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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)

Follow @HarrisCountyPL on Facebook to see all our great online programs and LIVE events

Summer Authorama! July 28 - August 5
 

SIGN UP FOR SUMMER READING NOW!

Summer Reading Challenges & More!
 
Art Camp Online presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
July 20 - 24
art camp banner

Starting Monday, July 20 and running through Friday July 24, we will post a new video from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, along with instructions for the day's art projects in this space.

 

MFAH Art Camp, Day 1
 

Instructions: Four Seasons Collage
 
MFAH Art Camp, Day 2

Instructions: Colorizing your own Photos

MFAH Art Camp, Day 3

Instructions: Print Making

MFAH Art Camp, Day 4
 

Instructions: Linguist Staff

MFAH Art Camp, Day 5

Instructions: Painting like Pollock

Summer Reading Events & More!

Music
June 1 - 7
SRP - Music Week Graphic

 

Summer Reading Challenge Week 1: "Reading Rainbow" Read a book that is your favorite color
 
This Week's Featured Programs
houston ballet

I'm interested!

da camera

I'm interested!

books al

I'm interested!

acp

Watch now!

wisely

I'm interested!

song structure

I'm interested!

song swap

Watch now!

Andyroo color your world

Watch now!

 

 

Take & Make Activity Kit: Make a Rattle Drum Pick up your activity kit at any HCPL branch location (except LSC-CyFair & Tomball libraries) While supplies last!
Take & Make Activity Kit: Make a Rattle Drum
Pick up your activity kit at any HCPL branch location (except LSC-CyFair & Tomball libraries) While supplies last!

 


HCPL Summer Reading Program Week 1: Kick-Off: How Does Music Work?
Fun & Games
June 8 - 17
SRP - Fun & Games Week Graphic

Summer Reading Challenge Week 2: "Once Upon a Time" - Read a retelling

This Week's Featured Programs

magic balloon
Watch now!
pop culture japan
I'm interested!
orbit
Watch now!
pizzazz 2Watch now!
arts alive
I'm interested!
tommy t baseballWatch now!

 

spinner
Take & Make Activity Kit: Make a Spinner | Spinner Templates 
Pick up your activity kit at any HCPL branch location (except LSC-CyFair & Tomball libraries) While supplies last!

 

 

HCPL Summer Reading Kick-Off, Week 2: Dungeons & Dragons
Magic
June 15 - 21
SRP - Magic Week Graphic

 

Summer Reading Challenge Week 3: "Imagine Your Story" - Read diverse books.

This Week's Featured Programs

nutty scientists
I'm interested!
green thumb
Watch now!
docents to goI'm interested!
family magicI'm interested!
tommy t magic
I'm interested!

 

Juneteenth1
Watch now!

 

magic wand
Take & Make Activity Kit: Make a Magic Wand
Pick up your activity kit at any HCPL branch location (except LSC-CyFair & Tomball libraries) While supplies last!
Build Your Own Infinity Cube (Step-by-Step Instructions)
Adventure
June 22 - 28
SRP - Adventure Week Graphic

 

Summer Reading Challenge Week 4: "Everyday Realism" Read a book with magical realism
 
This Week's Featured Programs
wits 1
I'm interested!
DEEP
I'm interested!
wits 2I'm interested!
zoofariI'm interested!
listening earthI'm interested!
tnI'm interested!
deep 2I'm interested!
green bookI'm interested!
 

 

suncatcher
Take & Make Activity Kit: Make a Suncatcher
Pick up your activity kit at any HCPL branch location (except LSC-CyFair & Tomball libraries) While supplies last!

Join us for a Library Adventure!

Healthy & Happy
June 29 - July 5
SRP - Healthy&Happy Week Graphic

Summer Reading Challenge Week 5: "The Stuff of Legends" - Read a book about Texas or a western.

This Week's Featured Programs

swordsports
I'm interested!
chopsticks
I'm interested!
rainforest
I'm interested!
nutrition
I'm interested!
tea
I'm interested!
 
kite
Take & Make Activity Kit: Make a Paper Bag Kite
Pick up your activity kit at any HCPL branch location (except LSC-CyFair & Tomball libraries) While supplies last!

