Corpus Christi Fun for Kids Area Summer Reading Programs Guide 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017
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! Do you know of a program we missed, let us know! Also, compiling is hard work, please be courteous and link back to this page when using this info.

Library Programs


Corpus Christi Public Libraries "Build a Better World" Summer Reading Program
Program start June 5, 2017. Great summer program for kids and teens at all CC library locations as well as log for tracking books with reading incentives.

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 for kids and even adults. Various programs at the library including crafts, activities, special guests and more!
2400 Memorial Pkwy
Portland, TX
361-777-0921


Nueces County Library System "Build a Better World" Summer Reading Program
Kick off party is Saturday, June 3. Register and learn about the different prizes you can win at the library! Pre-registration date May 3, 2017. June 3, 2017 - July 29, 2017. This year's program is fun, interactive and online! There's a reading program for everyone - babies, kids, teens, and even adults.
1000 Terry Shamsie Blvd.
Robstown, TX

Port Aransas Library "Build A Better World" Summer Reading Program 
June 5-July 7, 2017
Featuring great books and fun activities! Children Ages 4-9. Summer visitors welcome.
Ellis Memorial Library
700 W. Avenue A


Ingleside Public Library Summer Reading Program
Runs June 5 - July 7, 2017. Entertainment lined up with program coming soon.
2775 Waco Street
Ingleside, TX

Naval Air Station Library Summer Reading Program
TBA
Library and Resource Center NAS Corpus Christi
361-961-3574

Little Free Libraries of the Coastal Bend
While not a reading program, you can find one of these cute mini libraries all over the city! These will definitely help your kids reach their reading goal! Find locations on the map. A few of them also have Facebook pages here and here.

Businesses and Organizations


Half Price Books "Feed Your Brain" Summer Reading Program
Biggest Storytime of the Summer on Sunday, June 4th at 2 pm. Kids 14 years of age or younger, or 8th grade and under, can participate and earn Half Price Books® Bookworm Bucks June 1–July 31, 2017. Limit one reading log per month, per participant. Reading logs must be turned in at any HPB store on or before August 31, 2017.
Half Price Books Corpus Christi
5425 S Padre Island Dr.
361-991-4494


Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program
The B&N Summer Reading Program is designed to reinforce learning, nurture skills and motivate students to extend their reading through the summer vacation. Students can pick the books they want to read and proceed at their own pace. They read any eight books this summer and record them in their Summer Reading Journal, tell them which part of the book is their favorite, and why and then bring the completed journal to a store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017.
Barnes and Noble Corpus Christi
5129 Blanche Moore Dr.
361-992-1339

Corpus Christi Hooks “Get Hooked on Reading” 
TBA
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 12/31/17. You can find other reward calendars here.
5118 S Staples St.
361-993-8824

H‑E‑Buddy Summer Reading Club
TBA

Online Programs 

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online program designed to motivate and excite kids around reading books this summer. Kids can log the minutes they spend reading, earn virtual rewards, and enter sweepstakes. Runs May 8-September 8, 2017.

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. (This is a year-long program).

Updated 5/16/17
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