Summer Reading Program
Summer Fun for Everyone - June 1 through July 31
Whether you are a kid, teen, or adult, you can participate in a reading program for your age group. Why should you participate? In addition to the pleasure you receive from reading a good book, you may also earn prizes! This summer all our programs will be virtual. Several craft programs will include packets you can choose to pick up curbside if you don’t already have the supplies at home.
Performers, crafts and storytimes oh my! June 1 through July 25
Enjoy watching special performer videos and craft videos led by your favorite librarians June 1 through July 25.
Prizes? Did someone say prizes? Read for 20 hours between June 28 and July 31 to earn badges and entries for the grand prizes!
Babies, Children and Teens: For every 5 hours you read you get a badge in Beanstack, and an entry into the grand prize drawing. You will also get a prize pack when you complete 20 hours of reading and turn in the final log. If you are using Beanstack there is no need to print anything. And you earn badges along the way!
Adults: For every 5 hours you read you get a badge in Beanstack, and an entry into the grand prize drawing.
Everyone can continue logging their reading hours, up to 40 hours or until July 31, to gain more entries into the grand prize drawings.
Grand prize: Chromebooks! Drawings for a Chromebook for children, for teens and for adults will be held in late August. Babies will get an age appropriate grand prize. Max number of entries is 8 per person.
Reading logs and Beanstack: Beginning June 28, you can choose to record your time using a paper reading log or by using our online reading challenge site made by Beanstack.
Welcome to our reading challenge site. Here you can create an account for yourself and for your children. Once created, you can start logging your summer reading to earn badges and entries in the grand prize drawings.
- Choose the registration option that’s right for you (Family, Individual or Group) and create an account.
- Select a reading challenge: "2020 Youth Summer Reading Challenge" or "2020 Adult Summer Reading Challenge"
- Beginning June 28, enter your time spent reading and start earning badges and rewards! Each badge means that you have read for 5 hours! For every 5 hours you read, you earn one entry into the grand prize drawing.
- Search for "Beanstack" in your app store or marketplace and download the app
- Say yes to "Does your school or library use beanstack?"
- Enter "Garland" when prompted for your location
- Choose "Nicholson Memorial Library System" from the list
- Create an account or enter your email and password
What does "Share Code" mean?
Share codes give you the ability to link your account to a profile that someone else set up.
You can still track your summer reading using a paper log. Print out the appropriate reading log and bring it to your library the week of July 31 or when you complete 20 hours of reading. Kids and teens will get a prize pack after 20 hours of reading but there will not be weekly prizes.
For more information about the children’s and teen reading programs, please call 972-205-2516. For information about the adult reading program, please call 972-205-2502.
Children’s Summer reading Programs
T-Rex Tea Party
This program blends two childhood favorites, tea parties and dinosaurs. Watch T-Rex and Miss Malia read Dear Tyrannosaurus Rex by Lisa McClatchy and Tea Rex by Molly Idle then practice tea party etiquette with T-Rex.
Supplies you may want to have:
Sparkly dinosaur hat craft kits will be offered to the first 40 participants to request them. Call the North Garland Branch at 972-205-2804 to register. Curbside pickup is available.
All About Animals: Myths of Mother Nature
Learn more about what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to animals as the All About Animals staff introduces you to more creatures in this bonus video.
Sandy Shrout Puppet Show
Can the queen find a girlfriend for the prince? Find out as puppeteer Sandy Shrout performs The Princess and the Pea!
Creative Kids - Could You Be a Knight
Children will get to create their own shields and learn to joust with a pool noodle. Children can register and then pick-up the knight shield at the Central Library (in-person or curbside pickup). Children can use a pool noodle they already have or some other flexible implement their parents allow them to joust with. Children will learn about historical knights and we will give parents some ideas of other knight themed activities to do at home.
Precut Knight Shield
The knight shield for Creative Kids will be offered to the first 24 participants to request them. Call the Central Library at 972-205-2516 to register. Curbside pickup is available.
Creature Teacher - Furry tails
Learn about a wide assortment of animals from our next #SummerReading performer, the Creature Teacher!
Creative Kids (Ages 6-12) Kaleidoscope Fun
Come have some kaleidoscope fun! Learn how kaleidoscopes work, while creating their own unique design using recycled materials, straws, and mirrored paper.
Recycled toilet paper tubes
Drawing tool (pencil, pen, marker, etc.)
Coloring tools (markers, crayons, etc.)
Art Explorers: Magical Agamograph
Art Explorers will create an Agamograph. Agamographs are 3-D art made with two to three images. The participants will create two separate images of fantastical landscapes to make their own Magical Agamograph.
