2019 Summer Reading Program!

Your child/children are invited to participate in the Houston Public Library’s 2019 Summer Reading ProgramOur theme this year is “A UNIVERSE OF STORIES!”

The stars are fascinating:  unknowable and mysterious, they seem so far away —  and yet you feel you could reach out and touch them.  They’ve always been the perfect inspiration for both the dreamers among us and the more practically-minded scientists.  Tap into all that wonder this summer with projects, games, books, STEAM programs (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) and more at the library — all celebrating outer space in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing.  We hope that you and your kids come along for the ride as together we explore “A Universe of Stories!”

Every Monday, we’ll be hosting special events, focusing on the stars, the planets, space, and science. All events are posted on our Facebook page and a list is available at the library as well. We are NOT doing individual reading logs again this year, but will instead offer weekly challenges for kids that may be turned in anytime during the summer to be entered into weekly drawings for $10 Barnes & Noble gift certificates.  We’ll also be hosting a Community Read Contest for both kids and adults to see if together we can read 238,855 minutes over the course of June, July, and August  —  the average distance in miles from the Earth to the moon!  The prize for succeeding?  A party featuring a Rocket Bounce House!

Our Summer Reading Program 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.   For the record, as of the beginning of 2019,  the Houston Public Library no longer charges overdue fees on children’s books and audio books, from board books all the way up to Young Adult materials! Questions about Summer Reading or any other library program? Give us a call at 896-READ!