Summer Reading Program 2021

The Hatfield Public Library celebrates our patrons and all things library this summer with three world-class performances, more than 30 prizes, craft kits, and regular gatherings for teens — our summer reading program has something for everyone!

The Summer Reading program runs from June 15th – August 11th and is available to adults, teens, and kids alike. Stop in to the library to sign up or enter one of our giveaways by submitting book reviews. More information below!

  1. How to sign up
  2. Book Reviews
  3. Outdoor Performances
  4. Craft Projects
  5. Teens Volunteer and Hangout
  6. Teen Video Challenge
  7. Prizes

How to Sign Up

Fill out a giveaway ticket (one per day) Tickets are only available at the library. Drop your ticket in the giveaway bin of your choice. Giveaways are open to kids, teens, and adults and you may fill out one ticket per day, per person.


Write a book review (no limit) Click here for the online form or stop in the library for a paper form. Submit as many book reviews as you want as each review is worth one entry into the giveaway of your choice.

Outdoor Performances

Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics:

Tuesday, June 22nd at 11 a.m.

Rain Date: Friday, June 25th at 11 a.m.

‘Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics’ is a one-woman acrobatic performance. Li Liu performs hand balancing, plate spinning, ribbon dancing, diabolos and foot juggling. A limited number of volunteers get to join her on stage to create an impromptu ribbon dance, and also to try their hand at plate spinning. Educational connections are made with the Chinese language and culture. Li explains some of the rituals of Chinese New Year, teaches the audience some basic Chinese phrases, and encourages them to think about what it might have been like to grow up in a different time and place.

Join us in the field behind the library for this wonderful performance.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Hatfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

African & African American Folktales

Tuesday, July 13th at 11 a.m.

Eshu Bumpus captivates his audience by telling a variety of African, African American, and World folktales leavened with music, humor and mystery.

Eshu is a renowned storyteller, an accomplished jazz vocalist and a master at physical characterization. 

Join us in the field behind the library for this memorable performance.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Hatfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Henry the Juggler

Tuesday, August 3rd at 11 a.m.

Henry the Juggler (AKA Henry Lappen) is wanted!  He is wanted by audiences everywhere for his zany attempts to defy the laws of gravity.  He juggles any number of balls, clubs, rings, even members of the audience.

Everything is accomplished wordlessly as Henry uses body language (and road signs!) to express himself. Caution:  Henry is known to use innocent bystanders in his act.

Henry the Juggler is a professional. He has been seen by tens of thousands up and down the East Coast – at theaters, schools, libraries and festivals. He has been performing for over 35 years.  He studied physical comedy at California’s Dell’Arte School and continues his development with classes in tango and yoga.  He is an active member of the International Jugglers’ Association.  His website is www.HenryLappen.com

Join us in the field behind the library for this performance.

This show is supported in part by a grant from the Hatfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Craft Projects

Stop in the library anytime to pick up one of our craft kits before they are gone! New crafts available each month.

Teens Volunteer and Hangout

Teens are invited to go behind the scenes to see what makes the library tick. Come and hangout, have a few snacks, and help us prepare our summer craft kits. Come to one or all of our Friday gatherings: 6/25, 7/16, & 8/16 at 4 p.m. RSVP requested but not required. kids.hatfieldlibrary@gmail.com

Teen Video Challenge

Do you have a passion for reading or libraries? Do you want to share your video or performative skills with teens across the country? The Teen Video Challenge is for you!

Five winners will be chosen and will receive: a $200 cash prize, and $50 worth of summer reading materials for their library!

The Teen Video Challenge is an annual video contest that is open to all teens (librarian and teacher support is encouraged). The challenge is for teens to create a public services announcement-type video that shows their unique interpretation of the 2021 CSLP slogan “Tails and Tales”. Videos are to be no longer than 60 seconds and should promote libraries and reading. Videos will be accepted June 1 through August 6, 2021
 

Click here for the Submission Form
Click here for the Contest Rules 
Click here for winning submission from years past 

Prizes

Grand Prize: Razor Skooter


Gift Certificates & Passes:

  • The Center Store (Hatfield)
  • A2Z Science Store (Northampton)
  • 5J Creamee & Pasiecnik’s Farmstand (Whately)
  • Herrell’s Ice Cream (Northampton)
  • FishTales Restaurant (Hatfield)
  • Whately Inn (Whately)
  • Yankee Candle – Wax Hands (Deerfield)
  • Eric Carle Museum (Amherst)
  • USS Constitution Museum (Boston)
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Springfield)
  • Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park (Bellingham)


Thank you to the Friends of the Hatfield Library and the Western Massachusetts Library Association for sponsoring these prizes.