If you are tardy for the party, do not fret, you are still eligible to earn prizes for reading. Teens in grades 6-12 can earn prizes such as books and coupons when they read five hours a week. They are even eligible to enter a drawing for an iPad Mini! In addition to reading, teens are encouraged to attend our free Summer Reading Challenge programs. Any of which, they will receive a credit for one hour of reading.
Adults can turn in a reading log for every 5 books they read. Turn in as many logs as you like per week, but prizes are limited to 15 per person.
Visit any of our Irving Public Libraries to redeem your prizes and to take advantage of these fun events:
Craftworks: Northern Lights Fun Art | Ages 18+1 p.m. July 5 | West Branch Library, 4444 W. Rochelle RoadJoin us for the latest edition of "Fun Art, Not Fine Art," and create your own Northern Lights masterpiece. All supplies provided. This program is intended for patrons 18 and older. No children please.
Milky Way Bath Bombs | Ages 18+11 p.m. July 6 | Valley Ranch Library Meeting Room, 401 Cimarron TrailLearn how to create your own Milky Way bath bombs at this make-and-take class for adults. All supplies are provided while they last. No children, please
DIY Geek Chic: Viva la Frida | Grades 6-122 p.m. July 6 | South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Dr.Celebrate Frida Kahlo's birthday with us. Make custom totes and colorful crafts!
Anime Club: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing | Grades 6-124 p.m. July 6 | Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron TrailGIANT ROBOTS IN SPACE! Enjoy classic '90s anime while creating origami art.
Starry, Starry Night Art for Adults | Ages 18+4:30 p.m. July 11 | East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery RoadCreate your own version of this scene with melted crayon art. Supplies are provided. Ages 18 and up.
Chopped: Space Edition | Grades 6-122 p.m. July 11 | West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle RoadTeens can enjoy an outer space edition of Chopped, a food competition where your creativity is put to the test. Use food items like astronaut ice cream and freeze-dried fruit. Come see who will be named the Chopped Champion and who will hear, "You have been chopped!"
Constellation Jar | Grades 6-125:30 p.m. July 11 | Valley Ranch Library Meeting Room, 401 Cimarron TrailCreate a nightlight that glows with a jar full of stars. Materials provided. Grades 6-12.
Going Underground Cave Adventures | All Ages2 p.m. July 13 | South Irving Library Program Room, 601 Schulze DriveCave explorer and Irving resident Bill Steele shares stories of his global expeditions, including of Sistema Huautla in Mexico, one of the deepest caves in the world. Steele is the author of several books about extreme cave exploration, and his work has been the subject of Nova and National Geographic Explorer television specials. All ages.
Crafty Cabs & More: Galaxy Rocks | Grades 6-124:30 p.m. July 15 | South Irving Library, 601 Schulze DriveSet your course for outer space to make painted galaxy rocks! Using acrylic paints and splatter techniques, create a solar system small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
Craft Like Crazy: Button Moon Collages | Ages 18+6:30 p.m. July 16 | South Irving Library Meeting Room #3, 601 Schulze Dr.Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by creating a beautiful crescent moon collage using colorful buttons during this come-and-go, make-it-and-take-it craft event for adults.
Button Moons | Grades 6-125:30 p.m. July 18 | Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron TrailMake a 3D moon to decorate your room or locker. Materials provided. Grades 6-12.
Mandala Art Stars and Moon Rocks | Ages 18+11 a.m. July 20 | Valley Ranch Library Meeting Room, 401 Cimarron TrailJoin us for a morning of painting stars and moon rocks using the mandala dot art technique at this make-and-take class for adults. All supplies are provided while they last. No children, please.
Moon Landing 50th Anniversary | All Ages10 a.m. – 9 p.m. July 20 | West Irving Library Meeting Room, 4444 W. Rochelle RoadSpend the day celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with free activities for all ages!
Galaxy Graffiti Art with Artist Sarah Downey | Grades 6-122 p.m. July 20 | South Irving Library Teen Zone, 601 Schulze DriveArtist Sarah Downey will create a one of a kind permanent piece for our Teen Zone. Sarah will demonstrate different art techniques & we’ll decorate bookends to add flare to the teen shelves.
Cosmic Coasters | Ages 18+4:30 p.m. July 25 | East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery RoadMake your own celestial-themed coaster! Supplies are provided.
Guardians of the Galaxy Night Light | Grades 6-122 p.m. July 25 | West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle RoadDo you sing like Star-Lord or dance like Groot? Then you should join us in making your own "Guardians" night light and watching the movie! Light up your room or favorite spaces with images of your favorite Guardians.
Paint A Galaxy | Grades 6-125:30 p.m. July 25 | Valley Ranch Library Meeting Room, 401 Cimarron TrailFill the skies with color as you create a galaxy with sponge painting. Materials provided. Grades 6-12.
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