Summer Reading

Summer Reading Calendar

As part of our Start Smart initiative, we're partnering with local school districts, libraries, and our Community Partners to ensure students make learning leaps this summer. 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 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.

Through the Summer Reading Calendar, we're sharing free and low-cost activities to help your students engage in learning this summer. You can also find free at-home activities that you can do with your kids to keep them learning all summer long.

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Want to learn more about Start Smart Texas? Listen to our podcast episode with Roxanne Saldana Jones with United Ways of Texas and Kierstan Schwab with Texas PBS.


Summer Programs and Camps

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


Catholic Charities - Diocese of Lubbock

  • Plainview Kids Summer Camp at Broadway Park (100 S. Broadway)
    • July 14 from 12:00-7:30 PM for children 8-13 years old
  • Lubbock Kids Summer Camp at Rawlings Community Center (213 40th Street)
    • August 9, 10 & 11 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM for ages 6 to 12 years old
    • Free school supplies
    • Families must register online at Lubbock Parks & Recreation


Texas Tech University Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Shake Hands with Your Future (scholarships available)
    • June 5-9 for Grades 10-12
    • June 12-16 for Grades 7-9
  • Theater/Technical Camp (scholarships available)
    • July 6-16 for Grades 9-12
  • Film Camp
    • July 6-10 for Grades 9-12
  • Generation Tech Camp
    • July 10-14 for Grades 9-12
  • Speech Camp
    • July 10-16 for Grades 9-12
  • Math & Science Camp
    • July 12-16 for Grades 9-12
  • Chess Camp
    • Check website for dates, ages 7-16


Sign up for Lubbock Public Library's Summer Reading Program

  1. Download the ReadSquared app in the Apple Store or Google Play or visit
  2. Create your free account. There's a reading program for kids of all ages, teens, and adults.
  3. Log your reading. Audiobooks, eBooks, and graphic novels count too.
  4. Win prizes! There will be weekly prize winners in each age group.

Lubbock Library Summer Reading Program

At-Home Activities

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

summer reading tip 1

Make it fun by reading on porch, at the park, or make a DIY reading tent (Check out our Pinterest for ideas). Take turns reading with your child. For younger children, point out the relationship between words, pictures, and sounds.

summer reading tip 2

A book about a favorite movie, a comic book about a favorite character, a magazine about a favorite subject or interest - don't turn your nose up at what your child picks. Even though it might not interest you, it might be just the thing that inspires your child to a lifelong love of reading.

Tip 3

Encourage your child to read along. Reading along with audiobooks helps children connect sounds with words. Audiobooks also support learning for children with reading disabilities. Check out Libby from Lubbock Public Library and download audiobooks straight to your device.

Tip 4

Cook a meal or bake a yummy treat with your kids. Whether it is baking cookies or making a meal for the family, read the recipe aloud or even write down your own recipe. For younger children, point to ingredients and make connections with words and visuals.

Tip 5

Make reading part of your child's screen time. Seeing and hearing unfamiliar words can help improve children's understanding. As we naturally read texts that appear on the screen, using captions can help boost reading skills in a fun and engaging way.

Tip 6

Whether you're traveling across town or across the county, turn car trips into a learning game. Find all the letters of the alphabet on license plates, billboards, and road signs. The first one to "Z" wins! For younger children, play alphabet bingo. Write down letters. As they see letters on signs, children cross out letters until they have a line or a blackout.

Tip 7

Help your child learn that words are connected to everyday things. As he or she learns names for furniture and items in their room, add a label. Bonus, many items in a bedroom are sight words, like "bed!"

Tip 8

Grab an empty jar or box and have your child write down new words they learn and add them to their collection. Check out our 2020 United We Read title, The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds.

Tip 9

Words are everywhere. Read words on food labels in the grocery store. Read words when you come across them. "Enter," "Exit," "Restroom" -- find words wherever you go. Words that are familiar to you are not as familiar to your child. When you pause and take the time to point out and read the word, you open up the world to your child.


Tip 10

When you model reading to your child, he or she is more likely to show an interest in reading. Read in front of your child whenever you can. It may inspire them to read more too!