Summer Reading Program

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Summer Reading program - June 11 through July 30

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!

Aunque sea un niño, adolescente, o adulto, puede participar en un programa de lectura para su grupo de edad. ¿Por qué debería participar? Aparte del placer que obtiene al leer un buen libro, ¡puede ganar premios también!

Oceans of Possibilities
Registration will begin on June 11. Participants can choose to use Beanstack (via the website or the Beanstack app) or visit any Garland Library location for a paper Oceans of Possibilities log and activity card.

Océanos de Posibilidades
El registro empieza el 11 de Junio. Participantes pueden usar Beanstack (a través del sitio web o la aplicación) o visitar cualquier Biblioteca de Garland para obtener un registro y tarjeta de actividades en papel.

Age Groups | Grupos de Edad

  • Adults  |  Adultos
  • Grades 7-12  |  Grados 7-12
  • Grades K-6  |  Grados K-6
  • Birth - pre-K | Infantes - pre-K

Activity Cards & Instructions | Programa Lectura de Verano & Instrucciones

  • All participants will receive an activity card that is designed for their age group. | Todos los participantes recibirán una tarjeta de actividades diseñada para su grupo de edad.
  • To complete each level on the activity card, participants will complete the reading and activities as described on the card. | Para completar cada nivel en la tarjeta de actividades, participantes completarán la lectura y las actividades como se describe la tarjeta.
  • For every level completed on an activity card, you will receive a prize (for a total of 3 prizes). |  Para cada nivel completado, recibirá un premio para un total de tres premios.
  • When you complete an activity card, you will receive one entry into the grand prize drawing. | Cuando complete esta tarjeta de actividades, recibirá una entrada en el sorteo del gran premio.
  • For every level completed on a Bonus Activity Card, you will receive a Treasure Chest Prize. | Para cada nivel completado en la Tarjeta de Extra Actividades, recibirá un premio del Baúl de Tesoro. 
  • After completing all 3 levels of a Bonus Activity Card, you will receive a second entry into the grand prize drawing. | Después de completar los tres niveles en la Tarjeta de Extra Actividades, recibirá la segunda entrada en el sorteo del gran premio.
  • All prizes are while supplies last. | Todos los premios están disponibles mientras las provisiones duran.

Downloadable Activity Cards

Prizes | Premios

  • Prizes and grand prizes are TBD. | Los premios y los gran premios están por determinar.
  • Grand prize drawings will take place the first week of August. | Los sorteos del gran premio tendrán lugar la primera semana de Agosto.
  • Grand prize winners will be contacted by August 6. | Los ganadores del gran premio serán contactados antes del 6 de Agosto. 

Beanstack

If you would like to track your activities online, visit the Library’s Beanstack page (https://nmls.beanstack.org).
If you already have a Beanstack account with the Garland Library you do not need to create a new account.

Si te gustaría rastrear tus actividades en línea, visita la página de Beanstack de la biblioteca (nmls.beanstack.org) o la página de la biblioteca (Library.GarlandTX.gov).
Si ya tienes una cuenta de Beanstack con la Biblioteca de Garland, no necesitas crear una nueva.

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

  • Choose the registration option that’s right for you (Family, Individual or Group) and create an account.
  • Select the reading challenge for your age group.
  • Beginning June 11, enter your activities to cross off squares and earn prizes!

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. 

Beanstack Video Tutorial

summer reading kick off events

Families can celebrate the beginning of the Nicholson Memorial Library System’s Summer Reading Program by dropping in to the Summer Reading Kickoff events on Saturday, June 11.

SRP Kick Off: Survival Island
Attendees can find out whether or not they have what it takes to survive on a deserted island by participating in activities like coconut bowling, a pirate scavenger hunt, a beanbag toss, and more.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
South Garland Branch Library
4845 Broadway Blvd.
972-205-3933

SRP Kick Off: Moana and Maui Visit the Library
Families can watch the Moana and Maui dancers from Grace Hula Company perform hula dancing, then take photos with the dancers. Children may also decorate their own Tamatoa crab shell from the Moana movie.
2 p.m.
Central Library 
625 Austin St.
972-205-2517

SRP Kick Off: Narwhal and Jelly Whaley Super Party
Kick off summer with a Narwhal and Jelly Whaley Super Party! Attendees can make jellyfish suncatchers, narwhal horns, Narwhal and Jelly buttons, and narwhal origami and visit the create-your-own comic and bubble stations. Waffle cookies will be provided and families can register to win a Narwhal and Jelly book and puppet set.
2:30 to 4 p.m.
North Garland Branch Library 
3845 N. Garland Ave.
972-205-2804

SRP Kick Off: Carnival
Sign up for the SRP and bounce around in the bounce house! There will be game stations set up, and face painters and balloon artists will be on hand to make it a carnival!
3 - 5 p.m.
Walnut Creek Branch Library
3319 Edgewood Dr.
972-205-2585

SPECIAL PERFORMERS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES in june


Central Library
2:30 p.m. on Mondays 
June 13    The Creature Teacher Animal Show
June 20    Puppeteer Sandy Shrout
June 27    Magician James Wand 

South Garland Branch Library
2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays 
June 15    Window to the Wild: Birds of Prey
June 22    Puppeteer Sandy Shrout 
June 29    All About Animals

Walnut Creek Branch Library
2:30 p.m. on Thursdays  
June 16    The Creature Teacher Animal Show
June 23    Puppeteer Sandy Shrout
June 30    Magician James Wand

North Garland Branch Library
2:30 p.m. on Saturdays 
June 18    The Creature Teacher Animal Show
June 25    Puppeteer Sandy Shrout
July 2    Juggler David Slick

SPECIAL PERFORMERS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN JUly


Central Library
2:30 p.m. on Mondays 
July 11     Bret Roberts' Bubble Show
July 18     The Razminis Clown Duo
July 25     Grace Hula Dancers 

South Garland Branch Library
2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays 
July  13    Creature Teacher Animal Show
July  20    The Razminis Clown Duo
July  27    Grace Hula Dancers

Walnut Creek Branch Library
2:30 p.m. on Thursdays  
July  14    Brett Roberts Bubble Show
July  21    The Razminis Clown Duo
July  27    Grace Hula Dancers

North Garland Branch Library
2:30 p.m. on Saturdays 
July  2     Juggler David Slick
July  16   The Razminis Clown Duo
July  23   Magician James Wand
July  30   Grace Hula Dancers


Double-T_4CThe 2022 Summer Reading Program is sponsored by Texas Tech University. This summer, TTU DFW has partnered with Garland Libraries to host TTU @ the library.

Beginning June 1, the TTU DFW team will be available at the North and South Garland Libraries Tuesday and Thursday from noon – 4 :00 pm and Wednesday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. 

Texas Tech University will provide one-on-one assistance to help prospective students and community members learn all about the college process including, admission, transfer credit process, career exploration and planning and scholarship availability. No appointment required.