Fort Bend County Libraries presents special reading clubs during the summer to encourage reading among children, middle-school students, teens, and adults. Registration for the 2016 Summer Reading Clubs will begin on Monday, May 30, and continue through August 27, at all Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) locations. Library programs and activities for children and teens begin during the week of June 6, and continue through July 30.
There is no charge to join the Summer Reading Clubs, and they are open to everyone, regardless of the county of residence. Participants may register at any Fort Bend County library, or they may register online by going to the FBCL website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) and clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up” image, which will become available on May 30. When the online registration form has been completed, readers will then have their own online page on which to record their books and reading time.
Reading rewards can be redeemed beginning Monday, June 6. The last day to pick up awards for children and middle-school students is August 27. Prizes must be collected from the “primary library of use” that the reader indicated on the registration form.
Summer Reading Club For Children
“On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!”
“On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!” is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Club for children. Children from infancy through elementary school-age are invited to come to the library to read a lot of great books, see some exciting programs, and join in some fun activities to kick off a great summer!
Children are encouraged to read as many books as they can and they will earn rewards based on the total number of books they read or have read to them. For the first five books read, the child will receive a bookmark. The rewards continue with a certificate for 10 books, a pencil for 15 books, and a reading trophy for the first 20 books read. For every 20 books read, the participant’s name will also be written on an award ribbon to be displayed in that branch library.
The names of readers who complete the goal of reading 20 books or more will be entered into a drawing for gift cards — donated by the Friends of the Library organizations — from area stores. One winner from each library location will be selected in a drawing that will take place in August.
Middle School Summer Challenge
“Get In The Game: Read”
“Get in the Game: Read” is the theme for this summer’s Middle School Summer Challenge for youth in grades 6-8. Exciting free activities are planned, while area readers participate in the Middle School Summer Challenge by logging online the time they spend reading. Middle-school students are encouraged to read as many books as they can, and they will earn rewards based on the total amount of time they spend reading.
For the first 10 hours (600 minutes) of reading, each student will receive a mystery prize. Upon completion of 20 hours (1200 minutes) of reading, they will receive a trophy. The names of participants who complete 20 or more hours of reading will be entered into a drawing for a $25-gift card – donated by the Friends of the library — that will be awarded to one lucky reader at each branch library in a drawing that will take place in August.
Summer Reading Club For Teens, Adults
“Exercise Your Mind – Read!”
This year’s theme for the Adult Summer Reading Club is “Exercise Your Mind – Read!” Adults of all ages, including young adults in high school, may participate in the Adult Summer Reading Club by reading four or more books and participating in optional “challenges” that can be completed individually at home.
Weekly drawings for an FBCL tote bag will take place throughout June and July at each branch library for readers who log in and record the books they read. The first drawing will take place on June 10.
The names of participants who complete at least four books will be entered into a drawing for a $25-gift card – donated by the Friends of the library — that will be awarded to one lucky reader at each branch library in a drawing that will take place on July 29.
An ultimate grand prize will be awarded to one lucky reader in the library system. Participants in the Adult Summer Reading Club who complete the program by reading four books will be entered into a drawing for a NOOK™ eReader, which will be awarded to one winner in the library system on July 29. The last day to pick up awards is August 6.
The Summer Reading Clubs are sponsored by Fort Bend County Libraries, the Friends organizations that support the county library system, and by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer-reading program materials for public libraries.
For more information, call the branch library nearest you, or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.