Our fantastic Summer Reading Program begins Friday, June 1 (continuing through Tuesday, July 31) and offers children, teens and their families the opportunity to share reading time together and attend special guest programs while keeping track of their reading successes. Summer reading helps children keep their brains active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and succeed.
Children from birth to age 5 can join the Rubber Ducky Reading Club. Choose activities that help develop early literacy skills and earn prizes. Prizes include a rubber ducky and a board book to take home, as well as an entry into a drawing for a chance to win a gift of books.
Kids in kindergarten through grade 5 can join Dream Big, READ! Kids read to earn a Book Buck to redeem in any of the Library District Foundation’s Used Bookstores, a gold medal and an entry into a prize drawing for a chance to win a $50 gift card from Barnes & Noble.
Own the Night is the program for teens in grades six and up. Teens who read earn a Book Buck, a magnetic bookmark and an entry into a drawing for a chance to win a Sony WiFi eReader.
Many thanks to these Summer Reading sponsors that are helping our kids Dream Big: Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation; Cox Communications; Arcata Associates, Inc.; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Nevada State Library and Archives; United Healthcare; Walmart; Elaine Wynn; Glenn and Ann Christenson; Kris and Fred Hipwell; Jeanne Goodrich; Tom and Bonnie Lawyer; and Melvin J. White.
Highlights of events throughout the Summer Reading Program include:
Dream Big! Summer Reading Kickoff
Summer Reading is here! Come to our kickoff celebration to find out how to sign up, log your reading and earn prizes.
Eth Noh Tec
Contemporary presentations of traditional folktales from many Asian countries and cultures through spoken word, dance, theater and music. Ages 3 and older.
Vegas PBS Ready to Learn
In this interactive parent-child workshop, participants will be given ideas for simple, hands-on activities that will support their preschoolers’ learning using PBS children’s programs and online resources.
Southern Nevada Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts
Join Southern Nevada Teaching Artists for an interactive presentation for parents and children to explore the book Zero by Kathryn Otoshi. For children 3-5 years old and will include rhythm, chanting and active participation from parent and child.
Dream Big! Summer Reading Puppet Show
Turn on the moon and stars, and welcome the creatures of the night to our seasonal summer puppet show. We’ll help you get ready for bedtime with lullabies and stories sure to give you sweet dreams.
Carnival of the Animals with the Fratello Marionettes
The Fratello Marionettes are back to perform Carnival of the Animals, a marionette variety show presenting three classic storybook tales: The Three Little Pigs, The Tortoise and the Hare, and The Ugly Duckling.
The Groove Club
Get ready to move and groove with Nashville’s beloved children’s entertainers, The Groove Club! This group of young, dynamic performers tour nationwide with a goal of bringing smiles to young children, encouraging audience participation and getting kids dancing!
Harry Potter Magic Show with Tony Daniels
Back by popular demand, Tony Daniels will take you on an exciting adventure to the world of wizards and the magic of reading.
The Wizard of Oz
Join Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion as the Hampstead Stage Company performs a lively theatrical adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Join the wooden marionette Pinocchio on his journey to become a real boy in this timeless tale of an Italian woodcarver named Geppetto, performed by the Hampstead Stage Company.
End of Summer Reading Celebration
Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program as we salute all the super readers who reached for the stars!
Teen Improv Night
Take the stage for fun improv and acting games!
Join us as we discuss personal safety and basic self-defense.
The Dark Knight Rises T-shirts
Bring your own t-shirt. Space is limited so sign up at the Services desk or call 507-6041.
Crime Scene Detection: Fingerprints
Learn the value of fingerprints in solving crimes.
Teen Vampire Sock Puppet and Pizza Party
Did you finish the Teen Summer Reading Program? Celebrate your accomplishments! Registration is required.
Murder Mystery: Book Fair of Death!
Question suspects, find evidence and solve the murder of bestselling author Emily Thornton. Pre-registration required, call 507-3823.