Summer Reading - Kids

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raise the "woof" this summer with SRC 2021: Tails and Tales

The 2021 Summer Reading Challenge is simple and fun! It is so important for children to work out their mind, body and soul for academic success and to stay healthy. This year's challenge encourages children to engage in reading and a combination of fun activities to advance to weekly milestones in exchange for amazing incentives. Irving's Summer Reading Challenge starts June 1 and ends July 31.

Step 1: Get a reading log or sign up online
Pick up a paper reading log at any Irving Public Library location OR sign up with the library's online log READSquaredReading logs are available to download and print at home. Click here to download the Children's reading log.

Step 2: Read & record 
Children up to 12 years of age can read to themselves, or be read to, for at least 20 minutes a day during the Challenge. There are also activities, called Missions, that can also count towards their progress. Use the log or READsquared to keep track and celebrate accomplishments.

Step 3: Pick up prizes
Every five days of reading or missions completed will reach a milestone which qualifies the participant for a prize. Each Monday* a new weekly drawing and set of incentives becomes available. *Due to a holiday closure, prizes will be available beginning Tuesday, July 6 that week. Bring the reading log to any Irving Library location, or ask a staff member to claim prizes logged in READsquared between June 7 and Aug. 14! Incentives must be picked up inside the buildings this year. The deadline to pick up all prizes/incentives is Aug. 14.

Kid's Reading Challenge FAQ

Q: What are this year's prizes?
A: Awards this year include coloring books, brag tags, inflatable beach balls, finger puppets, bookmarks, animal drawstring bags, free books, and reading certificates. There are also weekly prize drawings and a Grand Prize basket drawing for completing the entire program. 

Q: What can my child read for the challenge?
A: Nearly anything - books you own, books from the library, or books borrowed from a friend. Picture books, non-fiction books, novels, short stories, comics and magazines count! Have your child read to themselves, you can read aloud to them, or they can listen to an audiobook! All reading counts!

Q: What are missions?
A: Missions are approved activities which can be substituted for, or done in addition to, the day's reading. These activities include visiting a library storywalk, performing a random act of kindness, watching one of the library's virtual programs, practicing self-care and more!

Q: Can you recommend any books to read?
A: Visit our IPL Staff Recommendation page for readers' services, booklists and newsletters. Each library also has suggested reading lists of age- and grade-appropriate books that children love. Pick one up or visit our Print On Demand page to view or print your own. If you still need help, our children's staff are happy to assist.

Q: Do I need an Irving Public Library card to participate?
A: No, a library card is not required to be a part of the reading challenge.

Q: Where can I find programs?
A: Look to the right of this text box for a scrolling list of activities this summer. You can also discover many free and fun series on our Virtual Programs page.

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Upcoming Children's Programs June 1-July 31 (Click on an image to see full event details.)

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AppleSummer meal Program

Hungry children are more likely to have social and behavioral issues and face a more significant learning deficiency in summer that sets them back when they return to school in the fall. Due to the generosity of CitySquare Food, children ages 1-18 will be provided with meals during Summer Reading Challenge. This program is free and no registration is required. Visit our Summer Meals page for more information.