Activities, events, book clubs and other programs are the lifeblood of the library and help fulfill our mission to fuel the imagination and encourage reading in the community.


Activities, events, book clubs and other programs are the lifeblood of the library and help fulfill our mission to fuel the imagination and encourage reading in the community.

Summer Reading Program

Winner of the 2023 Summer Reading Program Art Contest - Ages 7-8 group: Andrew

“Adventure Begins at Your Library”

Coming Summer 2024

And that’s a wrap on Summer Reading 2023! But don’t stop reading. We’ve got new reading challenges coming your way all year long in the Beanstack platform!

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Reading levels

When you register online for Summer Reading, you are signing up to read for 30 total days. And you can read anything! As you “level up” through the 30 days, you’ll earn badges, bragging rights and the chance to earn prizes. You will also be able to write book reviews for the books you love and want others to read.

We have four program levels, and every reader will choose the level that best applies to them:

  • Early Literacy: ages 5 and under
  • Children: ages 6-12
  • Teen: ages 13-17
  • Adult: ages 18 and up

The different levels help us to make sure you know about all of the events that you might be interested in, and we have so many fun things! In addition to events, we’re also hosting several contests with prizes this year. This summer, when you think of the library as you participate in our Summer Reading Program, we hope you will tag us on social media so we can interact!

Summer Reading Program photo collage of young children, teenagers, college students and parents all reading.

Art contest

You are formally invited to join us for the Summer Reading Program Art Contest: “Adventure Begins at Your Library.”

Contest guidelines

  • The contest is open to ages 5-17 in the following five categories:
    • Ages 5-6
    • Ages 7-8
    • Ages 9-10
    • Ages 11-13
    • Ages 14-17
  • Artwork must be created no earlier than June 1, 2024 (new work of art) and received between July 1 – 15, accompanied by a digital or print “copyright release form for original work”
  • Art must be no larger than 9×12 inches on paper in the following medium: chalk, paint, pencils, markers, crayons
  • Any type of paper will be accepted; such as canvas or mixed media; no sculpture or frame art accepted
  • Must adhere to the theme of “adventure”
  • Include contact information (name of artist, age, parent name (if minor), phone number, email & branch on the back side of art paper
  • Entries must not have been submitted for previous contest and only one art entry per person
  • Submissions must be turned in by July 15 at 8 p.m., at the latest. No entry accepted after that
  • All artwork must be picked up by Aug. 31. If artwork is not picked up by that date, it becomes the property of the Library
  • By entering the contest, entrants consent to the use of the publication of their name, artwork image, and statement in connection with the contest or any subsequent similar contest held by BCS Public Library System, without payment or compensation other than the chance to win the prize awarded
  • Entries will be posted during the month of August at the branch location designated on back of artwork


A panel of judges from The Arts Council of the Brazos Valley will decide the winners for each category. 


One prize will be awarded per each age category: $30 gift certificate to Michael’s.

Award presentation

Prizes will be awarded the week of July 22 and winners will be contacted.

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Program dates

The Summer Reading Program starts June 1, and ends July 31, each year. Be sure to register and participate in the program online. You can register and participate up to the last date. Registration starts June 1.

To be eligible for a prize drawing, you would need to have read for at least 30 days during the months of June and July.

Special thanks

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Funding for the Summer Reading Program is made possible by the Friends of the Library.