Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading banner pale green with "Imagine Your Story" and a cat and a tiger reading books

Summer Fun for Everyone - June 1 through July 31

Whether you are a kid, teen, or adult, you can participate in a reading program for your age group. Why should you participate? In addition to the pleasure you receive from reading a good book, you may also earn prizes!  This summer all our programs will be virtual.  Several craft programs will include packets you can choose to pick up curbside if you don’t already have the supplies at home.

Performers, crafts and storytimes oh my! June 1 through July 25
Enjoy watching special performer videos and craft videos led by your favorite librarians June 1 through July 25.

Prizes?  Did someone say prizes? Read for 20 hours between June 28 and July 31 to earn badges and entries for the grand prizes!
Babies, Children and Teens: For every 5 hours you read you get a badge in Beanstack, and an entry into the grand prize drawing. You will also get a prize pack when you complete 20 hours of reading and turn in the final log. If you are using Beanstack there is no need to print anything.  And you earn badges along the way!  

Adults: For every 5 hours you read you get a badge in Beanstack, and an entry into the grand prize drawing. 

Everyone can continue logging their reading hours, up to 40 hours or until July 31, to gain more entries into the grand prize drawings.

Grand prize: Chromebooks!  Drawings for a Chromebook for children, for teens and for adults will be held in late August.  Babies will get an age appropriate grand prize. Max number of entries is 8 per person.

Reading logs and Beanstack: Beginning June 28, you can choose to record your time using a paper reading log or by using our online reading challenge site made by Beanstack.  

Welcome to our reading challenge site.  Here you can create an account for yourself and for your children.  Once created, you can start logging your summer reading to earn badges and entries in the grand prize drawings.

  • Choose the registration option that’s right for you (Family, Individual or Group) and create an account.
  • Select a reading challenge: "2020 Youth Summer Reading Challenge" or "2020 Adult Summer Reading Challenge"
  • Beginning June 28, enter your time spent reading and start earning badges and rewards! Each badge means that you have read for 5 hours! For every 5 hours you read, you earn one entry into the grand prize drawing.

Beanstack App

  • Search for "Beanstack" in your app store or marketplace and download the app
  • Say yes to "Does your school or library use beanstack?"
  • Enter "Garland" when prompted for your location
  • Choose "Nicholson Memorial Library System" from the list
  • Create an account or enter your email and password

What does "Share Code" mean?
Share codes give you the ability to link your account to a profile that someone else set up. 

Reading Logs
You can still track your summer reading using a paper log. Print out the appropriate reading log and bring it to your library the week of July 31 or when you complete 20 hours of reading.  Kids and teens will get a prize pack after 20 hours of reading but there will not be weekly prizes.

Children’s Reading Log (PDF)

Registro de lectura para niños (PDF)

Adult Reading Log (PDF)

For more information about the children’s and teen reading programs, please call 972-205-2516. For information about the adult reading program, please call 972-205-2502.

Children’s Summer reading Programs

  1. Upcoming Programs
  2. Past Programs

Art Explorers: Magical Agamograph

Art Explorers will create an Agamograph. Agamographs are 3-D art made with two to three images. The participants will create two separate images of fantastical landscapes to make their own Magical Agamograph.

Supplies needed:
4- 8.5 x 11 sheets of cardstock

Creature Teacher - Furry tails

Learn about a wide assortment of animals from our next #SummerReading performer, the Creature Teacher! 

Video will be posted 2:30 p.m., Monday July 13

Creative Kids (Ages 6-12)  Kaleidoscope Fun

Come have some kaleidoscope fun!  Learn how kaleidoscopes work, while creating their own unique design using recycled materials, straws, and mirrored paper.  

Supplies needed:
Recycled toilet paper tubes
Mirror board
Drawing tool (pencil, pen, marker, etc.)
Coloring tools (markers, crayons, etc.) 

Video will be posted 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 14

Craft supplies for Creative Kids will be offered to the first 30 participants to request them.  Call the South Garland Branch at 972-205-3934 to register. Curbside pickup is available.

Yoga for Children (Ages 6-12)

Enjoy a 10 minute yoga class for children and families.

2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 16 on Facebook Live

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Creative Kids - Could You Be a Knight 

Children will get to create their own shields and learn to joust with a pool noodle. Children can register and then pick-up the knight shield at the Central Library (in-person or curbside pickup).  Children can use a pool noodle they already have or some other flexible implement their parents allow them to joust with. Children will learn about historical knights and we will give parents some ideas of other knight themed activities to do at home.

Supplies needed:
Precut Knight Shield
Pool Noodle

The knight shield for Creative Kids will be offered to the first 24 participants to request them.  Call the Central Library at 972-205-2516 to register. Curbside pickup is available.

The video will be posted 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 21

T-Rex Tea Party 

This program blends two childhood favorites, tea parties and dinosaurs.  Watch T-Rex and Miss Malia read Dear Tyrannosaurus Rex by Lisa McClatchy and Tea Rex by Molly Idle then practice tea party etiquette with T-Rex.

10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 30
Facebook Live

Supplies you may want to have:
Tea Set

Sparkly dinosaur hat craft kits will be offered to the first 40 participants to request them.  Call the North Garland Branch at 972-205-2804 to register. Curbside pickup is available.

Teen/Tween Programs

  1. Upcoming Programs
  2. Past Programs

Teen Virtual Programming - Trivia Night

The trivia will be based on anime, history, TV/movies, pop culture, books and more.  How much do you know?

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15
Zoom event

Please register so we can contact you with the Zoom event details.

Dungeons and Dragons for Teens

Online meeting of teens who wish to participate in a D&D quest! Each teen will have a character and staff will lead them on a quest through a fantasy world where they will have to battle creatures, solve puzzles and do math! 

6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 22
Registration required

Meetings will be done over Zoom. Call to register and the link will be sent to registrants on June 24. There are only 10 available spots in a single campaign however if there are more than 10 teens who are interested in participating the library will form a wait list so that we have back up players in case one of the 10 original teens has to drop from the program. 

Teen Program - Geeky Terrariums

Teens will get to create a geeky terrarium from a mason jar and any geeky figurines and accessories they have at home. On Tuesday, July 29, teens will watch a Facebook Live video of staff creating a terrarium. Teens will be shown how 

to create a scene in their terrarium with the materials they have at home – fishing wire, paper, hot glue, sand, rocks, etc. Teens can then create their own terrariums.

Supplies needed:
Fishing wire
Hot glue/hot glue gun
Mason Jars 

Video will be posted 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 29

Adult Programs

  1. Upcoming Programs
  2. Past Programs

Adult Craft Workshop - Book Binding

Patrons will learn about the Japanese style of book binding. This method involves using a blunt needle to sew pages together, eliminating the need for glue or other binding equipment. 

Supplies needed:
Assorted paper
Bookbinding needles (or a blunt needle)
Awl (or a hammer and nail, drill, sharp tweezers, thumbtacks, pins)
Waxed linen thread (or any thread waxed with beeswax)
Binder clips (or clothespins, paper clips)

“All in the Family” Preserving Family Stories Using Technology

Patrons can learn the basics on how to digitally preserve family stories using digital apps and recording equipment. We will demonstrate how to use a few of the apps for recording audio and video as well as provide resources on how to conduct interviews with family members to help preserve family history.

Video will be posted 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 14

Gary Whitaker

Watch as storyteller Gary Whitaker shares some Texas folk tales. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Video will be posted 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 19, and is available through Aug. 16, 2020.