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Dive Deep this summer with SRC 2022: Oceans of Possibilities

The 2022 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 two hours per week 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. Download the Children's reading log in English or Spanish.

Step 2: Read & record 
Children up to fifth grade, or in the summer before their sixth grade year, can read to themselves, or be read to, for at least 2 hours per week during the Challenge. Use the log or READsquared to keep track, and celebrate accomplishments. Children may read more than 2 hours, but are limited to earn only prize per week.

Step 3: Pick up prizes
Each Monday* a new set of incentives becomes available. *Due to a holiday closure, prizes will be available beginning Tuesday, July 5 that week. Bring the reading log to any Irving Library location, or ask a staff member to claim prizes logged in READsquared between June 6 and Aug. 14! The deadline to pick up all prizes/incentives is Sunday, Aug. 14.

Upcoming Children's Programs June 1-July 31 

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Kid's Reading Challenge FAQ

Q: What are this year's prizes?
A: Prizes include treasure chest surprises, a drawstring bag, free books and reading certificates. There is also a Grand Prize gift basket drawing. Kids earn entries automatically for each week they redeem prizes. 

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

Q: Can you recommend any books to read?
A: Visit the 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 the Print it Yourself page to view or print one out from home. Anyone in need of help can also ask a children's staff member.

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 above the FAQ section for a scrolling list of activities this summer. See a full list by downloading the Children's SRC Event brochure.

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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.