2018 SUMMER READING PROGRAM: Reading Takes You Everywhere!

Reading is a fun, easy, and (if you use the library!) free way for all of us to visit other cultures and countries without leaving the comfort of our own homes.   It is also a way to travel back into the past or voyage way into the distant future.  Through reading, we can explore, discover, and experience different people, places, times, and things, whether real or imaginary.  We hope that you and your children come along for the journey this summer at the Houston Public Library as “Reading Takes Us Everywhere!”


Every Monday this summer, we’ll be hosting special events showcasing other places, cultures, and traditions.   You can pick up a list of events at the library or check out our Facebook page and/or website for more information.  We are NOT doing reading logs this year, but will instead offer weekly challenges for kids that may be turned in anytime during the summer to be entered into 13 weekly drawings for Barnes & Noble gift certificates.  Kids can do one weekly challenge, a few, all thirteen, or none at all!  It’s their choice!


In addition, every time kids stop by the library and check out books, they can enter a drawing to win one of four ice cream cones given away each week this summer, thanks to the generosity of Sub-Zero Pizza and Ice Cream.  Finally, kids can pick up a passport here at the library at the beginning of summer.  They’ll get a travel-themed stamp in it for every library event they attend, for every weekly challenge they turn in, or simply for checking out books.  Each kid who earns 20 stamps or more by Friday, August 31st can pick out a free book to take home.


The Houston Public Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program, which runs from Monday, June 4th through Friday, August 31st, is sponsored by the Friends of the Houston Public Library, Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, SELCO’s Legacy Grant Program, Sub-Zero Pizza & Ice Cream, memorials in honor of Teresa & Banjo Erickson and Illa Sweet, and a generous donation from Jayne & Jim Gilmer.  It is open to all children, preschool through young adult, with games, prizes, drawings, story hours, and more.  Remember:  kids who read (or are read to) over the summer keep their brains active, entering school in the fall ready to learn and succeed.  We hope that your family will take advantage of the free materials and services provided by your local libraries over the course of this coming summer.


If you or your child would like a library card, please stop by during our regular hours of operation with your current Minnesota’s Driver’s License.  Now that we are fully automated and part of the online SELCO system, we require this piece of current photo identification from a child’s mother, father, or legal guardian to issue a library card.  By providing this information, you accept responsibility for any overdue fines, damage charges, or replacement costs that your child may incur.    Please call 507-896-READ or stop by the library at 202 East Cedar if you have any questions!