Shelf Life: Huntington Libraries Launch Space, Science Summer Reading Programs

Libraries across Long Island, and across the country, are celebrating science, space, and literacy with the “A Universe of Stories” summer reading initiative.

Each year, the Collaborative Summer Library Program selects a theme and provides libraries nationwide with reading program materials geared toward early literacy, children, teens, and adults. This year’s “A Universe of Stories” theme, chosen in collaboration with STAR Net, coincides with NASA’s 60 years of achievement and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Take a look below for June and July highlights from various programs at a few local libraries:

Elwood Public Library 

  • June 26, 7:00 PM, Ultimate Milkshakes. Teens are invited to come make (and drink!) an over the top, totally crazy, delicious milkshakes to celebrate summer. 
  • June 28, 7:00 PM, Laura Lynne Jackson – Book Launch and Signing. Laura Lynne Jackson, psychic medium and author, will discuss her new book, Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe, which tells stories of people who received unexpected messages from the other side. There will be a question and answer session followed by a book signing. 

Harborfields Public Library 

  • June 26, 6:30, Teen Summer Reading Club Launch Party. Enjoy the summer reading club kickoff with  raffles, a contest, and snacks, followed by the show; Synchronicity: Signs from the Universe, which will reveal the forces that connect us, help us, and determine our destiny. 
  • July 18, 6:45 PM, Summer Film Series. Join film historian Irene Eckert for a showing of and discussion about Moonstruck (1987).

Huntington Public Library 

  • July 9, 1:00 PM, Make Your Own Solar Light Kit. Tweens and teens are invited to build their own solar light kit while learning about the sun and solar power.
  • July 12, 12:00 PM, Science and Sign: Mystery of the Missing Moon. In this three-part class, learn about the sun, moon, stars, planets, and the scientists whose questions and curiosity led to important discoveries about our universe. Learn foundational vocabulary and concepts of astronomy, including phases of the moon. All learning is reinforced with the use of American Sign Language. Available to those entering grades 1-3.
  • July 23, 11:00 AM, Let’s Code. Learn the principles of coding by using Fisher Price Code-a-Pillars, an activity set, and picture books. Ages 3-5 years.
  • July 30, 4:00 PM, Star Power. Learn about Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel to space, and create your own constellation box to take home. Available to those entering grades 1-3.

South Huntington Public Library 

  • July 2, 2:30 PM, Houston, We Have a Problem! Make a jet pack and a space helmet. Available to those entering grades K-3. 
  • July 5, 6:30 PM, Out of this World BINGO. Test your luck with a fun BINGO game. Light refreshments will be served. 
  • Stellar Summer Concert Lineup. See the SHPL newsletter for ticket and performance dates inspired by the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and Elton John’s farewell tour.

More programs and information can be found in Elwood, Harborfields, Huntington, and South Huntington’s library newsletters.

To join Elwood, Harborfields, Huntington, or South Huntington’s summer reading clubs, register in person with the library’s reference desk. Huntington patrons can also register online at, and South Huntington  patrons can register online at supports literacy efforts. If you have book-related information you’d like to share, email Molly Prep.

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