Welcome to Summer Reading 2020!
- Sign up for #HCPLSRP2020, log your reading, and earn a free book of your choice!
- Join us all summer long for fun, safe online events including live music, magic, art, crafts and lots more!
- Watch weekly kick-off videos from your friends at HCPL
- Take the weekly reading challenges!
- Fuel your summer fun! Houston Food Bank's Kids Cafe to Go will provide free nutritious lunches for kids for pick-up at all HCPL branches (except LSC-CyFair & LSC-Tomball libraries) Monday - Friday 12 noon - 2 pm, June 15 - August 1. (18 years and younger)
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HCPL Summer Reading Program Week 1: Kick-Off: How Does Music Work?
|Youth Authors TBA||Tue. July 28. 11:00 AM|
|Adult Authors TBA||Tue. July 28. 6:30 PM|
|Youth Authors TBA||Wed. July 29. 11:00 AM|
|Deborah DEEP Mouton: Hip Hop Roots in Storytelling for Teens, Part 1||Wed. July 29. 2:00 PM|
|Adult Authors TBA||Wed. July 29. 6:30 PM|
|Youth Authors TBA||Thu. July 30. 11:00 AM|
|Books Alive! presents Three Nasty Gnarlies||Thu. July 30. 2:00 PM|
|Adult Authors TBA||Thu. July 30. 6:30 PM|
|Youth Authors TBA||Fri. July 31. 11:00 AM|
|Deborah DEEP Mouton: Hip Hop Roots in Storytelling for Teens, Part 2||Fri. July 31. 2:00 PM|
|Da Camera Director Sarah Rothenberg presents Connecting Music & Literature||Fri. July 31. 6:30 PM|
|End of Summer Celebration!||Sat. Aug. 1. 11:00 AM|
Take & Make Activity Kit: Make Your Own Book
Summer Reading is for EVERYONE! Babies, Kids, Teens, & Adults.
Earn points by reading anything you want, doing activities, and writing reviews. Finish one book and you earn 10 points! Read for 30 minutes and you earn 10 points! Write a review to earn another 5 points! Do an activity and you earn 5 points! At 100 points you earn a book and complete the program! Keep reading and logging to help Harris County read more than 4 million minutes this summer!
The Interruption of School Year Makes Summer Reading Even More Important.
HCPL’s Summer Reading Program is designed to stop the “summer slide,” which is the tendency of many students to lose some reading skills over the long summer break. The interruption of the school year caused by the coronavirus pandemic makes the need to combat the “summer slide” more urgent than ever. “With its mix of high-quality programming, hands-on activities, and incentives to read for pleasure, HCPL’s Summer Reading Program keeps kids, teens and even grownups engaged and motivated to learn,” said Schwartz.
Bringing the Library into the Home
Of course, we always love seeing all your smiling faces at our events, and we will miss that terribly, but online programming has some amazing advantages! Going virtual this summer means that every one of our 26 branches is as close as your smartphone or computer. All Summer Reading events will be accessible no matter where you live.
Each week this summer, Harris County Public Library staff will present a kick-off video highlighting the focus of upcoming programs, offering reading recommendations, and motivating Summer Reading Program participants to reach their reading goals.
In addition to online programming, every week during summer, Harris County residents can stop by their local HCPL branch and pick up a free Take & Make Activity Kit. Activity kits will give customers of all ages a chance to build their own stories as they explore weekly themes like music, games, magic, adventure, health and fitness, STEM, art, and storytelling. Activity kits will be available starting Monday, June 15. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
Because Kids Need to Fuel their Summer Reading Fun
UPDATE: Harris County Public Library is partnering again this summer with Houston Food Bank to offer families free nutritious meals to go. Meals will be distributed through no-contact, curbside pick-up Monday – Friday, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm starting June 15, 2020, at all HCPL locations except LSC – CyFair Branch Library and LSC-Tomball Community Library whose campuses will remain closed throughout the summer.