers: Rich Nesbitt and the Metro City All Stars. Genre: oldies, R&B and blues.

  • Wednesday, June 20, 7:30-8:30 p.m. @ MidPointe Trenton lawn (Community Room if inclement weather). Performers: Paradise Crossing. Genre: classic rock, country.

  • Thursday, June 21, 6-6:45 p.m. @ MidPointe Monroe front lawn.  Tony Hale and Blackwater. Genre: bluegrass.

  • Thursday, June 28, 6:30-8 p.m. @ MidPointe Middletown Community Room.  Performers: HR Nightmare acoustic guitar duo. Genre: 70s, 80s, 90s hits.    

  • Thursday, July 12, 7:30-8:30 p.m. @ MidPointe Trenton lawn. (Community Room if inclement weather). Performer: Samuel Day and band. Genre: Christian rock, dance pop.

  • Wednesday, July 18, 7-8:30 p.m. @ MidPointe Trenton lawn. Performers: Just Friends Jazz Quartet (Jeff Slinker, Roger Bowman and Edgewood band directors Nick Fields and Jon Arnold). Genre: traditional jazz in the styles of swing, bebop, bossa nova, Latin, ballads, blues.

All Summer Reading events will be posted on the MidPointe Library events website:

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P.S. MidPointe Library has a generous collection of books about rock’n’roll, the artists who bring it to life and the instruments they play. Why not check a few out and count them toward your Summer Reading tally? You’ll find a “rock collection” in our adult, young adult and juvenile departments. Just remember : “Libraries Rock!”