Summer Reading is Fun 2016

Sunday, May 8, 2016
When I was a kid, my favorite thing to do in the Summer was getting dropped off at the library for a few hours, using the card catalog (I'm old) and getting the limit of books to read.  Books are a great way to entertain kids during the Summer but not all kids are motivated to read, especially with the tv so close at hand.  So it's really nice when there's an incentive to read!  Here are some local and online Summer programs to keep your kids from getting bored. Check back often, there are still more coming!  Also, compiling is hard work, please be courteous and link back to this page when using this info.

Library Programs


Corpus Christi Public Libraries "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!" Summer Reading Program
Program starts June 6.  Great summer programs at library locations as well as log for tracking books. All locations participate.

La Retama Central Library
805 Comanche St.
361-826-7046

Anita & W.T. Neyland Public Library
1230 Carmel Pkwy.
361-826-2370

Ben F. McDonald Public Library
4044 Greenwood Dr.
361-826-2356

Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Public Library
5930 Brockhampton Dr.
361-826-2360

Janet F. Harte Public Library
2629 Waldron Rd.
361-937-6569

Owen R. Hopkins Library
3202 McKinzie Rd.
361-826-2350

Bell Whittington Public Library (Portland) Summer Reading Program
Summer reading program starts May 26.  Crafts, activities, movies, and more!
2400 Memorial Pkwy
Portland, TX
361-777-0921

Nueces County Library System "On your mark, get set, read!" Summer Reading Program
Programs start on Saturday, June 4 and run through Saturday, July 30.  Lots of fun activities as well as a reading log for tracking books.
1000 Terry Shamsie Blvd.
Robstown, TX

Naval Air Station Library "Read for the Win" Summer Reading Program 

Eight weeks of programs and events while you work towards your reading goal. Program is open to anyone that has base access. Early registration begins June 6 and is available till June 30. Begin logging minutes June 18. Program ends August 13. Pick up your registration bags and T-Shirt at the Summer Reading Kick Off Event on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 9:00 - 11:00 am at the Activities Center (Building 1756)  Enjoy crafts, carnival games and inflatables.
Register at the NAS library or online.
Library and Resource Center NAS Corpus Christi
361-961-3574

Port Aransas Library "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!" Summer Reading Program 
Runs through July 27, 2016. The program meets once a week on Wednesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 pm.
700 W. Avenue A
Port Aransas, TX

Local Businesses and Organizations

Half Price Books "Feed Your Brain" Summer Reading Program
Kids high school age and under can participate and earn Half Price Books® Bookworm Bucks. Biggest Storytime of the Summer on Sunday, June 5th at 2 pm.
Kids 8th grade and under read 15 minutes a day. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.) Once they've reached 300 or more minutes, they can bring their logs to claim their Bookworm Bucks.  Highschool students get to write a short review on a recommended book. Promotion valid June 1 - July 31, 2016.
Half Price Books Corpus Christi
5425 S Padre Island Dr.
361-991-4494

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon
This program has been designed with activities and challenges that kids will find fun no matter what kind of books they like to read. Best of all, to earn a FREE book all they need to do is answer 3 of the 4 questions on the back of their Summer Reading Triathlon Journal, turn in their completed journal between May 17 and September 6, 2016.
Barnes and Noble Corpus Christi
5129 Blanche Moore Dr.
361-992-1339

Corpus Christi Hooks “Get Hooked on Reading” 
Summer reading program offered to all students in the Coastal Bend area. This program is designed to encourage students to read during the summer months. All students in first through eighth grades are welcome to join. Starting on June 6th, students can begin sending in this completed form by mail, fax or drop off at Whataburger Field. The deadline to send in the form will be on August 5th. Get up to 4 tickets for the 2nd Annual "Get Hooked on Reading/Book Drive Night" game on Sunday, August 14th. You can bring new or gently used books to the game to be donated to the Corpus Christi Public Library. For more information contact Courtney Merritt at 361-561-4683 or at cmerritt@cchooks.com.
Whataburger Field
734 E Port Ave.
Corpus Christi, TX

Chuck E Cheese Reading Rewards
This is actually available year round but it’s a great incentive to get your kids to read in the Summer. If kids read a book every day for 2 weeks, they get 10 FREE tokens. Food purchase is required. Offer expires 12/31/16. You can find other reward calendars here.
5118 S Staples St.
361-993-8824

H‑E‑Buddy Summer Reading Club

Kids read ten books and record them on their reading log. Adults initial by the title so kids get credit for reading. Once the log is complete, parents mail the form and kids will get a special t‑shirt. Kids have until October 1st 2016 to send it in. The H‑E‑Buddy Summer Reading Club is only for children who are residents of Texas and between the ages of 3‑12.

Online Programs 

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Start recording Summer reading minutes May 9th. Free online reading program for children. Read and log minutes all summer. Unlock stories and earn rewards. Help set a new reading world record!

Sylvan Learning Book Adventure
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.
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