Summer Reading Program

Summer Fun for Everyone - June 1 through July 27

Whether you are a kid, teen, or adult, you can participate in a reading program for your age group. Why should you participate? In addition to the pleasure you receive from reading a good book, you may also earn prizes!

Calendars of special events and information on how to participate in any of the reading programs will be available June 1 at all library locations.

Summer Reading Calendar of Events
Important change! Central Library children's performers will appear on Fridays this year.

For more information about the children’s and teen reading programs, please call 972-205-2516. For information about the adult reading program, call 972-205-2502.

  1. Kids & Teens
  2. Adults

Slogan image for A Universe of StoriesKid's and Teen Summer Reading Program

Baby: 0-3 years
Kid: 4-11 years
Teen: 12-17 years

This year’s Summer Reading Program for children and teens is called A Universe of Stories. Kids and and teens, ages 0 through 17, are encouraged to participate. Starting June 1, participants may pick up the first of four activity cards at any Garland library. After seven days, participants can exchange their cards for an age-appropriate prize and additional activity card. The last day to get an activity card is July 20 and the final day to collect prizes is July 27.

A Universe of Stories teen image girl an a floating book

  • Turn in your activity card at any Garland Library! 
  • Babies complete any 3 squares. 
  • Kids and teens complete any 5 squares. 
  • Return completed card on or after the date stamped on your card for a prize and a new card. 
  • Last day to sign up is 7/20/2019. 
  • Last day to turn in activity cards is 7/27/2019. 
  • Prizes are while supplies last.


A Universe of Stories slogan in Spanish

A Universe of Stories kids in a rocket ship

  • ¡Puede entregar la carta en cualquier biblioteca pública de Garland! 
  • Bebes completan cualquier 3 cuadros y ninos y jovenes cualquier 5. 
  • Regrese la carta completa en la fecha estampada de abajo o despues para un premio y una nueva tarjeta. 
  • Último día para registrarse es el 20 de julio, 2019. 
  • Último día para entregar la carta es el 27 de julio, 2019. 
  • Premios disponibles mientras duren. 


Children's Summer Reading Prizes!

Children's Summer Reading Prize menu (PDF)

Babies and toddlers 0-3 years old:
Prize #1 - rubber duck
Prize #2 - bubbles
Prize #3 - a free book
Prize #4 - plush rocket
Grand prize: Xylophone and board books

Children ages 4-11 years old:
Prize #1 - galaxy slime and coupons
Prize #2 - light up balls
Prize #3 - a free book
Prize #4 - drawstring bag
Grand prize: Dallas Zoo Membership

Teens ages 12-17 years old:
Prize #1 - button and coupons
Prize #2 - charger
Prize #3 - cinch grip
Prize #4 - sports bag
Grand prize: Perot Museum Membership

Bonus card #1: bouncy balls
Bonus card #2: erasers

Winners for Grand Prize Drawings will be chosen at the Summer Wrap-Up Party on Monday, July 29, 2:30 pm at the Central Library.
Winners do not need to be present to win.


Children's Summer Reading Program events and performers 

Some locations have limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to children. Due to planned construction, event locations are subject to change. Please be aware that photographs and video may be taken at Library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion.

Picture of a frogCreature Teacher Animal Show

Join the Creature Teacher to learn fun facts about a wide assortment of animals before meeting the creatures themselves. The Creature Teacher has been educating children for more than 15 years. Many of her animals are rescue animals.

2:30 p.m., Friday, June 14
Central Library
972-205-2516


Picture of an owl with it’s wings spread openRaptors of North Texas

Birds of prey are always on patrol. Meet different species and sizes of raptors and learn about their unique adaptations and hunting skills.

2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 15
North Garland Branch Library
972-205-2804


Picture of Valerie Oliver showing a yo-yo trickValerie Oliver: Science of Spin

Watch as professional yo-yo and spin top champion Valerie Oliver demonstrates the art of spinning yo-yos, tops, and diabolos and explains the physics that make spinning possible.

2:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 19
South Garland Branch Library
972-205-3933

2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 20
Walnut Creek Branch Library
972-205-2585

2:30 p.m., Friday, June 21
Central Library
972-205-2516

2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 22
North Garland Branch Library
972-205-2804


Drawing of a Lego construction manBlock Party at the Library

Children can develop their engineering skills, an important STEAM concept, by attending Block Party at the Library, a program from the Nicholson Memorial Library System for children ages 4 through 12. Block Party at the Library is designed to help children test their building skills and stretch their imaginations while having fun. The program challenges participants to use building blocks to create unique structures within one hour. 

3 p.m., Tuesday, June 25
Central Library
972-205-2516

3 p.m., Tuesday, July 9
Central Library
972-205-2516

3 p.m., Tuesday, July 23
Central Library
972-205-2516

Block Party at the Library is a free event. Children ages 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult in order to attend. The Library provides all supplies used at this event. 


Picture of a Mad Science performer doing science experiments with a group of childrenMad Science: Moon Odyssey

Become a Mad Science Astronaut and discover the principles of space and space travel, courtesy of Mad Science and NASA.


2:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 26
South Garland Branch Library
972-205-3933

2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 27
Walnut Creek Branch Library
972-205-2585

2:30 p.m., Friday, June 28
Central Library
972-205-2516

2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 29
North Garland Branch Library
972-205-2804


Wall-e Sensory MovieFamily Movie: WALL-E 

Bring a blanket and attend a free movie with your family. In WALL-E, Earth has been abandoned by mankind. WALL-E the robot cleans up the planet by collecting trash. WALL-E enjoys listening to music and finding trinkets but is lonely until EVE, a reconnaissance robot, arrives to find out if Earth can support life again. The movie is rated G. 

2:30 p.m., Friday, June 28
Walnut Creek Branch Library
972-205-2585

Doors open 15 minutes prior to the event. Seating is limited. No registration is required, and all ages may attend these events. Refreshments are available while supplies last.


Family games Family Board Games 

Families and children of all ages can drop in to the North Garland Branch Library and enjoy board games and card games. Players can choose from a variety of card games and board games, as well as some life-sized games such as Jenga, Sudoku, and Angry Birds.  

2:30-4 p.m., Saturday, July 6
North Garland Branch Library
972-205-2804


Dallas Zoo Dallas Zoo

The Dallas Zoo comes to you! The Zoo’s Animal Adventures staff brings a variety of animals from around the world to the library. Attendees can meet birds, mammals, and reptiles. A limited supply of armbands will be given out at the South Garland Branch Library and Central Library appearances on a first-come, first-served basis. 

2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 10
South Garland Branch Library
972-205-3933

2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 11
Walnut Creek Branch Library
972-205-2585

2:30 p.m., Friday, July 12
Central Library
972-205-2516

2:30 p.m., Saturday, July 13
North Garland Branch Library
972-205-2804


Wall-e Sensory MovieSensory Movie: Wall-E

Families with children ages 12 and younger with special needs are invited to attend a sensory-friendly film screening of Wall-E at the Walnut Creek Branch Library. 

In WALL-E, Earth has been abandoned by mankind. WALL-E the robot cleans up the planet by collecting trash. WALL-E enjoys listening to music and finding trinkets but is lonely until EVE, a reconnaissance robot, arrives to find out if Earth can support life again. The movie is rated G. 

2:30 p.m. Friday, July 12
Walnut Creek Branch Library
Registration begins Friday, June 28
972-205-2585

Registration is required to attend this sensory-friendly film screening, which will feature a lower volume level, fidget toys, a limited number of sunglasses for children with light sensitivity, and a limited number of headphones for those with noise sensitivity. The lights will also be left on and children will be able to walk, talk, sing, and move about during the film. An adult will be required for each special needs child attending. The event is limited to 20 children and registration is required. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the event. Refreshments will be available while supplies last.


Perot Museum of Nature and Science: Superhero SciencePerot Museum  

This interactive, educator-led show will explore the science behind superheroes and their fantastic powers. Enjoy demonstrations on topics such as matter and energy, magnetism, levitation, and light properties.

2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 17
South Garland Branch Library
972-205-3933

2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 18
Walnut Creek Branch Library
972-205-2585

2:30 p.m., Friday, July 19
Central Library
972-205-2516

2:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20
North Garland Branch Library
972-205-2804


Michelle RabouinRochelle Rabouin: Mae Among the Stars

Learn about Mae Carol Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space. Rochelle Rabouin is a vocalist, musician, and Master Teaching Artist who integrates multiple art forms into her presentations.

2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 24
South Garland Branch Library
972-205-3933


James Wand MagicianJames Wand

Assist magician James Wand on a mission of magic and mystery. Help him solve clues, crack codes, and perform magic on this top secret adventure. 

2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 25
Walnut Creek Branch Library
972-205-2585

2:30 p.m., Friday, July 26
Central Library
972-205-2516

2:30 p.m., Saturday, July 27
North Garland Branch Library
972-205-2804


Drawing of a Lego construction manFamily Block Party

Practice your engineering skills and make original Lego® creations as a family by attending Block Party at the Library. Block Party at the Library is designed to help attendees develop their STEAM engineering skills in a family-friendly environment. The program challenges participants to use building blocks to create unique structures within one hour.  

2:30 p.m., Friday, July 26
Walnut Creek Branch Library
972-205-2585

Block Party at the Library is a free event open to families. Children ages 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult in order to attend. The Library provides all supplies used at this event.


SRP Wrap Up PartySummer Reading Wrap-up Party

Participants in the Nicholson Memorial Library System’s Summer Reading Program can celebrate their accomplishments by attending the Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party. The beloved children’s book character Biscuit the Dog, created by Alyssa Capucilli, will be on hand to meet party-goers and take photos. Attendees may also make Biscuit-themed crafts. Refreshments will be available while supplies last.

2:30 p.m., Monday, July 29
Central Library
972-205-2516

The grand prize drawings for each Summer Reading Program age group, babies, kids, and teens, will be conducted at the party as well. If present, winners may receive their prizes at this time, though attendance is not required to win.