Now Happening at the Houston Public Library — It’s “Your Space to Dream” and Make Your Imagination a Destination

Jul. 2, 2014City of Houston

Any child or teen up to 18 years of age can make their imagination a destination at this year’s “Your Space to Dream,” happening now at the Houston Public Library’s 2014 John P. McGovern Foundation Summer Reading Program (SRP). Signing up is easy to do and it’s free! All they need to do is go online at www.houstonlibrary.org or visit their favorite neighborhood library to start participating and enjoying many entertaining and educational programs. They are also going to find a whole world of adventure and fun awaits them in the great indoors AND the great outdoors too. Plus, they will receive amazing rewards just for reading!

Children and teens will also discover the Camp S.T.R.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) programs.  They will earn sticker badges for each program they attend and if they attended five or more S.T.R.E.A.M programs and read a minimum of five books they will receive a special prize pack: a book bag and Chipotle meal coupon, while supplies last.  Another way to earn rewards is by reading or listening to books from 5, 10, 20, or 30 book levels.

The Summer Reading Program incentives include:

  • Registration: one free book and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.
  • 5 books or 5 hour level: reading certificate and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.
  • 10 books or 10 hour level: one free book and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.
  • 20 books or 20 hour level: additional free book, one coupon for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.
  • 30 books or 30 hour level: one admission voucher for the Houston Zoo, and entry into a Grand Prize drawing to win a Nintendo DSi or a LEGO 8MP digital camera, and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.

In addition to the reading program, the Houston Public Library offers a variety of free, fun and entertaining programs, as well as diverse performances for children and teens up to 18 years old at every HPL neighborhood library location throughout July 2014. To get a free SRP Catalog with details on all programs or more SRP information go to any Houston Public Library neighborhood location or visit: www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

*Summer Reading Programs for Children Include:
All About Turtles; Petting Zoo; Houston ZooMobile; Houston Audoubon Society; Arts & Crafts; Clowns; Magic & Illusion; Music & Dance; Storytime; Puppets; Science & History; Theater; and more.

*Summer Reading Programs for Teens Include:
Pop Shop Houston Crafts; Houston Makerspace; Screen Printing; Capoeira Class; Urgeworks: Urban dance; American Robotics Academy; TX/RX Labs; Electromagnets; Paper Circuits; Code Park; and more.

SRP Partnerships

The Summer Reading Program is generously supported by the John P. McGovern Foundation, Rosen Publishing, Houston Zoo, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Chipotle, the Houston Public Library Foundation, and the Friends of the Houston Public Library.

About “Read Down Your Fines”

This year’s Summer Reading Program includes the “Read Down Your Fines” initiative, which allows kids and teens to earn coupons valued at $5.00 to apply to overdue fines on their library accounts as a reward for participating in the Summer Reading Program and achieving the reading levels. These coupons may only be used for overdue fines, and cannot be applied to costs associated with lost library materials or to accounts already in collection. Coupons may only be used once and will not be issued balances (i.e., if a $5.00 coupon is used to pay an outstanding balance of $3.00, then the coupon may not be used again for another fine or on another account). All coupons expire on August 31, 2014 and must be used by that date.

About the Houston Public Library

The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, four HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than seven million customers per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.