- May 15, 2014

2014 Summer Reading Programs in Austin and Beyond


There are plenty of fun summer reading programs to keep kids reading all summer long. Here are several for your little bookworm to enjoy!


  • Barnes & Noble — Kids read any eight books, log them in a reading journal, and earn a FREE book from a pre-selected list when they turn in the journal to any Barnes & Noble location between May 20 and September 2, 2014. Go here to download a reading journal (PDF).
  • Half Price Books — The Feed Your Brain program offers $5 Back to School Bucks to kids who have read a total of 300 minutes in a month’s time. Parents may read to kids who are still learning. One Top Reader from each age group, per store, will win a $20 HPB gift card. Must be 14 years of age or under to participate.  Download a printable reading log. HPB Bookworm Bucks coupons are valid through August 27, 2014 only. Visit a store near you on Sunday, June 8 at 2 p.m. for the Biggest Story Time of the Summer! To find a store near you, visit the HPB website.
  • BookPeople — Head to BookPeople to pick up a summer reading bookmark for your age level. Choose at least three of the recommended books and up to three books of your own choosing –for a total of 6 great books– to read over the summer. Bring back your filled out bookmark to BookPeople any time during the summer and you can add your name to our Wall of Summer Reading Stars! You’ll also receive you prize, a BookPeople gift certificate!


  • Austin Public Library — June 8 through August 23, the Austin Public Library’s SRP’14, Summer Reading Program 2014, encourages you to sign up and set a reading goal for the summer. Complete your reading goal and select a prize book of your choice. That’s right, you earn a FREE book just for reading! Sign up at the Library or online. Return your completed log to any Austin Public Library location between July 1 and August 23, 2014, and choose a book to keep. In addition to a summer full of great reading, the library will also have loads of fun things to do beginning June 9. There are programs for youth of all ages, from toddlers to teens. See event listings for dates and times.
  • Wells Branch Community Library — Join the library for a Summer Reading Kick-off Star Party with Austin Astronomical Society on Friday, June 6, from 6:30 – 8:45 p.m.  Register to enjoy a mobile planetarium show with Austin Planetarium here. This summer will be A Summer of Science at the library.  Click here for the Summer Reading Program events and activities that will be happening at the library all summer long (scroll to the bottom of the page, past the weekly kids programs). Visit the library calendar for more information. (15001 Wells Port Drive, Austin)
  • Laura’s Library — Pick up your reading log at the Summer Reading Kick-off Party on Saturday, May 31 at 10 a.m. There will be mini horses, a bungee trampoline, a performance by Lucas Miller, and more!  (9411 Bee Cave Road, Austin)
  • Bee Cave Public Library — It all starts at the Kick-Off Party on June 7, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Get signed up to participate and receive your summer reading tote. Stop by between 2-4:00 p.m. to see a local artist at work and get ideas on how to decorate your bag. The rest of the summer will feature programs for kids, teens, and adults. Read books, win prizes, enjoy performances, craft days, and more.  The program will run from June 7 – August 2, 2014. (4000 Galleria Parkway, Bee Cave)
  • Round Rock Public Library — “Reading, science, and an explosion of fun!” The 2014 Summer Reading Program celebrates science and reading with challenges, performances, and prizes during Fizz! Boom! Read! Enjoy an explosion of fun June 1 – August 4! Connect with an online reading log, win prizes, check out free performances and programs, and explore the library’s huge selection of great materials in digital and physical formats. (216 E Main Ave, Round Rock)
  • Cedar Park Public Library — The Cedar Park Public Library, in conjunction with the Texas State Library, is proud to present the 2014 Summer Reading Clubs: “Fizz, Boom, Read!” for kids, “Spark a Reaction” for teens, and “Elemental Reads” for adults. The Library’s Summer Reading Clubs run from June 9th through August 1st and are open to all ages. The programs begin on June 9th with a Scholastic Book Fair, sponsored by the Friends of the Cedar Park Public Library. The book fair will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on June 9th and 10th, with special guest Clifford the Big Red Dog who will be available for visits and photographs from 10:00 a.m. to noon during the Book Fair. To participate in the Summer Reading Club, simply sign up at the Cedar Park Public Library beginning on June 9th and receive a reading log. For every 200 minutes kids read, they earn a colored cut-out to display in the library’s window and special incentive awards and coupons! Teen prizes are earned for every 300 minutes read. For adults, every 400 minutes read gets an entry form for a drawing prize from a local merchant. (550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park)
  • Pflugerville Public Library —  The Summer Reading Club will run from June 9 – August 2. The program is available for kids, teens and adults. There will be special events all summer long as part of the summer reading program. (1008 West Pfluger Street, Pflugerville)
  • Georgetown Public Library — The 2014 Children’s Summer Reading program kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, with magician Cody Fischer and food and drinks. The Summer Reading Club is a self-paced program in which children choose their reading level and keep records of either the books they read (or that are read to them) or the amount of time they spend reading (or are read to) each day. The Summer Reading Club is open to kids ages 0-12. You may register for the Summer Reading Club during the kick-off, or you may do so online or the next time you come to the library. There will be a dedicated Reading Club computer in the Children’s Room during June, July, and August so that you can record the books you read. The last day to enter books or time on the reading log is midnight on Saturday, August 2, 2014. Click on these links to see the summer special events: June 2014, July 2014, August 2014. (402 W. 8th St, Georgetown)
  • Lake Travis Community Library — Join the library for the 2014 Summer Reading Program Kickoff on Saturday, June 7th from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Enjoy the Nowhere Men Beatles cover band, Tiny Tails to You! baby animal petting zoo, interactive exercises with Be Healthy Lake Travis, and Hola-Hola! Story Time with SOMOS AMIGOS for all ages. Also, have your face painted, get a tattoo, do crafts, and enjoy refreshments. Be sure to pick up the summer calendar and plenty of reading logs to last you throughout the summer. (1938 Lohman’s Crossing, Austin)
  • Kyle Public Library — Join the library for a Summer Reading Program! Registration for the program begins on June 10th and all those who register will be entered into a grand prize drawing. Once you are registered, you will get a reading log to track your reading. For every four hours of reading, bring your reading log to the library, have your reading log stamped, and collect a reading reward from the treasure chest. Be sure to check out more library books! When your reading log is completed bring it to the library to collect your last reward. All those who finish the reading log will earn a reading certificate and get a second entry for the grand prize drawing. The last day to turn in your reading log for a second entry for a grand prize is July 23rd at 6:00 p.m. All ages can register for the Summer Reading Program, including adults! (550 Scott St, Kyle)
Online Programs
  • Scholastic Summer Challenge — Kids from birth to age 12 can log their reading minutes, earn prizes, and take part in an attempt to read for the world record! Visit the website to register for this free program. 
  • Book Adventure by Sylvan — Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.
  • New York Times Summer Reading Contest — Each week, June 13 through August 15, teenagers age 13 to 19 years old are invited to choose any piece (article, photo, video) in The New York Times and write to tell why it interested them, whether they loved or hated it. The blog will choose a weekly winner to feature.