GAME ON! 2017 Houston Public Library Summer Reading Program

The Houston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is open NOW!  From now through August 1, 2017, you register, read, record your hours, earn rewards… and it’s all FREE.

And the rewards are AMAZING! Astro Tickets, Train Tickets, Meal Passes and more!  Plus, anyone with a Texas drivers license can have a Houston Public Library MY Link card as well as participate in the program!

All you need to do is:
1. General Registration begins June 1, 2017.  Just go HERE.
2. Log in anytime to track the minutes and titles you’ve read.
3. Unlock badges by logging minutes and attend attending programs – don’t forget to stay for the secret code!
4. Some activities require registration; check the online calendar.

 

So what are the rewards??

Summer Reading Program Prizes (while supplies last):

Level Babies, Toddlers & Pre-K (0-4) Children 5-10 Teens 11-18
May Early School Registration (only for students who register at school) Alley Theatre tickets, first 250 to sign up (no children under 6) Alley Theatre tickets, first 250 to sign up (no children under 6)
Registration Free Book Free Book Free Book
5 Books/Hours Read Sunglasses & certificate Sunglasses & certificate
10 Books/Hours Read Finger Puppets Chipotle meal Chipotle meal
20 Books/Hours Read Rice University Athletics ticket Rice University Athletics ticket
30 Books/Hours Read Mario Brothers bibs, baby teethers (babies 0-2)Mario Brothers meal set (toddlers 3-4) Astros ticketsPixelated bag Astros tickets
Pixelated bag
Top Readers
(2 per location)
Retro game gift set (Pac-Man connect, Pattern Play 3D) Retro game gift set (Pac-Man connect, sticky note art)
5 Programs Attended Children’s Museum Family Pass Children’s Museum Family Pass Alley Theatre tickets
Family Completion Hermann Park Train & pedal boatsRaising Cane’s meal Hermann Park Train & pedal boatsRaising Cane’s meal Hermann Park Train & pedal boatsRaising Cane’s meal

Also,families (1 adult + 1 child) who complete the Summer Reading Program and write reviews for Summer Reading for Grown-Ups will be entered into a drawing to win a Family Prize Pack.

So go HERE and get to reading!!


Get Rewarded Just for Reading… GAME ON! 2017 Houston Public Library Summer Reading Program

One of my favorite things about summer is the Houston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program!  From now through August 1, 2017, you register, read, record your hours, earn rewards… and it’s all FREE.

And the rewards are AMAZING! Astro Tickets, Train Tickets, Meal Passes and more!  Plus, anyone with a Texas drivers license can have a Houston Public Library MY Link card as well as participate in the program!

All you need to do is:
1. General Registration begins June 1, 2017.  Just go HERE.
2. Log in anytime to track the minutes and titles you’ve read.
3. Unlock badges by logging minutes and attend attending programs – don’t forget to stay for the secret code!
4. Some activities require registration; check the online calendar.

 

So what are the rewards??

Summer Reading Program Prizes (while supplies last):

Level Babies, Toddlers & Pre-K (0-4) Children 5-10 Teens 11-18
May Early School Registration (only for students who register at school) Alley Theatre tickets, first 250 to sign up (no children under 6) Alley Theatre tickets, first 250 to sign up (no children under 6)
Registration Free Book Free Book Free Book
5 Books/Hours Read Sunglasses & certificate Sunglasses & certificate
10 Books/Hours Read Finger Puppets Chipotle meal Chipotle meal
20 Books/Hours Read Rice University Athletics ticket Rice University Athletics ticket
30 Books/Hours Read Mario Brothers bibs, baby teethers (babies 0-2)Mario Brothers meal set (toddlers 3-4) Astros ticketsPixelated bag Astros tickets
Pixelated bag
Top Readers
(2 per location)
Retro game gift set (Pac-Man connect, Pattern Play 3D) Retro game gift set (Pac-Man connect, sticky note art)
5 Programs Attended Children’s Museum Family Pass Children’s Museum Family Pass Alley Theatre tickets
Family Completion Hermann Park Train & pedal boatsRaising Cane’s meal Hermann Park Train & pedal boatsRaising Cane’s meal Hermann Park Train & pedal boatsRaising Cane’s meal

Also,families (1 adult + 1 child) who complete the Summer Reading Program and write reviews for Summer Reading for Grown-Ups will be entered into a drawing to win a Family Prize Pack.

So go HERE and get to reading!!


