Summer Reading

Tails and Tales - Summer Reading Program 2021

Welcome to the Bryan + College Station Public Library System’s 2021 Summer Reading Program! The 2021 theme is Tails and Tales. We are excited that you are joining us online for a summer full of digitally delivered programs from June 1 thru July 31.

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 (like gift cards!). You will also be able to write book reviews for the books you love and want others to read.

We will be adding new badges and challenges throughout the summer, so keep an eye out for our website and social media pages to see what’s going on with the library!

Program Dates

The Summer Reading Program starts June 1, 2021, and ends July 31, 2021. 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 reached at least 300 points during the months of June and July.

“It’s a Book Party!” with renowned author Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher and New York Times-bestselling author of 35 books, including the Caldecott Medal and Newbery Honor-winning picture book, The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, and the Newbery medal-winning middle-grade novel The Crossover.

A regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, Alexander is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. In 2018, he founded the publishing imprint VERSIFY, and opened the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic in Ghana, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded.

He is also the writer and executive producer of The Crossover TV series on Disney +.

Events Calendar

Reading Levels

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

  • Early Literacy: ages 5 and under
  • Children: ages 6-12
  • Teen: ages 13-18
  • 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, including an art contest for Children and Teens, and two writing contests for Adults. Even though we can’t gather, we want to engage with you. We love our library community, and we don’t want to lose touch! 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!

  • Read for fun,
  • Engage in programs and activities,
  • Participate online to share reviews,
  • Earn cool badges towards reading goals,
  • Automatically be entered in drawings to win prizes,
  • And More

summer reading program

Funding for the summer reading program is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

Summer Reading Frequently Asked Questions

Where/how do I sign up for the Summer Reading Program?

If you would like to sign up for our online summer reading program, you may do so using any device with an internet connection here.

Does registering for an account automatically enroll me into the program?

Creating/Registering for an account does not automatically enroll you into the summer reading program. In order to participate in the program, aside from registering, you also must add yourself as a reader. Each participant must be added as a “reader” in the program to be officially enrolled.

How does it work?

Every week you can earn badges by participating in reading, crafts, storytimes, and other fun activities and by just logging your reading. You do not have to complete a book or have read for a minimal amount of time to receive credit. You can use the log online to keep track of your reading days. Enter 1 day for each day of reading after signing up; days can be entered individually or as a group. Book titles are optional and can be entered whether you have finished the book or not.

Do I or my child need a library card to sign up?

No, a library card is not required to participate in the summer reading program. However, you must register online and add all participants as readers to participate.

Do I have to read books from the library?

No, you do not have to read books from the library. You can read or listen to books, any books. We also have Digital Resources where you can access and check out e-books and e-audiobooks. Use your library card and password to access your account. If you do not have a virtual eCard or physical library card, register for a free Virtual eCard here. For a physical library card, please visit our libraries during operating hours.

What kind of “books” count?

All books count! Any genre fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels. Listening to audiobooks counts as well.

What are the dates for the Summer Reading Program?

The Summer Reading Program starts on June 1, 2021, and ends on July 31, 2021. You can sign up at any time during this period.

Do you have a printable list of events?

Yes. We have three events calendars in PDF format.

Who is the program for?

The summer reading program is for all ages. When you sign up as a reader, chose the category you fit in; Early Literacy Program (Ages 5 and under); Children’s Program (Ages 6-12); Teens Program (Ages 13-18) and Adults Program (Ages 18 and up)

Are there physical prizes this year?

This year, there will only be gift card entry prizes based on entry drawing. When you participate in the program and complete your 30 days of reading, you will be entered automatically into the drawing. There will also be gift card drawings for writing and drawing contests. All prize recipients will be notified via email and/or phone. Please provide up-to-date information when creating your account so that you do not miss the opportunity to claim your prize.

Why do you need my e-mail address to sign up for the Summer Reading Program?

If you should forget your password, an e-mail address is necessary to reset a new password so you can log into your Summer Reading account. The library will not use your e-mail address to solicit you in any way.

Do you want them to enter how many days it took them to read the book? Or just a book they read each day?

Readers earn points for every day that they read. So, if a book takes more than one day to read, you can either save logging for when the book is finished and enter the total number of days, or you can log once per day with the same title. Either is fine.

There is a section the says “Enter Secret Code” and “Activities.” What should we put here?

These are new features for this year. Check out the list of Activities. If you have done one of these, select it from the menu and you’ll get a special activity badge. And be on the lookout for Secret Codes at our events, story times, in the newsletter and on social media. If you find a secret code, enter it into the secret code section and get a super-secret badge.

Writing Contests

Click on a contest name to view its guidelines.

Art Contests

Click on a contest name to view its guidelines.

Photography Contest

Click on a contest name to view its guidelines.


There will be a drawing in each age category for the prizes listed below after the program ends. Winners will be contacted directly. Thank you for participating in the summer reading program.

Grand Prizes: for earning 300 points

  • Early Literacy, age 0-5, 1 winner per library: Farm Set
    Barn with Farm Animals, Farm Coloring Book, Crayons, Touch and Feel Farm Animals board book, Farm Animal easy reader book, Let’s Listen on the Farm book, Old MacDonald Finger Puppets
  • Children’s, age 6-12, 1 winner per library: Pet Pack
    Art Set, Drawing Pad, How to Draw Pets book, Mini-Encyclopedia: Pets, 125 Stories of Amazing Pets book, Dog Man card game, Giga Pet: Puppy
  • Teen, age 13-18: 1 winner per library
    Cozy Saucer Chair + Plush Blanket for your favorite reading spot
  • Adult, age 18+, 1 winner total
    Cozy Reading Basket

Completion Prizes for earning 300 points (while supplies last, at both libraries)

  • Early Literacy, age 0-5: free Whataburger Jr. coupon
  • Children’s, age 6-12: free Whataburger Jr. coupon
  • Teen, age 13-18: Little Caesar’s free crazy bread coupons
  • Adult, age 18+: Little Caesar’s free crazy bread coupons

Contests and Challenges

  • Prizes vary per location
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