The Carrollton Public Library Kicks Off Annual Summer Reading Program
Get ready to have fun this summer reading books and earning great rewards.
Carrollton’s Summer Reading Program (SRP) will run Saturday, June 1 through Thursday, August 1 and include age-specific programs for listeners (birth-4), kids (5-8), tweens (9-12), teens (13-18), and adults (19+). Register yourself and your children at cityofcarrollton.com/READsquared — usernames from last year can be used again when registering. Track reading minutes online or ask about physical reading logs to record books and minutes. Participate in the kickoff event and get more rewards.
“The Carrollton Public Library is excited to offer this year’s Summer Reading Program,” said Rachel Young, Josey Ranch Lake Library Branch Manager. “Logging SRP times in the app or online will make it easier than ever for children and adults to track their progress and report their minutes read no matter where they’re enjoying a good book. The Library hopes everyone can read with us all summer long.”
Summer Reading Kickoff: C-Con — Saturday, June 1, 1-8 p.m.
Celebrate the beginning of the Library’s Summer Reading Program at the new C-Con (Carrollton-Convention) event. Fans of all ages are invited to enjoy comics, games, art, trivia, and more. Dressing up is encouraged for any fandom. Prospective participants will not want to miss the fun and excitement.
The youngest heroes up to age 8 will have an opportunity to show off in a costume parade, followed by a judged competition for more seasoned cosplayers ages 9+. Activities include a themed mini-obstacle course for superhero training and a caped crusader creation with DIY capes and masks for youth ages 5-8. There will also be a video game trailer from GameTruck North Tarrant County for youth ages 9-12 to test their skills.
Be sure to meet one of the Library’s special guests, Andy Hirsch, author and illustrator of several volumes of “Science Comics” from First Second Books, and a contributor to the “Garfield,” “Regular Show,” and “Adventure Time” ongoing comic series.
From 1-5:30 p.m., shop the vendor room with local writers, artists, and crafters selling fandom-related items. Join the fun flash trivia for all ages. Sessions last no more than 10 minutes and the game is played using a phone or computer. Craft workshops, presentations on various topics, and moderated panels with a variety of local experts will fill the day with something for everyone. Visit facebook.com/carrolltonpubliclibrary closer to the event for more details.
Youth End of Summer Party – Saturday, August 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Join us for swimming, music, prizes, and snacks at the Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatics Complex (1334 E. Rosemeade Parkway) and celebrate a successful summer of reading. All participants with at least one hour of logged reading time will be invited to attend. SRP participants will receive an email invitation to show at the entrance in order to attend.
Adult End of Summer Finale – August 9, 7-10 p.m.
All adult participants with at least one hour of logged reading time will be invited to attend an exclusive finale at the end of this summer. Win door prizes, eat snacks, and solve the Carrollton Public Library’s escape-room experience, the Catalogs of Conspiracy: The radical group Oblivion is threatening to take over not only the Library, but also the world. Their insidious emoji-based conspiracy must be stopped. Invitations with more information will be sent to participants closer to the event.
Read Your Way to Prizes
Along with the fun events offered every week at both Library locations, SRP participants of all ages will be rewarded for the time they spend reading this summer. Log SRP reading time through READsquared, complete an optional bingo board of activities, and earn participation points that can be used to enter drawings for fabulous prize packs.
Prize pack winners are drawn at the respective End of Summer parties and posted online the following day.
Each hour of reading gets participants closer to the next level of prizes. Move up a level for every one hour of reading for listeners and two hours of reading for all other ages. Earn additional prizes by reading through 10 levels to earn a certificate of completion and read even more to complete the Super Levels.
“We’re looking forward to watching customers carrying out armfuls of books as preschoolers prepare for kindergarten, students beat the ‘summer slide’, and adults expand their horizons,” Library Youth Services Supervisor Kelly Burns said.
Prize packs include items such as signed books, gift cards, educational toys, and family fun activities for listeners and kids; backpacks, signed books, and cool swag for tweens and teens; and signed books, Kindle Fire HD 8s, the AZUL board game, or a murder mystery experience for adults. Visit the store at cityofcarrollton.com/READsquared to see what’s included in each pack.The SRP is sponsored by the Friends of the Carrollton Public Library. To register, visit cityofcarrollton.com/READsquared. For more, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library, facebook.com/carrolltonpubliclibrary, or call 972-466-4800.