Summer Reading - Kids

Build a better world with summer reading 


Did you know your child can boost their reading skills this summer by spending 20 minutes reading every day? Not only will their reading skill stay strong, but you may see an improvement in their grades next year! Irving Public Library is here to help! Our Summer Reading Challenge starts June 1 and ends August 31.

Step 1: Get a reading log 
Pick up a paper reading log at any Irving Public Library OR sign up with the library's online log BeanStack.

Step 2: Read & record
Children up to 12 years of age can read to themselves, or be read to, for at least 20 minutes a day during the Challenge. Use your log to keep track of your reading.

Step 3: Pick up prizes
After every five days of reading, bring your reading log (or ask us to look up your online log) to any Irving Library location between June 5 and Aug. 31 to claim a prize!

Kid's Reading Challenge FAQ



Q: What are this year's prizes?
A: Awards this year include a slap bracelet, a free book, an inflatable hammer, coupons to McDonalds, Whataburger and Chipotle, a reading medal and public recognition on the Wall of Fame.  Also every 10 days of reading your child can fill out an entry into our "guess how many candy building blocks" contest for a chance to win a jar of candies!

Q: What can my child read for the challenge?
A: Nearly anything - books you own, books from the library, or books borrowed from a friend. Picture books, non-fiction books, novels, short stories, comics and magazines count! Have your child read to themselves, you can read aloud to them, or they can listen to an audiobook! All reading counts!

Q: Can you recommend any books to read? 
A: Each library has suggested reading lists of age- and grade-appropriate books that children love. And if you still need help, ask our children's staff for suggestions as they're experts on what kids love to read. 

Q: Do I need an Irving Public Library card to participate?
A: No library card is required to be a part of the reading challenge.
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Summer Programs for Kids

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Along with the reading challenge, Irving libraries offers free summer activities throughout June and July, including live animals, magic shows, puppet shows, science experiments, LEGO challenges, and music. 

Many of our best summer time activities happen at 2:30 p.m. on the following days at these locations:
  • Mondays - East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road
  • Tuesdays - West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road
  • Wednesdays - Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail
  • Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays - South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive
Check out the special programs below, or the Kids Calendar of Events for details on all upcoming programs.

East Branch Library - June Events

Valley Ranch Library - June Events

West Irving Library - June Events

Summer Snack Program


Starting June 6, the East Branch Library and South Irving Library will provide a healthy snack to anyone 18 years and younger. This program is offered through Irving ISD and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

East Branch Library
2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday

South Irving Library
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Monday through Thursday
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