Summer Reading @ HCPL Starts June 6!

Harris County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off June 6 with new incentives & new ways to participate.

Harris County Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program has never been just about reading. Summer at HCPL is about reading and all the ways it helps you engage more fully with the world around you. With that in mind, for the first time, HCPL will offer incentives not only for what you read, but for what you do, as well.

It all starts June 6 and runs through August 6 with programs and special incentives for every age group: babies, kids, teens and adults. It is easy to participate: simply register at, then read, build, create, play, explore, attend library events, volunteer in your community and log what you read and what you do all summer long. Do you like to solve puzzles or go to the zoo? Do it and log it. Do you like to read comics or knit? Do it and log it. Do you like to read about far off lands or try new foods? You’ve got it: do it and log it. When you have read 10 books, completed 10 activities, or any combination of reading and doing that adds up to ten, you will receive a prize, but you don’t have to stop there; keep on reading and doing. When you reach 20 books/activities, you earn another prize:

Babies – board book
Children – certificate, book, Summer Reading pin at 10 books/activities, and medal at 20.
Teens – Summer Reading pin at 10 books/activities; Team Read shoelaces at 20.
Adults – Summer Reading pin at 10 books/activities; Team Read shoelaces at 20.

Summer is for having fun, HCPL’s Summer Reading Program offers fun with a purpose. It is a fact that children and teens who read for pleasure during the summer perform better at school in the fall. Furthermore, study after study has shown that parents who read with their children and read for pleasure themselves tend to have kids who grow up to be happier and more prosperous than those who don’t. In short, the family that reads together succeeds together.

Stop by your local branch and pick up a calendar so you don’t miss any of the special events. All programs are free and open to the public.