Midland County Public Libraries offer a series of events and activities throughout the summer for all ages. Discovering books and reading for pleasure helps to prevent that "summer slide" between school years, and families are given opportunities for fun for weeks on end!
Oceans of possibilities
Participants in the Summer Reading Program can earn prizes for attending library programs and reading great books. Upon completing the program, participants' names go into a drawing for the grand prizes!
Every summer comes with a different theme. This year we will have a "whale" of a time with Oceans of Possibilities. MCPL also has a variety of fun events and performers scheduled throughout the summer.
Summer Kick-off Party | June 4 from 10-12pm | Downtown Library
Visit the Downtown Library (301 W. Missouri Ave.) for a carnival-style kick-off event with games, prizes, and bounce houses.
- June 7 - Science Spectrum (external link) - Learn about native animals of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico including snakes, lizards, insects, and mammals in this hands-on demonstration.
- June 13 - Andy Mason (external link) - Award-winning New Mexico children’s musician Andy Mason brings his educational, interactive and fun musical performance to MCPL. Offering songs in English and Spanish, Andy Mason brings a little of New Mexico to each of his performances. Andy Mason’s music has been nominated for a New Mexico Music Award.
- June 21 - Harlin Rhoades (external link) - Local children’s entertainer Harlin Rhoades has brought joy to young West Texas for more than 25 years with his magic shows and balloon art. His shows are entertaining while also incorporating relevant topics such as bullying, character building, and the importance of reading
- June 27 - Will Parker (external link) - Children’s songwriter Will Parker plays guitar and harmonica and sings original songs that encourage interaction and creativity from his young audiences. A former high school theater teacher, Mr. Parker now tours the country performing at schools, libraries, museums, churches, camps, and festivals.
- June 28 - Nancy & Her Friends (external link) - Nancy is a much sought-after ventriloquist and public speaker, having performed in nearly every state, as well as Mexico and Newfoundland. She has delighted audiences at storytelling festivals across the Southwest, and thousands of churches, schools, and libraries from coast to coast.
- July 12 - Ocean Yoga with Sibley Nature Center (external link) - The Sibley Nature Center educates the community on nature and history of West Texas through a variety of educational programs. Stay active during the summer with this ocean-themed yoga activity!
End of Summer Party | July 23 from 10-1pm | Centennial Park
Celebrate reaching your summer reading goal at our wrap-up party at Downtown's Centennial Park (200 W. Wall St.), where program finishers will be entered for a chance to win a grand prize!
How to participate
Getting started with the Summer Reading Program at MCPL is quick and easy. Between May 31 and July 24, participants will be able to track reading habits and books read, as well as library programs attended, to earn points that add up to win prizes. Those who complete the summer goal are the ones entered for the grand prizes at the end of the summer!
Step one: register
Register online for Reader Zone (external link) by creating an account for one person or for the whole family. Reader Zone is also available for mobile devices in the Apple App Store (for iPhones) or Google Play Store (for Android and Samsung).
Use the code 9a9b5 to join MCPL's active programs.
Pre-Registration begins May 31.
For help with creating an account, visit the library and speak with a staff member or call us at (432) 688-4323 OR (432) 742-7445.
STEP two: track your reading
Early Learners (0-5) - For babies and children who will be read to by someone else, progress is awarded for number of minutes spent reading.
Children (6-12) – For children beginning to read with help or independently, points are awarded for number of minutes spent reading.
Teens (13-17) – For teens who are working on their reading goals, points are awarded for the number of pages read.
Adults (18+) - For adults reading independently or alongside family, points are awarded for the number of minutes spent reading.
STEP three: attend library events
Those who complete their reading goals can earn extra grand prize entries by completing special activities through the Reader Zone app and by attending library programs and events. Visit our events calendar (link) to stay up-to-date on upcoming programs and performers or ask a staff member for a copy of our monthly calendar.
MCPL could not make the Summer Reading Program really take off without the help of the Midland County Public Library Foundation. To learn more about the Foundation and how they support library programming, visit their web page (link) and follow them on Facebook @mcplftx!
The 2022 Summer Reading Program is also made possible by Midland Friends of Libraries and Literacy. The Friends provide support for libraries and other nonprofits that promote education and literacy in West Texas. Visit the Friends Bookstore at 2305 W. Michigan Ave. For more information, visit their web page.