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Summer is approaching and it’s time to make some plans. How do you keep your kids practicing reading and allow them to enjoy their summer break at the same time? Summer reading programs are available all over, so where to start can be quite overwhelming. Here is a guide to some of the best summer reading events available in the DFW area.

Tawakoni Area Public Library
340 W. Highway 276
Quinlan, TX 75474
(903) 447-3445

In West Tawakoni, about an hour from Dallas, is a reading program that should not be missed. The Tawakoni Area Public Library has an amazing selection of books for your little reader. Your kids will get a reading journal where they will keep track of everything they read. Every time they hit a milestone of five books, they can bring their journal to the library to collect their prize for their hard work. But that’s not all. There are Science Saturdays to look forward to. Science Saturdays feature a fun scientific experiment in which all can participate. This is where your little Einstein gets to show off his or her creativity. Come along. You might learn something new.

Mayor’s Summer Reading Club
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 670-1400

Date: Starts June 15

Ready set Dallas! The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club begins June 15 and goes until August 10. Each year, the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club reaches out to the children in the DFW area. Your rapid readers will log hours either by hand or online to win weekly prizes for ages up to 18 years of age. If your writing wizard decides to get a little more creative, he or she can write book reviews or draw pictures to be entered into a grand prize drawing at the end of the program. Parents don’t feel left out. Adults will be able to participate as well. Make it a family affair and log your hours alongside your child. Lead by example and blaze the road to reading.

Summer Youth Program at SMU-In-Plano
Southern Methodist University
6425 Boaz Lane
Dallas, TX 75205
(972) 473-3412

Date: Starts June 10

Looking for something educational and fun for your children this summer? Take your kids to the SMU Summer Youth Program in Plano. Starting June 10, your child will have the opportunity to enjoy educational fun. SMU is offering over 60 one-week enrichment workshops for students from grades K-12. From Lego learning, science and design and digital media and gaming to academic enhancement skills, test prep and college planning, this is the place to be. Online registration is available.

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TCU 2013 Summer Reading Programs
Texas Christian University
3015 Merida Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76109
(817) 257-7132

Do you or your child want to become a better reader? Texas Christian University is preparing to let loose its 2013 summer reading skills programs, which feature instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. These multi-week courses provide participants from age 4 to adult with strategies to improve their reading skills. The youngest kids learn the basics, while adults learn to become more efficient, effective readers. Reading made fun for all ages so grab a book and book on down to TCU today.

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Hastings Entertainment Summer Reading Club
5101 Wesley St.
Greenville, TX 75401
(903) 454-3629

Check out Hastings Entertainment in Greenville this summer. Your youngsters will get reading journals to log the books that they read. There are coupons offered on the back of their journals for the latest and greatest releases for their age groups. There are sales throughout the store for children and teens all summer long. From ages 3 to 18, these books will make their imaginations soar. Kids have the opportunity to write their own book review and in return they will get their very own sticker for their journal. At the end of the program, there will be a drawing for a Hastings gift card. Keep your child’s brain moving and head on out to Hastings (just an hour from Dallas) for some no-nonsense family fun.

Summer Reading Events In DFW (Credit, Judy Serrano)


Summer Reading Events In DFW (Credit, Judy Serrano)

Summer Reading Events In DFW (Credit, Judy Serrano)

Judy Serrano writes romantic thrillers at www.JudySerraon.com. She graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with a BA in English. She is also a freelance writer for Examiner.com. She lives in Texas with her husband, four boys and five dogs.