Summer…the perfect time for beach vacations, watermelon seed-spitting contests, boat rides, camping trips, and READING!
Here’s a roundup of summer reading programs in Collin County. Be sure to check them out (and lots of books, too!) and earn cool prizes on those hot summer days.
Local Summer Reading Programs
All programs will be hosted virtually this summer. Join them on Facebook and YouTube for crafts and how-to videos. Also, be sure to check out their Take & Make craft kits for ages five and up. Registration for kits is required. Register online or on the READsquared app.
Earn points by reading, storytelling or listening to stories. Get digital badges along the way. Try to collect them all!
The Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge isn’t just for kids! Readers of all ages can read and log minutes for a chance to win one of three bags of popular book club books. Earn unique badges, from the Caturday and Comic Connoisseur badges, to the #ShelfieReader and Weekend Warrior badges. Entries into their grand prize drawings are earned at 300 minutes, 600 minutes, and 1000 minutes of reading. Read 10,000 minutes this summer for bragging rights, a badge, and an additional entry into their grand prize drawing!
Kick off the summer reading program on June 3 at the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library, where you will travel back in time during a day of fun activities, performances, and food trucks. Step outside of the library’s time machine to celebrate unique histories with interactive performances by traditional Chinese Lion Dancers, dueling pirates, Hula and Tahitian dancers, and more!
Their Summer Reading Program is for both children and adults! Win chances for prizes donated by the Friends of the McKinney Public Library System and receive a certificate of completion for the 2021 Summer Reading Program. Check out their Beanstack Reading Challenges for more chances to win prizes and other reading suggestions!
Plano Library makes summer learning fun for everyone! Kick off your summer learning goals with Plano Public Library Wednesday, June 2 to Saturday, June 5. Learn about summer programs and pick up your bag of reading logs, activity cards, art to go, and more, at all five libraries.
Read | Reading is an important part of summer learning! At the Plano Library, you can set your own goal for the number of minutes you want to read this summer. Keep track using their reading log. Once you complete your reading log, you earn a personalized certificate.
Explore | Use the library this summer with activity cards: use these cards to learn more about your local library and all the resources available to you. There are two cards to choose from (or do both): one for families and one for teens/adults. Once you complete your activity cards, you can fill out an online form for a personalized certificate.
Discover | Plano Public Library has workshops and activities all summer long, from coding camp to a Virtual Fan Fest to tips on how to start your own small business.
Create | Pick up your Take It & Make It kit at the library, while supplies last, each Wednesday, starting June 2. The activities support a STEAM Connections family activity, geared for “all ages” and include activities such as Art with a Twist, Lego Engineering, and Why Can’t Penguins Fly? Younger children can participate with extra help from parents/caregivers.
Sign up on Beanstack or visit the Youth Services department to get a paper title log. Add the titles of every book you read and earn a free book prize and enter the Grand Prize Reader Raffle after you complete the first 10 titles! Keep reading and you can enter the raffle for your reader type (Read to Me, Independent Reader, Teen Reader) each time you complete another ten books. Use Beanstack and you will earn virtual badges along the way.
Kids | Every time you read 10 hours or 25 books, you get to enter your name for a chance to win one grand prize: Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet, a 1500-pc. LEGO set & Travel Case, or one Mr. Panda Plush and four Mr. Panda Books by Steve Antony.
Tweens | 4th–6th graders can attend special programs where they’ll learn about making shadow puppets, attend magic class, learn about swordplay, and much more! Some events in person, some virtual, 2pm Wednesdays, June 16-July 21.
Teens | Read five hours per week for a free paperback book! Starting June 21, each completed teen log is a chance to enter the drawing for one of the grand prizes: 1. Social Media Guru Prize Pack: Includes a ring light kit, smartphone tripod stand, and green screen backdrop); 2. Anime & Manga Prize Pack: Includes a $50 gift card to Books Kinokuniya and a $50 gift subscription to Crunchyroll; 3. Entertainment Choice Prize Pack: Choose a $100 gift card for iTunes, Netflix, Xbox, PS4, or Nintendo. Or, split the prize and choose two for $50 each!
Adults | Read or listen to three books to complete a log. The first completed log earns a browsing tote bag while supplies last. All logs go into the drawing for one grand prize:
- Try the World Food Box: 3-month subscription
- The Wordy Traveler Book Box: 1-quarter subscription
- Explore Local Food Box: 3-month subscription
Well, mamas, it looks like there are lots of incentives for your kiddos to log those reading minutes this summer and keep their eyes on the prize and their noses in the books!!