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Summer Reading for All Ages at the University Park Public Library

Kids Program

“Giddy UP with Reading”, University Park Public Library’s 2019 summer program, will kick off at the library on Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 10 am to 12 pm and ends July 31. Participants may sign up at the Friends of University Park Public Library’s Splash Bash on Friday, May 24, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. For the first time, the library will offer the Tween and Teen Summer Reading Club in partnership with the Highland Park Public Library.  Grown UP Summer Reading, a program for adults, will be open for its second year.  To enroll in any of the programs, head to (and click on the Library heading) or visit us at the library.


Performers will visit the library every Wednesday this summer at 2pm:

  • June 5: Gregg the Balloon Guy – Magic Show
  • June 12: Black Prairie Raptor Center – Raptors of North Texas
  • June 19: Critterman – Extra Furry
  • June 26: Perot Museum – TECH Truck
  • July 10: James Wand – Secret Agent Magic Show
  • July 17: Legendary Black Belt Academy – Physical Demonstration
  • July 24: Professor Brainius – Wild and Wacky Science
  • July 31: Frontiers of Flight Museum – Living History Presentation  


Prizes will be awarded at 10, 20, 30, and 40 hour levels and include:

  • 10 hours: A participation certificate and rainbow bracelet
  • 20 hours: SusieCakes coupon and bouncy ball
  • 30 hours: Color-changing cup for each child
  • 40 hours: Chipotle coupon and book donated to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
  • 50 hours: Entry into grand prize drawing


New Program for Tweens and Teens


The Tween and Teen Summer Reading Club for entering seventh through twelfth grades and sponsored by Christine McKenny and Allie Beth Allman, begins on June 1 and ends on July 31. This year’s theme is “Close Encounters”. Each week, participants who log reading hours will be entered into a drawing to win one of three gift cards from a local business. At the end of the program, participants who read 50 or more hours will be entered into the tweens and teens grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire HD 8.


Tweens and teens can participate in one program each month this summer:


Tech Petting Zoo  – create and explore with a variety of tech including stop animation software and robots

June 13, 2:30 – 4:30 pm at University Park Public Library


Cupcake Wars – challenge your creativity using surprise ingredients and toppings in our own version of the popular TV show

July 11, 2:30 – 4:30 pm at Highland Park Public Library


Summer Reading for Adults


Grown UP Summer Reading provides fun for adult readers.  At sign up, participants will receive a yard sign when they enroll. To participate, once you’ve finished a book or completed a challenge, enter it into the database.  Those who do will be entered into weekly drawings for prizes.  Readers may also post what books they’re read so that others can get inspiration for their next read.  The program runs from June 1 to July 31 and is sponsored by Minnette Murray Group with Compass Real Estate.

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Friday, May 24, 2019