Summer Reading

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During the summer months, students risk losing 2-3 months of math and reading skills if they aren't engaged in learning. The good news is that when high-quality summer learning programs are made available and when children have access to books, we can not only curb summer learning loss, we can even help boost student achievement. When children continue to learn during the summer, they are healthier, safer, and smarter, and their schools and communities are more successful.

As part of our Start Smart initiative, we're partnering with Lubbock ISD, Frenship ISD, and Lubbock-Cooper ISD to bring you the Summer Reading Calendar. We've worked with local school districts, public libraries, and our Community Partners to share free and low-cost activities to help your students enage in learning this summer. 

Check back for new activities and updates.

Summer Programs

Looking for affordable, high-quality summer programs for your students? Check out these programs from our United Way Community Partners.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lubbock

  • John Wilson Club - 3221 59th Street, 806.792.2889
  • JT and Margaret Talkington Club - 2603 Kewanee, 806.500.2377
  • Optimist Club - 3301 Cornell, 806.762.4990
  • Ted Phea Club - 1801 E. 24th Street, 806.763.0204

Guadalupe-Parkway Neighborhood Centers

  • Guadalupe Center - 123 N. Avenue N, 806.765.9713
  • Parkway Center - 405 N. MLK Blvd., 806.763.3963

YWCA of Lubbock

June Events

Events are subject to change. Please check with the listed event sponsor to confirm the time and date of the event.

*Registration required for these events.

May 30 - June 5

Magic with Harlin Rhoades at Mahon Library*

June 1, 10:30 AM - Entertaining magic show. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Magic with Harlin Rhoades at Patterson Library*

June 1, 2:00 PM - Entertaining magic show. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Animal ID at Mahon Library

June 2, 10:30 AM - Learn about local wildlife from Lubbock County Game Wardens with their animal trailer. Outdoor event. Bring a chair or blanket. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Magic with Harlin Rhoades at Groves Library*

June 3, 10:30 AM - Entertaining magic show. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Magic with Harlin Rhoades at Godeke Library*

June 3, 2:00 PM - Entertaining magic show. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Microbiology with Science Spectrum at Mahon Library*

June 3, 2:00 PM - Hands on demonstration presented by Science Spectrum. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Tails and Tales, Lubbock Public Library Virtual Storytime

June 4, 2:00 PM - Let storyteller Bernadette Nason take you on an adventure with these tales of animals with tails. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

 

June 6 - 12

Camels, From Nose to Toes, Lubbock Public Library Virtual Storytime

June 7, 2:00 PM - Join us every Monday afternoon to learn about animals brought to us by Teachers of Nature. Visit their website or for more details.

The Birds and the Bees Part 1: Bird Feeder at Godeke Library*

June 7, 7:00 PM - Make a bird feeder. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details. (Ages 13+)

Animal ID at Godeke Library

June 9, 10:30 AM - Learn about local wildlife from Lubbock County Game Wardens with their animal trailer. Outdoor event. Bring a chair or blanket. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Tails, Tales & Tunes with Will Parker at Mahon Library

June 10, 10:30 AM - Sing and dance along with musician Will Parker. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details. (Ages 3-10)

Tails, Tales & Tunes with Will Parker at Godeke Library

June 10, 2:00 PM - Sing and dance along with musician Will Parker. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details. (Ages 3-10)

Parenting Cottage Storytime at Patterson Library

June 10, 11:30 AM - Families attending receive a copy of the book of the month while supplies last.

Parenting Cottage Virtual Activity and Storytime

June 11, 10:00 AM - Families can pick up an activity bag containing a copy of the featured book at the Parenting Cottage prior to the event while supplies last.

The Birds and the Bees Part 1: Bird Feeder, Lubbock Public Library Virtual Storytime

June 11, 2:00 PM - Watch a tutorial on Facebook to find out how to make a cute bird feeder.

Ready to Read at Patterson Library

June 12, 2:00 PM - Stories, crafts, and a free book.

