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There is “A Universe of Stories” at the Huntsville Public Library during this year’s Texas Summer Reading Program (SRP). The program was originally designed to help children keep up their reading skills during the summer by encouraging reading, and now includes teens and adults annually. The Library will hold a kickoff party on June 1, with residents registering online and in person.
This year, the Library is celebrating readers whether it is the child who plans to read 50 books over their break or the reluctant reader setting his or her own personal goal.
The rules vary based on the participant’s age group, which is open to all ages.
“It all starts Saturday, June 1, at the Kick-Off Party,” said City Librarian Linda Dodson. “Attendees can register for the Summer Reading Program, enjoy a presentation by the Yuck Game Show, and light refreshments.”
Kick-off day will also feature a literacy fundraiser by the Huntsville Kiwanis with a $5 BBQ sale taking place on the veranda from 1 to 3:30 p.m. There will also be a Yuck! Game show from 2 to 3 p.m. featuring a messy science of slime game show.
But don’t worry if you miss the party. Registration is still available online at myhuntsvillelibrary.com or you can head over to the library for help.
So how does SRP work? Dodson explained that for every three books read, the participant will receive one raffle ticket. Additionally, for each library program attended, the participant will receive one raffle ticket.
Additionally, the first time a patron turns in their three books, they will receive a guaranteed prize (while supplies last) based on their age group. For children and teens, the guaranteed prize is a prize pack containing coupons to local attractions and restaurants. Adults will receive chocolate. The more books read and programs attended increases the chance of a reader winning a raffle prize.
Participants can choose to enter their raffle tickets in various raffles.
“The thing to keep in mind with the raffle is that once a person wins a raffle prize, he or she is ineligible to win another raffle prize,” said Dodson.
The Huntsville Public Library has a number of exciting summer programs planned. For a full listing of all summer activities, visit MyHuntsvilleLibrary.com The last official day of Summer Reading is Friday, July 12, and the last day to turn in your reading logs and receive raffle tickets is Friday, July 19. Raffle prizes will be drawn at our Summer Reading Celebration Party at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23. Attendance at the Celebration Party to get a raffle prize is not required, Dodson said, but if prize winners do not pick up their prizes by Saturday, August 10, the prize is forfeited.
Patrons with fines on their Library account can also take part in Fine Forgiveness Month in June. To have fines removed, stop by the 1219 13th Street during regular hours with your ID or library card. Dodson pointed out that fees for lost or damaged materials or replacement cards will not be included during Fine Forgiveness Month.
“We are very pleased to be able to forgive library fines,” Dodson said. “We are hoping it will allow all citizens of Huntsville and Walker County to join us for the Texas Summer Reading Program this year.”
For more information, call 936-291-5472 or stop by the Huntsville Public Library.
Did you know the Huntsville Public Library has been “Transforming Lives, Enriching Families, Building Community” since 1967? HPL continues to provide a relevant print collection as well as offering access to electronic resources. The library has more than 40 public access computers for adults, teens, and children.