4- 8.5 x 11 sheets of cardstock
Special Performer - Critterman: RAIN FOREST Jewels
Take a walk on the wild side with our next #SummerReading performer! Critterman introduces a variety of animals from the rain forest, including a tarantula, a macaw, and an iguana.
Creative Kids (Ages 6-12) - Creative Creatures
The Children will participate in STEAM activities that involve fairy tale creatures and creatures of their own design.
Flying dragon: Using paper tubes, and their own decoration, the children will create a dragon which will then be placed on two strings. The strings will be used as a lever to help the dragon “fly” up the string.
Pool noodle monsters: children can use their creative side to make a monster of their choosing.
Toilet paper rolls
Creative Kids (Ages 6-12) - Kawaii Fantasy Creature Comics
Participants will create their own comic strips, and draw fantasy kawaii creatures to go with their comics, using numbers and letters. Comic strip panels will be printed prior to the program.
Special Performer - James Wand
Assist magician James Wand on a mission of magic & mystery! Help him solve clues, crack codes, and perform magic on this top secret adventure. Open his (PDF) then watch the show at https://www.facebook.com/GarlandLibraryTX/
Creative Kids (Ages 6-12) - STEAM Like a Royal
The Little Mermaid wants to look beautiful for her prince. Decorate her tin foil tail with sharpies to make her ready for anything!
Rapunzel has been trapped in her tower all her life! Help her explore the outside world by building her an escape route from her tower!
Snow White is hiding from the Evil Queen at the home of the Seven Dwarves. Create a dwarf beard for Snow White to wear as a disguise!
Special Performer - The Ramazinis
The Ramazini’s present “Bon Voyage!”, a virtual show about imagination through reading! The circus duo will perform juggling, unicycling, acrobatics, and more.
Creative Kids (Ages 6-12) - Dragon Paper Plate Gliders
Participants will create dragon gliders using paper plates to make the wings and the body. They will then paint their dragons with a combination of watercolor paints and sharpies.
Yoga for Children (Ages 6-12)
Enjoy a 10 minute yoga class for children and families.
2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 18
attend again: 2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 16
Creative Kids (Ages 6-12) - Fizz! Boom! STEAM: Science of Magic
Use science to learn Magic tricks! Kids can learn some scientific magic tricks like the floating feather trick and the static can trick. Attendees may then race their cans without touching them, using balloons and the magic of static electricity.
Jumbo Craft Sticks (2)
Electrical tape or other tape that is nicely colored
Craft supplies for Creative Kids will be offered to the first 24 participants to request them. Call the South Garland Branch at 972-205-3934 and we can arrange curbside pickup.
Special Performer - All About Animals
Myths of mother nature: fact and fiction about animals
Creative Kids (Ages 6-12) - Ancient Greek Vases
Kids ages 6 through 12 can learn some Greek history with a game of Roll and Draw to create an Ancient Greek vase of their own design! Participants will roll a dice to indicate what to draw, and where, on a shape of an ancient Greek vase. They will also learn some of the history behind the vases and mythology, and the symbols being drawn on them.
Paper, any kind will do
Drawing tools (e.g. pencil or markers)
Coloring tools (e.g. crayons or markers)
Dice or a dice alternative (e.g. pieces of paper numbered 1 - 6)
If you don’t have a printer at home, contact the Library about Mobile Printing that you can pickup curbside!
Be creative! Try making your vase with paint instead of pencils, markers, crayons!
Art Explorers (Ages 6-12) - Mythical Creature Mosaics
Draw inspiration from Fairy Tales, Mythology, and Fantasy to make mosaic art using colorful stickers. Create mythical animals like Unicorns, Dragons, Phoenix, Fairies and more.
Craft Kits will include:
6 x 9 in. mixed media paper with a mythical creature pre-drawn.
1 Sheet of 144 florescent stickers (each sticker - size 0.5 x 0.75 Inches)
1 Instruction Sheet
Craft supplies for program will be offered to the first 15 participants that register. Call the Walnut Creek Branch at 972-205-2585 and we can arrange pickup curbside. Children with art supplies at home may also participate without registering.
Brett Roberts, Bubble Wizard
Brett Roberts presents a magic show full of bubbles, magic tricks, dragons, and fairies. Brett will blow all kinds of bubbles, including giant bubbles and bubbles inside bubbles. Then Brett will teach the kids to do their own bubble tricks.
Teen Program - Geeky Terrariums
Teens will get to create a geeky terrarium from a mason jar and any geeky figurines and accessories they have at home. On Tuesday, July 29, teens will watch a Facebook Live video of staff creating a terrarium. Teens will be shown how
to create a scene in their terrarium with the materials they have at home – fishing wire, paper, hot glue, sand, rocks, etc. Teens can then create their own terrariums.