 

June 13 - 19

Parenting Cottage Storytime at Mahon Library

June 14, 10:30 AM - Families attending receive a copy of the book of the month while supplies last.

Babies, A Seasonal program presented by Nature's Nursery, Lubbock Public Library Virtual Storytime

June 14, 2:00 PM - Join us every Monday afternoon to learn about animals brought to us by Teachers of Nature. Visit their website for more details.

Family Time: Father's Day Cactus at Godeke Library*

June 14, 7:00 PM - Bring your family and make a rock-painted cactus craft to make for dad. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Animal Trivia, Lubbock Public Library Virtual Storytime

June 15, 2:00 PM - Test your knowledge of animals. Join on Facebook.

Parenting Cottage Storytime at Godeke Library

June 15, 12:30 PM - Families attending receive a copy of the book of the month while supplies last.

Reptiles, Wilderness, & Snakes, Oh My! at Mahon Library*

June 16, 10:30 AM - Science Spectrum presents reptiles. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Reptiles, Wilderness, & Snakes, Oh My! at Patterson Library*

June 16, 2:00 PM - Science Spectrum presents reptiles. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Reptiles, Wilderness, & Snakes, Oh My! at Groves Library*

June 17, 10:30 AM - Science Spectrum presents reptiles. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Reptiles, Wilderness, & Snakes, Oh My! at Mahon Library*

June 17, 2:00 PM - Science Spectrum presents reptiles. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Parenting Cottage Storytime at Groves Library

June 18, 10:30 AM - Families attending receive a copy of the book of the month while supplies last.

Family Time:  Father's Day Cactus, Lubbock Public Library Virtual Storytime

June 18, 2:00 PM - Watch a tutorial on Facebook to find out how to make a fun gift for dad.

 

June 20 - 26

Rocky Mountain Puppets at Mahon Library*

June 21, 10:30 AM - Meet Ventriloquist, Meghan Casey, and her puppets. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Animal Superheroes, Lubbock Public Library Virtual Storytime

June 21, 2:00 PM - Join us every Monday afternoon to learn about animals brought to us by Teachers of Nature. Visit their website for more details.

Rocky Mountain Puppets at Godeke Library*

June 21, 2:00 PM - Meet Ventriloquist, Meghan Casey, and her puppets. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Animal ID at Patterson Library

June 23, 10:30 AM - Learn about local wildlife from Lubbock County Game Wardens with their animal trailer. Outdoor event. Bring a chair or blanket. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Murder Mystery at Groves Library*

June 24, 7:00 PM - Can you solve the murder before it is too late? Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Bookworm Buddies Virtual Storytime

June 23, 10:00 AM - Families can pick up an activity bag containing a copy of the featured book at the Parenting Cottage until the Friday before the event while supplies last.

 

June 27 - July 3

The Magical Balloon Show at Mahon Library*

June 28, 10:30 AM - Join Robb Holladay as he presents a wild and wacky mix of comedy, mind-blowing magic, and the most amazing balloon twisting you have ever seen. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

The Magical Balloon Show at Godeke Library*

June 28, 2:00 PM - Join Robb Holladay as he presents a wild and wacky mix of comedy, mind-blowing magic, and the most amazing balloon twisting you have ever seen. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Radical Reptiles, Lubbock Public Library Virtual Storytime

June 28, 2:00 PM - Join us every Monday afternoon to learn about animals brought to us by Teachers of Nature. Visit their website for more details.

South Plains Wildlife at Godeke Library*

June 29, 2:00 PM - Enjoy different animals found in this area. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Animal ID at Groves Library

June 30, 10:30 AM - Learn about local wildlife from Lubbock County Game Wardens with their animal trailer. Outdoor event. Bring a chair or blanket. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

South Plains Wildlife at Patterson Library*

June 30, 2:00 PM - Enjoy different animals found in this area. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

South Plains Wildlife at Groves Library*

July 1, 2:00 PM - Enjoy different animals found in this area. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

July Events

Events are subject to change. Please check with the listed event sponsor to confirm the time and date of the event.

