Programs 2011-2012

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Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Programs promote literacy by encouraging children, teens and adults to read for pleasure during the summer and to attend fun and educational programs.

Dig Up a Good Book!
Over 79,000 children participated in the Summer Reading Program. Children who completed the program by reading 10 books or 5 hours of reading were given a certificate and a book of their own to take home, and those who read 50 books earned a special award ribbon, courtesy of Harris County Friends of the Library and Summer Reading sponsors. A wide variety of activities encouraged reading throughout the summer, including Summer Art Camp, the HCPL variety show, puppet shows, musical entertainment and instruction and visits from local wildlife groups. Summer fun encouraged a love of reading throughout Harris County.
SRP 2009
Going Global, Staying Connected!
Over 10,000 teens were part of the Summer Reading Program. Each teen that completed the program received a certificate and a USB drive bracelet and was entered into a drawing for other prizes, courtesy of Harris County Friends of the Library and Summer Reading sponsors. Participants engaged in online book clubs, games and gaming tournaments, watched movies together, learned new crafts and read over 32,000 books for fun.

Teen SRP 2009

Dig Up a Good Book!
Summer Reading is not just for the kids anymore! Over 2,800 adults became part of the Reader Nation by attending book discussion groups, reading books and writing book reviews and attending programs at branch libraries. Each adult who read four books was entered into drawings for book store gift cards, courtesy of the Harris County Friends of the Library.


Gulf Coast Reads

Chitra BanerjeeHCPL became part of Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page, an annual regional reading initiative focused on promoting the simultaneous reading or listening to a selected title by those living along the upper Texas Gulf Coast. HCPL joined with Houston Public Library, Fort Bend County Libraries, Montgomery County Memorial Library System and Brazoria County Library System to form the program and invite community partners to participate in this annual celebration of reading and community. The title chosen to start the program was One Amazing Thing by local author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, who brought her energy and stories to program events.


Other HCPL Programs

Summer Reading Programs are only a part of the library’s programs for all ages. HCPL also offers year-round storytimes and book clubs, arts and technology programs, and programs celebrating Black History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month. We honor Dr. Seuss’ birthday in March with Read Across America festivities, and encourage teen reading in October, during Teen Read Week. 

Photos of customers enjoying HCPL programs.