Get Rewarded for Reading! Houston Summer Reading Programs Summer 2017

Read and get rewarded!  At several spots around town, you can earn prizes, just for picking up a book!

Below is a preview of what to expect around Houston this summer… and we’ll update the details as they are posted.  If you know of more reading programs, let us know!

1.  Houston Public Library:

From June 1, 2017 through August 1, 2017, you register, read, record your hours, earn rewards… and it’s all FREE.

And the rewards are AMAZING! Astro Tickets, Train Tickets, Meal Passes and more!  Plus, anyone with a Texas drivers license can have a Houston Public Library MY Link card as well as participate in the program!

All you need to do is:
1. General Registration begins June 1, 2017.  Just go HERE (starting June 1).
2. Log in anytime to track the minutes and titles you’ve read.
3. Unlock badges by logging minutes and attend attending programs – don’t forget to stay for the secret code!
4. Some activities require registration; check the online calendar.

See all the rewards HERE!

2. Harris County Library:

We looking HERE for the summer program updates.

 

3.  Sugar Land Skeeters:

Earn 2 free tickets, just for reading 4 books!

 

4. Barnes and Noble:

Earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017.
3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

 

5. Half Price Books:

Read 15 minutes per day!

Download and use this reading log and add up your minutes.. Once you’ve reached 300 or more minutes, bring your log to your local store to claim your Bookworm Bucks on or before August 31, 2017.


Get Rewarded Just for Reading… GAME ON! 2017 Houston Public Library Summer Reading Program

One of my favorite things about summer is the Houston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program!  From June 1, 2017 through August 1, 2017, you register, read, record your hours, earn rewards… and it’s all FREE.

And the rewards are AMAZING! Astro Tickets, Train Tickets, Meal Passes and more!  Plus, anyone with a Texas drivers license can have a Houston Public Library MY Link card as well as participate in the program!

All you need to do is:
1. General Registration begins June 1, 2017.  Just go HERE (starting June 1).
2. Log in anytime to track the minutes and titles you’ve read.
3. Unlock badges by logging minutes and attend attending programs – don’t forget to stay for the secret code!
4. Some activities require registration; check the online calendar.

 

So what are the rewards??

Summer Reading Program Prizes (while supplies last):

Level Babies, Toddlers & Pre-K (0-4) Children 5-10 Teens 11-18
May Early School Registration (only for students who register at school) Alley Theatre tickets, first 250 to sign up (no children under 6) Alley Theatre tickets, first 250 to sign up (no children under 6)
Registration Free Book Free Book Free Book
5 Books/Hours Read Sunglasses & certificate Sunglasses & certificate
10 Books/Hours Read Finger Puppets Chipotle meal Chipotle meal
20 Books/Hours Read Rice University Athletics ticket Rice University Athletics ticket
30 Books/Hours Read Mario Brothers bibs, baby teethers (babies 0-2)Mario Brothers meal set (toddlers 3-4) Astros tickets

Pixelated bag

Astros tickets
Pixelated bag
Top Readers
(2 per location)
Retro game gift set (Pac-Man connect, Pattern Play 3D) Retro game gift set (Pac-Man connect, sticky note art)
5 Programs Attended Children’s Museum Family Pass Children’s Museum Family Pass Alley Theatre tickets
Family Completion Hermann Park Train & pedal boats

Raising Cane’s meal

Hermann Park Train & pedal boats

Raising Cane’s meal

Hermann Park Train & pedal boats

Raising Cane’s meal

Also,families (1 adult + 1 child) who complete the Summer Reading Program and write reviews for Summer Reading for Grown-Ups will be entered into a drawing to win a Family Prize Pack.

So go HERE and get to reading!!


Get Rewarded for Reading! Houston Summer Reading Programs Summer 2016

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Read and get rewarded!  At several spots around town, you can earn prizes, just for picking up a book!

Below is a preview of what to expect around Houston… and we’ll update the details as they are posted.  If you know of more reading programs, let us know!

 

1.  Houston Public Library:

The prizes are still need to be listed for this year… but reading books can usually get your kids restaurant coupons, a free book and museum tickets.  For 2016, the program will open to the public on June 1 (or you can sign up onsite on May 14 at the Books Alive Festival).

Note that there will NOT be Circus tickets this year… so look for your discount coupons from Chick Fil A instead.

Read or listen to 30 books (or for 30 hours) this summer, and get all these rewards.