Hot glue/hot glue gun
Dungeons and Dragons for Teens
Online meeting of teens who wish to participate in a D&D quest! Each teen will have a character and staff will lead them on a quest through a fantasy world where they will have to battle creatures, solve puzzles and do math!
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 22
Meetings will be done over Zoom. Call to register and the link will be sent to registrants on June 24. There are only 10 available spots in a single campaign however if there are more than 10 teens who are interested in participating the library will form a wait list so that we have back up players in case one of the 10 original teens has to drop from the program.
Adulting 101: Laundry
Teens will learn how to do laundry. From sorting colors, choosing which cycle on the machine to use and what all those strange symbols on clothing tags mean, this program will make sure that teens will not have problems doing their own laundry.
Tween Scene (Ages 10-13) - Origami Dragon Eyes
Tween will learn how to fold a square sheet of paper into a blinking dragon eye. While folding, the participants will also begin to draw and color the dragon’s eye and the scales. The tweens may be able to complete more than one eye if they are quick artists.
Drawing tool (pencil, pen, marker, etc.)
Paper (copy paper or whatever paper)
Coloring tools (crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc.)
Online Pictionary for Teens
Teens will get to play an online game of Pictionary! In Zoom, each teen will get the chance to draw a card from the Pictionary deck (staff will draw the card) and send a private chat message to the teen chosen to draw that turn with what they need to draw.
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 17
Call to register and receive a link to this online event.
Adulting 101: Car Maintenance
Teens will learn how to do some basic car maintenance: checking their oil, adding windshield wiper fluid, checking tire pressure, how to adjust tire pressure and how to change a flat tire!
Tween Scene (Ages 10-13) - Catapults
Tween will learn how to construct a mini catapult by wrapping popsicle sticks with rubber bands. Once the catapults have been constructed, the participants will then test their catapult’s throwing power by launching various objects of different shapes, sizes, and weights toward a bullseye placed one foot away. A premade chart to record your results is available to illustrate your catapults power.
Craft supplies for Tween Scene will be offered to the first 25 participants to request them. Call 972-205-2804 for curbside pickup at the North Garland Branch.
Adult Informational Program: Resume Basics
Get some tips on how to create a #resume, find templates, and avoid common mistakes from Jenna, one of our Adult Services Librarians.
Watch as storyteller Gary Whitaker shares some Texas folk tales. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Video is available through Aug. 16, 2020.
Adult Craft Workshop - Book Binding
Patrons will learn about the Japanese style of book binding. This method involves using a blunt needle to sew pages together, eliminating the need for glue or other binding equipment.
Bookbinding needles (or a blunt needle)
Awl (or a hammer and nail, drill, sharp tweezers, thumbtacks, pins)
Waxed linen thread (or any thread waxed with beeswax)
Binder clips (or clothespins, paper clips)
“All in the Family” Preserving Family Stories Using Technology
Patrons can learn the basics on how to digitally preserve family stories using digital apps and recording equipment. We will demonstrate how to use a few of the apps for recording audio and video as well as provide resources on how to conduct interviews with family members to help preserve family history.
Adult Craft Workshop - Patriotic Flowerpot
Watch one of our librarians show you how to use painter’s tape to decorate a terra cotta pot in the style of an American flag. Star decals can be created by placing painters tape on top of a sheet of wax paper, drawing star shapes, cutting them out, then sticking them on the pot. While we will not show the use of an acrylic sealer, it will be suggested that crafters use it if they plan on placing the painted pot outside.
Terra Cotta flowerpot
Sanding sponge (or fine/medium grit sandpaper)
Paint (red, white, and blue acrylic)
Adult Informational Program: Genealogy
Library staff will provide an introduction to getting started with family research. Library resources to start that process will be highlighted, focusing primarily on easily accessible online resources like Heritage Quest and FamilySearch. Staff will also discuss area libraries with more extensive print collections like Dallas Public Library and McKinney Public Library.
Patrons will learn how to turn slices of wine corks into personalized pendant necklaces using paint, stamps, and other supplies.
Wine Corks-to cut into slices
Stamps or stencils
Hot glue or super glue
Adult Craft Workshop - Newspaper Bowl
Learn how to make a multipurpose bowl! Watch one of our librarians demonstrate how to make a multipurpose bowl using old newspapers or magazines.
Old newspapers or magazines
Bamboo skewer or knitting needle (The length should be at least 12 inches)
Learn about the basics of writing your memoir. From structuring your memoir and gathering up your information to the purpose of memoirs, and some resources to help you get started.
Adult Craft Workshop - Zentangle Postcards
Watch a tutorial video and learn how to create a personalized Zentangle from a photo. Zentangle can be both a method of stress relief and a cool piece of art!