Guide to Local Library 2022 Summer Reading Programs

Summer…the perfect time for beach vacations, watermelon seed-spitting contests, boat rides, camping trips, and READING!

Here’s a roundup of summer reading programs in Collin County. Be sure to check them out (and lots of books, too!) to earn cool prizes on those hot summer days.

Local Library Summer Reading Programs

Allen Library: Tails and Tales Summer Reading Club

May 23 – August 5 | Readers of ALL AGES earn points by logging minutes and earning badges. Be sure to check out the Allen Library events page for exciting programs all summer long!

Carrollton Library: Summer Reading Program

June 1 – August 1 | Track reading minutes online, download the free READsquared app, or pick up a grab-and-go starter kit that contains everything you need and includes a few surprises! Available at either Carrollton library location while supplies last.

Celina Library: Summer Reading Program

May 31| Summer Reading Kickoff Event at 10am. Additional details TBA.

Frisco Library: Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge

May 20 – August 9 | Want to make this summer a breeze? Create a Parent Account with one username and password for the whole family! Children will automatically be entered into three grand prize drawings for free KidZania tickets. Teens will automatically be entered into three grand prize drawings for a gift bag. The more you read, the more chances to win! Adults can also read and log minutes for a chance to win one of three bags of popular and interesting book club books. Just because you missed book club, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your next favorite read!

Garland Library: Oceans of Possibilities

June 11 – July 30 | Participate in a reading program for your age group as a kid, teen, or adult. Why should you participate? In addition to the pleasure you receive from reading a good book, you may also earn prizes!

Melissa Library: Summer Reading Program

June 4th | Attend the Summer Reading Kickoff from 10:30am–1:30pm with “Creepy Critters” Animal Encounters from 10:30am–12:30pm. Join the library for activities, vendors, food trucks and more. For all ages and families! Food is for purchase, but the fun is free! Sign-ups for the summer reading program will be open to ALL ages!

McKinney Library: Wild Adventures  

June 4 – August 6 | Their Summer Reading Program is for both children and adults! Win chances for prizes donated by the Friends of the McKinney Public Library System and receive a certificate of completion for the 2022 Summer Reading Program which includes seven special family come-and-go events for all ages.

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Plano Library: Discover the World

June 4 – August 14 | All library locations will host kickoff events on June 4, where you can pick up your library passport and plan for a summer of exploration and discovery! Get a stamp in your passport for each activity or program you participate in! Your world might be…3D printing, art, dinosaurs, entrepreneurship, insects, podcasts, origami, mysteries, programming, and of course, reading!

Princeton Lois Nelson Library: Oceans of Possibilities

June 8 – July 27 | The goal of this Summer Reading Program is to make sure kids continue building critical literacy skills that can take a backseat over summer break. Reading is a vital part of ensuring kids head back to class ready to learn in the fall. The Summer Reading Program meets weekly at 10:30am and is a great opportunity to make sure kids continue to learn and grow while having fun and feeling good about their accomplishments.

Prosper Community Library: Big Texas Summer

June 1 – August 4 | Kickoff will be Wednesday, June 1 to Saturday, June 4. Join them each week to learn about this BIG Texas state we live in. Mondays/Tuesdays will be Discover days and Wednesdays/Thursdays will be Create days. Each event will offer fun facts, activities, and something to create and take home. Children may sign up anytime in June for the reading challenge.

Richardson Library: Tails and Tales Summer Reading Club

June 1 – August 7 | Sign up on Beanstack or visit the Youth Services department to get a paper title log. Add the titles of every book you read and earn a free book prize and entry in the Grand Prize Reader Raffle after you complete the first 10 titles! Keep reading, and you can enter the raffle for your reader type (Read to Me, Independent Reader, Teen Reader) each time you complete another ten books. Use Beanstack to earn virtual badges along the way.

Sachse Library: Oceans of Possibilities

June 4 – July 30 | You won’t want to miss any of this year’s Summer Reading special events! The Summer Reading fun begins on Saturday, June 4, with their Summer Reading Kick-Off Party, where kids and families can enjoy a petting zoo, inflatables, outdoor games, and FREE popsicles from Frios Pops! Kids, teens, and adults of all ages are all invited to participate in the Reading Challenge. For every 10 hours spent reading, participants will earn an entry into one of their awesome prize drawings.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. Each week there will be events and performers, showcasing exciting music, amazing animals, wacky science and more. Summer Reading 2022 ends on Saturday, July 30, with the Summer Reading Finale Party. Join the Sachse Library as they wind down a summer filled with reading, featuring inflatables, outdoor games, and FREE shaved ice from Bahama Bucks!

Wylie Library: Imagine Your Story

May 23 –  August 6 | Summer Kick-Off! is Friday, June 3 from 9–11:45am. The program asks that you read 10 hours or 25 books. Submit your log electronically beginning June 13 to get a free book and a chance to win one of the grand prizes: Entertainment Choice Prize Pack, Anime/Manga Prize Pack, or a three-month subscription to OwlCrate, a YA book box that includes exclusive copies of new releases and book-related goodies.

So there you have it, mamas: Lots of incentives for your kiddos to keep their eyes on the prizes and their noses in the books this summer.

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Alisa Hauser
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