All you need to do is:

1. Start to read and write down the titles.
2. Once the HPL website is ready, sign up HERE.
3.  Read more.
4.  Record your hours or books.
5.  Get rewarded!!

 

2. Houston Public Library:

We looking HERE for the summer program updates.

 

3. Barnes and Noble:

Earn a free book!

1. Read.
2. Fill out THIS form.
3. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.
4. Choose a FREE BOOK.

 

4. Brazos Bookstore:

Watch HERE for updates for their summer reading program!


Houston Public Library’s Camp STREAM… A FREE day camp in August

Robinson Westchase Houston Public Library Bench
Camp STREAM is the Houston Public Library’s FREE week-long summer program that teaches STREAM topics (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math) each day of the week.

Topics include:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Creative Writing
  • LEGO Robotics
  • Video Making
  • Computer Programming
  • Video Game Design
  • Theatre Play

For Summer 2015, there are 4 locations, for K-12:

Henington-Alief Regional Library: August 3 – August 7
Collier Regional Library: August 3 – August 7
Scenic Woods Regional Library: August 10 – August 14
Park Place Regional Library: August 17 – August 21

To learn more and to register, go HERE.


Get Rewarded for Reading! Houston Summer Reading Program May 1-August 31, 2015

West University Library Upstairs Kid Area
The Houston Public Library wants to give you a coupon for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Chipotle meal coupon, free book AND a Children’s Museum of Houston admission voucher for JUST READING!

Read or listen to 30 books (or for 30 hours) this summer, and get all these rewards. You are not entered into a contest to maybe get them… you just GET REWARDED. Even if you only read 5 books or 10 or 20, you still get rewards!

All you need to do is:

1.  Sign up HERE.

2.  Read.

3.  Record your hours or books.

4.  Get rewarded!!

Go HERE to get started!


Raising Readers: Robinson-Westchase Branch of the Houston Public Library

Curious George at Robinson Westchase Houston Public Library
Address:  3223 Wilcrest, Houston, Texas 77042

The Robinson-Westchase Branch of the Houston Public Library is just outside the beltway, in Westchase, close to the Quillian Center and (summer’s favorite) Noah’s Ark.

Nearly half of the library is devoted to the Children’s Library, with books, DVDs, tables and computer.  It has fewer computers than many libraries, but the book selection has a little bit extra.

Computers at Robinson Westchase Houston Public Library
This library is near Chinatown and the Chinese Community Center and has books in Chinese (and perhaps other languages as well). The FlipKits they had in stock were English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Chinese Books at Robinson-Westchase Houston Public Library
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Your Kid’s Art Masterpiece Could Get You Lunch with Famous Author Jon Scieszka!

Houston Public Library Art Contest
The Good, The Mad and the Nerdy: a contest open to children in grades K – 6
6th Annual Children’s Book Celebration Contest
Deadline to Enter: Friday, May 1, 2015 Now Thursday, May 7, 2015!

The Houston Public Library is inviting Houston kids to make an art masterpiece inspired by one of author Jon Scieszka‘s many books, which include The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Science Verse , Squids will be Squids, and his latest series, Frank Einstein… and many many more!

Submit your work to any Houston Public Library or mail it in.  Fifty kids will win a catered lunch for the winner and 1 adult guest with author Jon Scieszka!  AND, they will get an autographed copy of Frank Einstein and the Anti-Matter Motor, and other goodies!

More info and entry forms HERE.  Good luck and have fun!!


Raising Readers: West University Harris County Public Library

West University Library Courtyard
Address:  6108 Auden St, Houston, TX 77005

This Houston Library is right in the middle of the city… but requires a Harris County Public Library Card rather than a Houston Public Library Card.  It’s also in one of Houston’s most family friendly neighborhoods… but it is it’s own city within our city.  It’s the West University Library!

West University Library Childrens Section Upstairs
The West University Library is located in the middle of West University, near the school and Little Matt’s.  The sunny 2 story library is usually busy and the staff is helpful.

The first floor is for adults and the entire second floor is for kids!

West University Library Upstairs Kid Area
The section is good and there are little kid-sized tables, chairs, pillows, book baskets and toys. The upstairs area has a few computers and lots of places to read.

West University Libary Chairs
Check the website for free events, including storytimes and computer classes.  At the time of this post, the library is open on every day except Sunday.

Friends Park at West University by Library
Once you find your books, walk across the street to the simple “Friends Park”, with benches for reading!