When the temperatures heat up in Texas, kids tend to head indoors for their fun. Before they grab the Wii remote or turn on the TV, get them reading with area Summer Reading Programs. Virtually every public library offers rewards for reading over the summer, as do many book store chains.
Dallas: Kids ages 0-18 can join the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club at the Dallas Public Library system. Weekly prizes are awarded beginning June 4 and running through August 6. Teens even have the chance to enter contests using Wattpad and Instagram. Bonus: there’s even a contest for adults!
Participants may sign up at 29 different Dallas Public Library locations, the Dallas Public Library’s Bookmobile, and online.
Plano: Summer Reading Kick-Off Parties take place at all Plano Public Library locations on Saturday, June 4. Participants set their own goals and read to win a free book. Readers who register online and complete their goal are automatically entered to win a Kindle Fire.
The library system also offers classes and programs for children and families from June 1 through August 31.
Grand Prairie: The Summer Reading Club Kickoff is Saturday, June 4 at the main library from 10:00-12:00. All ages are invited to participate – from infant to adult! Festivities include face painting, obstacle courses, and a photo booth. Various prizes are awarded according to age group. Reading logs may be submitted through August 13.
Fort Worth: The Fort Worth Library System is doing something a little different than summer reading. Worth Reading 365 (#wr365) is a year-round program divided into three-month sessions. Activities and programs are offered all throughout the DFW Metroplex for all ages. When participants complete 5 of these activities in a session, they receive stamped Activity cards. This completed card entitles them to prizes, such as tickets to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Completed cards are also entered into a Grand Prize drawing. There are numerous activities available. Get all the details at the Library website.
Arlington: Summer Reading Club at the Arlington Public Library begins with a kick-off event at area branches from 10:00 a.m. to noon. All ages are encouraged to join. Students will register on the My Summer Reading Club website to track their progress and earn prizes.
In addition to summer reading goals, families will find a variety of classes, clubs, crafts and activities available during June and July.
Denton: “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” is the theme for Denton Public Library’s summer reading club. Students will have many activities available at area library locations throughout the summer along with prizes earned for reading. Teens are invited to train as volunteers at Summer Reading Club tables.
Many DFW bookstores offer free books to readers who meet specific goals.
- The Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program at Half Price Books allows students from preschool to high school to earn Bookworm Bucks for reading 300 minutes. The website includes a printable log. Submissions are due by September 1.
- Barnes and Noble presents the Summer Reading Triathlon with “Opening Ceremonies” on Saturday, June 4 at all area locations. Students in 1st through 6th grade will win a free book upon completion of their reading journal. Submissions are due by September 6.
- Books-A-Million has a more limited version of the summer reading program. Children must choose and read three books from their Summer Reading Adventure section. After those books have been read, they win a James Patterson Middle School lunch bag.
Don’t see anything that fits your schedule or needs? How about creating a customized summer reading program for your family? Set your own goals and prizes for the summer, using a spreadsheet, a whiteboard, or punch cards. This excellent Frugal Living post on creating your own program has a list of great suggestions, complete with printables.
Why limit it to your own family? Consider a neighborhood reading program, or play-group club. Celebrate the end of summer reading with an ice cream social or swimming party.
Whatever method you choose, you’ll have kids learning, exploring, and growing their imaginations during the dog days of summer!