Harris County Public Library is returning to in-person programs for its popular Summer Reading Program (SRP). This Summer, HCPL is inviting area readers of all ages to explore “Oceans of Possibilities,” with in-person programs and events that encourage patrons to sing, play, move and explore. From June 4th through August 6th, patrons can attend musical theater performances or weeklong camps; fun, educational science programs; movement programs such as yoga; and track their reading to earn prizes at all HCPL library locations.
Kick-off Celebrations throughout the County
HCPL has 26 library locations throughout Harris County and select branches will host special in-person kick-off events for kids and families.
|Friday, June 3||Saturday, June 4||Monday, June 6|
|High Meadows Branch Library - Summer Reading Sign-Up Party with Games, Giveaways & More! 1 - 3 PM||Fairbanks Branch Library - Summer Reading Kick-Off Spectacular with the Judah Brown Project 10 AM - 12 PM||Atascocita Branch Library - Summer Reading Kick-Off: Do It Yourself Book Bags 4 - 6 PM|
|Katy Branch Library - Summer Reading Kick-Off @ Mary Jo Peckham Park presented by HCPL and Commissioner Precinct 4 R. Jack Cagle
10 AM - 2 PM
|Kingwood Branch Library - Teen Summer Reading Kick-Off: Games, Crafts & More! 2:30 - 4 PM|
|La Porte Branch Library - Summer Reading Kick-Off Party with Jeffrey the Magician 3 - 3:45 PM|
“We see this year’s Summer Reading Program as a celebration of the whole library experience. We are welcoming our patrons back into our library spaces. It’s a great opportunity for our patrons to gather, explore and learn with their family, friends and neighbors for the first time since 2019,” said Jennifer Schwartz, Programming Services Manager, “The Summer Reading Program is a core experience that patrons of all ages—from infants to seniors--will enjoy.”
An “Oceans of Possibilities” for Fun this Summer
This year’s Summer Reading Program theme, “Oceans of Possibilities” speaks to the rich variety of reading, exploring, and learning available at the library. Like the ocean, the library is both wide and deep. You can sail across to find new worlds or dive to the depths of any subject that inspires you. As you might expect, many of HCPL’s SRP events will center around the water, such as in-person performances of the “The Little Mermaid” by Bright Star Theater and water-themed Yoga workshops. And what is a celebration of summer without music? Beloved children’s performer Andy Roo will present Just Add Beats at several HCPL branches. It is a week-long camp for children to learn music production skills. Long-time partner, Houston Grand Opera’s Opera Camp will introduce kids to the magic of opera.
Summer Reading Supports Students in their Academic Goals
HCPL's Summer Reading Program was developed as an all-ages program with special attention to school-aged children to help them to maintain their reading levels during the summer months. The tracking of books to earn prizes keeps children motivated to read and celebrates their accomplishments. HCPL programs are specially designed to make learning a fun, entertaining, and rewarding experience. At its heart, HCPL’s SRP is about families enjoying the reading journey together.
The prospect of a full slate of in-person programs has HCPL staff more enthusastic than ever. “We’re so excited to welcome our communities back to our spaces this summer,” says Linda Stevens, Programs, Partnership, and Outreach Division Director "Our librarians have been waiting for this for so long! Come on in, the water’s fine!”
To sign up, visit https://www.hcpl.beanstack.org to begin logging your reading and visit www.hcpl.net/events to see the full list of programs at a branch near you. Follow @harriscountypl on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for up-to-date information.