SUMMER LEARNING RUNS June 13th – September 30th!
For Teens Entering Grades 7-12 (and teens who just finished high school too!)

We get that many of you and your families are facing many unknowns and big changes. We want you to know that we are here for you every step of the way and we want you to have some fun this summer, so please enjoy our Virtual Summer Learning Program.

Summer is for relaxing and having a good time! But that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning new things! Try out a new craft, experiment with technology, learn about a new hobby and earn points for the opportunity to win big!!!

How to Participate

You must live in New Haven or attend a New Haven Public School.

You must be entering grades 7-12 in Fall 2020, or you can have just graduated high school this year. If you are not going in to grade 7 (or up) yet, visit our Kids Summer Learning Page for details about your program!

Persons over 19 years old are not eligible to participate.

*Download the printable Eligibility and Prize information in English and Spanish

Sign up:
Register Online for Summer Learning

    register english

    register spanish


Do the following activities and tell us about it using our Online Tracking Form below

    track english

    track spanish


*Or make your own log, printable logs are also available in English and in Spanish, and starting September 15 you may call 203-946-8129 or email to tell her what activities you did all summer long!

  • Read a Book (reading level appropriate) = 1 point
  • Write a book review = 1 point
    *include title and author, along with a few sentences about it. How many stars would you give?
  • Visit a local or state park, or do at-home activities (see suggested activities below) = 1 point
    *Remember if you go outside to stay safe: Practice social distancing and wear your masks!
  • Attend a Virtual Library Program (see suggested activities below) = 1 point
    *Check out and download how to earn prizes printable information in English and Spanish

    How to Win Prizes

    Complete 10 points for a great halfway prize!

    Complete 20 points for entry into a raffle for People Get Ready bookstore $30 gift certificate!

    For every 10 points extra, participants get ANOTHER entry into the raffle for People Get Ready Bookstore!

    *Qualifying participants may win a maximum of one (1) halfway prize and one (1) gift certificate.

    Suggested At-Home Activities

    Teen Instagram Account

    Follow us on Instagram @nhfplteens for fun challenges and to earn points!

    *Download a printable version of Teen Suggested Activities in English and Spanish


  • Submit your pandemic story to the NHFPL! Get more info and submit at NHFPL Your Pandemic Stories
  • Read an article in a newspaper (online or in print) – Include name of article and newspaper
  • Submit something you created to TeenInk
  • Learn to code at
  • Take a Career Test from California Career Zone 
  • Volunteer with a Local Organization – Full List of Volunteer Opportunities for Teens, let us know where you helped out!
  • Create a Resume and Cover Letter – Need Help? Check out JobNow or email your librarian at
  • Write a poem or short story, make it as real or unbelievable as you like! Share it with your librarian at
  • Try a new craft – Need some inspiration? email your librarian at
  • Review a movie or game: Write a short review, don’t forget to include the title and year it was made! Email it to your librarian at

    Reading Ideas

    For an EXTRA POINT, review the book! Need help finding a book? Not to worry, contact your Teen Librarian, Meghan with any questions at

    • Retelling of a Fairy tale:  Read a book that is a retelling of a famous story. How does it hold up to the original?
    • Alliteration: Read a book whose title starts with the first letter of your first name. A, AN, & THE don’t count as the start of a title. 
    • Page to Screen: Read a book that has been turned into a movie. Which did you like better  – the book or the movie? Why?  
    • Read Aloud: Read aloud to a family member, friend, or pet. Can’t find anyone to read to? Try a video chat with a friend or relative, or even a plant, picture, or stuffie will do. How does sharing the reading experience change it? Is it better or worse to read aloud? 
    • Stranger than Fiction: Read a non-fiction book about a topic you know nothing about. What was one interesting fact, or concept, you learned?
    • LGBTQIA: Read a book that is a LGBTQIA affirming.
    • Classic: Read a classic book written before 1980!
    • Favorite Author: Read a book by your favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why? How did this book hold up to your expectations?
    • Non US Setting: Read a book that takes place outside of the USA. Why did you choose the book? Does it make you want to travel to that place?
    • Award Winner: Read a book that has won an award. What did you like and not like about it? Why do you think it won an award? 


    Virtual Library Programs

    Virtual YA Book Bash! Book Club for Young Adult Book Lovers Celebrating Hispanic American Heritage Month: Tuesday, September 22 6:30pm

    Looking in the Mirror with Ms. Mae: Friday, September 25 3-4pm

    Africa is Me: Tuesday, September 29 2-3pm

    Learn to Code with full-stack developer Page Swanson: Tuesday, September 29 6:30-7:30pm


    Need Help?

    Still have questions? Not finding what you need? Contact us with any questions!

    Teen librarian, Meghan Currey: 203-946-8129,