 

cooking with hcpl
Click image for printable recipe cards for In the Kitchen with HCPL
STEM
July 6 - 12
SRP - STEM Week Graphic

Summer Reading Challenge Week 6: "The Story of My Life" - Read a memoir or biography.

This Week's Featured Programs

nutty scientists2
I'm interested!
japan school
I'm interested!
radio dramaI'm interested!
yoyo
I'm interested!
dino discovery
I'm interested!
mad scienceI'm interested!

 

robotic hand
Take & Make Activity Kit: Make a Robotic Hand
Pick up your activity kit at any HCPL branch location (except LSC-CyFair & Tomball libraries) While supplies last!
Showtime
July 13 - 19
SRP - Showtime Week Graphic

Summer Reading Challenge Week 7: "Here be Dragons" Read a book with fantastical beasts.

This Week's Featured Programs

hgo
I'm interested!
wits 4
I'm interested!
cinespaceI'm interested!
chicken big
I'm interested!
wits 5
I'm interested!
hgo singmoveplay

I'm interested!

Meta-Four

I'm interested!

   
Make a Puppet
Take & Make Activity Kit: Make a Puppet
Pick up your activity kit at any HCPL branch location (except LSC-CyFair & Tomball libraries) While supplies last!
Summer Summer Reading Week 7 Kick-Off: Spooky Stories
Art
July 20 - 26
SRP - Art Week Graphic
This Week's Featured Programs
keith gravesI'm interested!
sonic complement to houston art
I'm interested!
fall vegsI'm interested!
Houston Center for PhotographyI'm interested!
keucherI'm interested!
main street theater speak of me as I amI'm interested!
masterpiece
Take & Make Activity Kit: Make a Mixed Media Masterpiece
Pick up your activity kit at any HCPL branch location (except LSC-CyFair & Tomball libraries) While supplies last!


Art Week Kick-off Video!

Storytelling
July 27 - August 1
SRP - Storytelling Week Graphic
Featuring HCPL's 1st Annual Authorama!
Summer Authorama logo
A weeklong celebration of authors, illustrators and reading for all ages

 

Summer Reading Challenge Week 9: "Stranger than Fiction" - Read a book about the paranormal, true crime or other oddities.
 
 
This Week's Featured Programs
nasty gnarlies
I'm interested
DEEP
I'm interested
spoken word 1
I'm interested
barton

I'm interested

Gloria Chao & Addie Tsai

I'm interested

saeed jones

I'm interested

spokenword 2

I'm interested

woolf

I'm interested

aydin

I'm interested

 

Write your own story
Take & Make Activity Kit: Write Your Own Story
Pick up your activity kit at any HCPL branch location (except LSC-CyFair & Tomball libraries) While supplies last!

 

Storytelling Week Kick-Off
 

Low Budget Anime Re-enactments by HCPL Librarians

#HCPLSRP2020

Who You Gonna Call? - For Kids
Atteberry, Kevan,
Book
Snicket, Lemony
Book
Miller, Margaret,
Book
Kelly, David A.
Book
Segel, Jason,
Book
Butler, Dori Hillestad
Book
Turnage, Sheila
Book
Bowman, Chris,
Book
Gaiman, Neil
Book
Terry, Laura,
Book
Arroyo, Raymond,
Book
It's Time for a Tale or Two - For Kids
Guarino, Deborah,
Book
Underwood, Deborah
Book
Littman, Sarah,
Book
Healy, Christopher
Book
Bordin, Claudia,
Book
Maxwell, Andy,
Book
Woollvin, Bethan,
Book
Clarke, E. J.,
Book
Robberecht, Thierry
Book
Docherty, Helen
Book
Martin, Emily Winfield,
Book
Mlynowski, Sarah
Book
Must Be Aliens (or Something Like It)
Pyle, Nathan W.,
Book
Israel Keats
eBook
Armentrout, Jennifer L.
Book
April Slaughter
eBook
Anderson, M. T.
Book
Maberry, Jonathan
Book
MariNaomi
eBook
More about Summer Reading 2020
The Show Must Go On(line)!

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.