John P. McGovern Summer Reading Program

HPL Summer Reading Program GAME ON

John P. McGovern Summer Reading Program

June 1, 2019 - August 1, 2019
Explore the Unknown with SRP! Receive a free book and lanyard just for registering. Then earn more free books and pins to decorate your lanyard by reaching reading goals and exploring the world around you!

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2019 SRP Events

Jelly Belly Schmelly Show: Balloon Pop Art Workshop
Learn the basics in balloon art creation! Participants will make a balloon sword, a balloon dog, balloon flower and balloon hat. Ages 8+.
Pleasantville Neighborhood Library | Thursday, July 18 | 1PM

Jelly Belly Schmelly Show: Balloon Show
Join Jelly Belly Schmelly and HPL for balloon wonder and awe! This high energy show has audience participation, music and lots of balloons.  Ages 5-12.
Moody Neighborhood Library |Wednesday,  July 17 | 10:30AM
Young Neighborhood Library |Tuesday, July 23 | 1PM
Smith Neighborhood Library | Wednesday, July 24 | 10:30AM

Jelly Belly Schmelly Show: The World of Magical Bubbles
Let’s explore the magic world of bubbles! Shelly McBubbles will blow some mind "blowing bubbles" for the audience while they learn about the simple science and art of bubbles.  Ages Infant-12.
Mancuso Neighborhood Library | Wednesday, July 31 | 10:30AM
Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library |Wednesday,  July 31 | 1:30PM

HPL Digizine Project
Calling tweens and teens! Instructors from Writers in the Schools will teach participants how to create an original zine (independent magazine). Individual pages from teen-produced zines will be scanned and gathered together into the first ever HPL Digizine Project! Space is limited. Please contact your library for details. Ages 9-18. 

Collier Regional Library
Monday, August 5 | 3 PM

McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library
Tuesday, August 6 | 2 PM
Tuesday, August 13 | 2 PM

Vinson Neighborhood Library
Monday, August 5 | 3 PM
Tuesday, August 6 | 3 PM
Wednesday, August 7 | 3 PM
Thursday, August 8 | 3 PM

Spilled Ink Teen Writing Contest
July 1, 2019 - September 30, 2019

Channel your imagination into an original short story or poem for a chance to win amazing prizes! Subjects for your short story or poem are limited only by your imagination. Entries will be judged on originality, use of language and technical skill. You can submit to both categories – short story and poetry. All entries must adhere to contest rules and deadlines.

Indigo Entertainment: African Dance & Drumming
Explore languages, geography and cultures of Africa through participation in songs, drumming and dance led by professional dancer Mukomi Bandele. Ages 5-12.
McCrane-Kashmere Gardens Neighborhood Library | Tuesday, July 23 | 10:30AM
Lakewood Neighborhood Library | Wednesday, July 31| 10AM

Mermaid Storytime
Join Mermaid Nikki for an ocean themed storytime with songs and learn about the importance of our oceans and their animal inhabitants. Ages 3-10.
Hillendahl Neighborhood Library | Tuesday, July 16 | 10:30AM
Shepard-Acres Homes Neighborhood Library | Wednesday, July 24 | 10:30AM

Wild Things Zoofari: Animal Show
Learn about endangered animals, conservation, animal habitats, diets and funny stories about living with them. Participants will have the opportunity to pet one of the animals after the show! Ages 5+.
Hillendahl Neighborhood Library | Tuesday, July 23 | 10:30AM
Ring Neighborhood Library | Thursday, July 25 | 4PM

Wild Things Zoofari: Exotic Petting Zoo
This hands-on program allows participants to interact with exotic animals including a kangaroo or wallaby, pygmy goats, sheep, piglets, Patagonian cavies, and possibly even an antelope!
Oak Forest Neighborhood Library | Wednesday, July 17 | 10:30AM
Smith Neighborhood Library | Wednesday, July 17 | 10:30AM
HPL Express Southwest | Thursday, July 18 | 1PM
McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library | Thursday, July 25 | 1PM

Wild Things Zoofari: Farm Petting Zoo
This hands-on program allows participants to interact with farm animals including sheep, goats, piglets, chickens, and a baby cow!

