Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading

All together, HCPL Summer Readers have read
279,075 books | 2,899,230 total minutes

(updated Mon. Aug. 7)

HCPL's Summer Reading Program is Serious Fun!

There's still plenty of time! Join us June 5 - August 5 for fun programs and activities. Log your reading all summer long to earn cool prizes!

Summer Reading FAQs

  • The Summer Reading Program is open to readers of all ages! There are four separate age groups for the program: Babies (0-2), Kids (3-11), Teens (12-17), and Adults (18+). 

  • No! You do not need a library card to sign up for the Summer Reading Program or to attend any library programs. However, you need a library card to borrow materials from the library or from the Digital Media Catalog. Visit the library card page and find the right card works for you.

  • Participate in the Summer Reading Program by creating an account on Beanstack. 

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Featured Events

More Summer Reading Events

Summer Reading 2023 Challenges

We will post a new reading challenge each week of Summer Reading to keep you on your toes! Try one or two, or, all of them!

SRP Challenges

Why summer reading?


  • Kids and teens who read for pleasure during the summer have to spend less time and energy relearning lost skills when school starts.
  • As little as ten minutes a day of reading works wonders for children's language skills.
  • All the special, fun summer activities at the library can motivate reluctant readers.
  • Tracking the time they spend reading or the number of books they have read gives children a sense of accomplishment.
  • HCPL's Summer Reading Program is fun for the whole family--from baby to seniors.
  • You earn cool prizes for reading, attending library programs and doing other activities.

Get a Library Card

HCPL offers a variety of library cards- All free and available to Harris County residents! Find the right card for you and see all that the library has to offer.

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