*Registration required for these events.

June 27 - July 3

The Magical Balloon Show at Mahon Library*

June 28, 10:30 AM - Join Robb Holladay as he presents a wild and wacky mix of comedy, mind-blowing magic, and the most amazing balloon twisting you have ever seen. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

The Magical Balloon Show at Godeke Library*

June 28, 2:00 PM - Join Robb Holladay as he presents a wild and wacky mix of comedy, mind-blowing magic, and the most amazing balloon twisting you have ever seen. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Radical Reptiles, Lubbock Public Library Virtual Storytime

June 28, 2:00 PM - Join us every Monday afternoon to learn about animals brought to us by Teachers of Nature. Visit their website for more details.

South Plains Wildlife at Godeke Library*

June 29, 2:00 PM - Enjoy different animals found in this area. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Animal ID at Groves Library

June 30, 10:30 AM - Learn about local wildlife from Lubbock County Game Wardens with their animal trailer. Outdoor event. Bring a chair or blanket. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

South Plains Wildlife at Patterson Library*

June 30, 2:00 PM - Enjoy different animals found in this area. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

South Plains Wildlife at Groves Library*

July 1, 2:00 PM - Enjoy different animals found in this area. Registration required. Visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

July 4 - 10

Parenting Cottage Storytime at Patterson Library

July 8, 11:30 AM - Families attending receive a copy of the book of the month while supplies last.

Parenting Cottage Virtual Activity and Storytime

July 9, 10:00 AM - Families can pick up an activity bag containing a copy of the featured book at the Parenting Cottage prior to the event while supplies last.

July 11 - 17

Parenting Cottage Storytime at Mahon Library

July 12, 10:30 AM - Families attending receive a copy of the book of the month while supplies last.

July 18 - 24

Parenting Cottage Storytime at Groves Library

July 16, 10:30 AM - Families attending receive a copy of the book of the month while supplies last.

Parenting Cottage Storytime at Godeke Library

July 20, 12:30 PM - Families attending receive a copy of the book of the month while supplies last.

July 25 - 31

Bookworm Buddies Virtual Storytime

July 28, 10:00 AM - Families can pick up an activity bag containing a copy of the featured book at the Parenting Cottage until the Friday before the event while supplies last.

August Events

*Events are subject to change. Please check with the listed event sponsor to confirm the time and date of the event.

August 1 -7

August 8-14

Parenting Cottage Storytime at Mahon Library

August 9, 10:30 AM - Families attending receive a copy of the book of the month while supplies last.

Parenting Cottage Storytime at Patterson Library

August 12, 11:30 AM - Families attending receive a copy of the book of the month while supplies last.

August 15 -21

Parenting Cottage Virtual Activity and Storytime

August 13, 10:00 AM - Families can pick up an activity bag containing a copy of the featured book at the Parenting Cottage prior to the event while supplies last.

Parenting Cottage Storytime at Godeke Library

August 17, 12:30 PM - Families attending receive a copy of the book of the month while supplies last.

Parenting Cottage Storytime at Groves Library

August 20, 10:30 AM - Families attending receive a copy of the book of the month while supplies last.

August 22 - 28

Bookworm Buddies Virtual Storytime

August 25, 10:00 AM - Families can pick up an activity bag containing a copy of the featured book at the Parenting Cottage until the Friday before the event while supplies last.

Coloring Book CoverAt-Home Activities

It's easy to incorporate reading into your everyday activities. Here are a few simple ideas:

  1. Cook a meal or bake a yummy treat with your kids. Read the recipe together.
  2. Turn car trips into a game. Find all the letters of the alphabet on license plates, billboards, and road signs. The first one to "z" wins!
  3. Label things in your child's room as they learn to name them. This helps your child learn that words are connected to everyday things.
  4. Read signs and labels in the grocery store or while putting the groceries away.
  5. Take a little time to read aloud with your child daily.

Download our free learn-to-read coloring book. 

Find more low-cost and free activities on our Pinterest.