Walter Neighborhood Library |Tuesday, July 23 | 1:30PM
Pleasantville Neighborhood Library | Wednesday, July 31 | 1PM

Harry Potter Birthday Week
July 29 - August 2

Wands ready! Calling wizards, squibs, and muggles of all ages to join us in celebrating 'The Boy Who Lived" special day!  Come dressed as your favorite character to get sorted into your Hogwarts House, meet fellow fans, enjoy games, trivia, and more. 

Stanaker Neighborhood Library
July 31 | 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Jungman Neighborhood Library
July 31 | 10:30AM - 11:30AM

Vinson Neighborhood Library
July 31  | 2 PM - 4:00PM

Collier Regional Library
July 31 | 2:30PM - 4:30PM

Morris Frank Library an HPL Express Location
July 31 | 3 PM - 4:30PM

Heights Neighborhood Library
July 31 | 12:30PM - 2:30PM

Park Place Regional Library
July 31 | 3 PM - 5:00PM

Harry's Belated Birthday Bash with Harry and the Potters!

Central Library | Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza
August 6 | 4 PM - 8 PM 

The original Wizarding Rock band Harry and the Potters are celebrating! Join us before the concert for activities including a bird show featuring owls, Quidditch, and more. Activities start at 4 PM. Concert starts at 6:30 PM.

Kids and teens will have the chance to win prizes (while supplies last):

Eligibility Babies &Toddlers
Children (4-12) Teens (13-18)
Registration Book
  • Book
  • Lanyard
  • 1 button of choice
  • Book 
  • Lanyard
  • 1 button of choice
10 days read
  • Book
  • Unicorn hand puppet
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science Discount Coupon
  • Book
  • 1 button of choice
  • Houston Astros
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science Discount Coupon
  • Free Whataburger Jr. for Kids 12 & under
  • Book
  • 1 button of choice
  • Houston Astros
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science Discount Coupon
20 days read Book
  • Book
  • 1 button of choice
  • Chipotle free kids meal
  • Houston Dynamo/Dash buy one, get one free coupon
  • Whataburger slap bracelet
  • Space Center Houston coupon
  • Book
  • 1 button of choice
  • Chipotle buy one, get one free coupon
  • Houston Dynamo/Dash buy one, get one free coupon
  • Whataburger slap bracelet
  • Space Center Houston coupon
30 days read Book
  • Book
  • 1 button of choice
  • Benihana free kids meal
  • Book
  • 1 button of choice
  • Benihana free appetizer
5 library programs attended N/A 1 button of choice 1 button of choice
5 Around Town activities N/A 1 button of choice 1 button of choice

Family Fun!
Parents and caregivers can read this summer, too. Families (1 adult + 1 youth) who complete SRP will win 1 ticket to enter into the family prize drawing of their choice. Adults will receive a Summer Reading for Grownups sticker and a Buy-One-Get-One coupon for a Whataburger Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit just for registering for the program!  In order to qualify, the child must complete the 30 day level and the adult must write 2 reviews (1 for an item read for the adult’s enjoyment and 1 for a youth item read with their child).

Family Prize Drawings (qualifying families can enter one drawing)

  • Children's Museum of Houston: Thinker Membership (1 year)
  • Gringo's Mexican Kitchen: $10 gift certificate
  • Health Museum of Houston: Free general admission for five (5) family members for 1 year. One (1) free admission to DeBakey Cell Lab, discounts, one (1) free swag item
  • Holocaust Museum of Houston: Director Membership - free admission to the Holocaust Museum for two (2) and discounts
  • Houston Zoo: General admission tickets for four (4)
  • inSpire Rock Climbing Gym @ Cypress location: Free day pass for three (3)
  • Sprinkles @ Highland Village: Gift certificate for 1 dozen freshly baked cupcakes
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science Planetarium: 2 passes to the Planetarium only. Advance reservations required; does not include special engagements.
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science: 2 free admissions to the Houston Museum of Natural Science's Permanent Exhibition Halls.

*Some activities require registration; check our online calendar for details. Audiobooks, comic books, magazines, and more - it all counts as reading! Prizes available while supplies last.
*For up-to-date program dates and times check our online calendar.