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Summer Reading Challenge

 For Children!             For Teens!             For Adults!

We make every attempt to provide correct dates & times. Programs may be subject to cancellation or rescheduling at any time.

Enroll starting June 2 at one of your Grand Prairie libraries:

  • Grand Prairie Main Library: 901 Conover Drive. 972-237-5700
  • Betty Warmack Library: 760 Bardin Rd. 972-237-5770
  • Tony Shotwell Life Center Library: 2750 Graham St. (inside the Shotwell Life Center). 972-237-7540.

READING LOGS ARE DUE JULY 28!!


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Kids' Reading Challenge

Children's Summer Reading Challenge!

Back to School Bash

Join us at the Main Library at 2 pm on August 2, for a Back to School Bash with special guest star David Chicken!

 

Performers 
Then throughout the summer, each library will offer an array of programs and activities to complement the Summer Reading Challenge. On Mondays, starting June 9, the libraries will host children's performers

Warmack Library at 1:30 p.m.

Shotwell Library at 3:30 p.m.

Main Library at 5:30 p.m.

 

June 9: Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Clowns
June16: Pint Size Polkas
June 23: The Pipdillys
June 30: Critterman
July 7: Joe McDermott
July 14: Perot Museum of Nature & Science
July 21: David the Magic Guy
July 28: Ronald McDonald 

KinderClasses
Sessions through the summer at all three libraries blend reading with music, movement and arts for the very young to nurture development, language, literacy, counting, social, emotional and physical skills—all in the rich context of reading, crafts and play!

Shotwell Library

6:30 p.m. Mondays

Main Library

10 a.m. & 11 a.m. Tuesdays

Warmack Library

10 a.m. Wednesdays

  • June 9, 16, 23
  • July 7, 14, 21, 28
  • June 3, 10, 17, 24
  • July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • June 11, 18, 25
  • July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Movies
Kids enjoy free movies throughout the summer. The Main Library and the Shotwell Branch offer popular children’s choices on Thursday afternoons. For licensing reasons, we can't announce titles online. Pick up a schedule at the library or call for titles.

Shotwell Library
3:30 p.m. Thursdays

Main Library
1 p.m. Thursdays

  • June 12, 19, 26
  • July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • June 12, 19, 26
  • July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

 Learning in Motion
Get Fit GP helps kids develop habits of healthy eating and exercise, with advice from a nutritionist from the Parkland Hospital System. 11 am on Wednesday, July 16 at the Warmack Branch Library (follows storytime). Enjoy a healthy snack while you learn!


 

Teen Summer Reading Challenge!

The Teen Summer Reading Challenge is for ages 13 to 18. Teens entries into weekly drawings, and our  Grand Prize Drawing for an Amazon Kindle Fire. READING LOGS ARE DUE JULY 28!

Audiobooks count toward your reading time! See the Library's collection of downloadable eAudiobooks, or check out SYNC's schedule of free summer teen audiobooks! Each week through August 20, SYNC will offer 2 free eAudiobooks.

Author Panel

Meet 3 up-and-coming local Electrifying Authors at a special Author Panel at the Main Library at 2 pm on Saturday, July 26.

Author e.E. Charlton-Trujillo has had to cancel her appearance. We hope to arrange an event later this yearThe south Texas native has written three novels for teens, and produced nearly a dozen short films and music videos. Her first book, Prizefighter En Mi Casa, won the prestigious Delacorte Dell Yearling Award and Parents' Choice Silver Honor. Her latest book, Fat Angie, is gathering star reviews and the attention of authors like Gregory Maguire and Ellen Hopkins.

Authors Appearing:

Krissi Dallas

Lindsay Cummings

Mary Gray

Main Library

 

June 12, 4 pm: Movie Madness

June 19, 4 pm: Teen Gaming

June 26, 4 pm:Lego Makerspace

July 3, 4 pm: Solar System Craft

July 10, 4 pm: Movie Madness

July 17, 4 pm: Teen Gaming

July 24, 4 pm: Robotics Makerspace

July 31, 4 pm: Page Poetry Craft

 

Warmack

Branch

June 3, 1:30 pm: Grossology

June 10, 1:30 pm: LEGO Challenge

June 17, 1:30 pm: Spark a Crafty Reaction

June 24, 1:30 pm: Duct Tape Club

July 1, 1:30 pm: Movie Madness

July 8, 1:30 pm: Minecraft/Game Day

July 15, 1:30 pm: Robot Wars

Shotwell

Branch

June 10, 6:30 pm: Grossology Makerspace Lab

June 17, 6:30 pm: Zombie Survival

June 25, 6 pm: Starter Cinema

July 1, 6:30 pm: Upcycle Makerspace

July 8, 6:30 pm: Lego Makerspace

July 15, 6:30 pm: Teen Robot Lab

July 22, 6:30 pm: tWeen/Teen Gaming

July 29, 2 pm: Learning in Motion: Teens

July 30, 6 pm: Starter Cinema

 


Adult Reading Challenge

Adult Summer Reading Challenge

Sign up for the Challenge and pick up a rading log at any library. As you read, you'll earn entries into weekly prize drawings, and the Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the summer. Each branch will draw for a Kindle Fire! READING LOGS ARE DUE JULY 28!

Audiobooks count toward your reading time! See the Library's collection of downloadable eAudiobooks, or check out SYNC's schedule of free summer audiobooks (teen and adult titles)! Each week through August 20, SYNC will offer 2 free eAudiobooks.

Adult readers will discover "literary elements" with a variety of programs, which are available at no fee:

7 p.m., June 9, Warmack Branch: The Readers' Guild meets to discuss The Engagements, by J. Courtney Sullivan.

7:30 p.m., June 10, Main Library: “Ride the Rails of Texas”. Learn about Texas’ railroads: their depots, museums and excursion trains. Presented by Rollin Phipps.

10:30 a.m., June 16, Main Library: BookShare. Enjoy spirited books discussion with no required reading. Discuss the great and not-so-great in fiction and nonfiction.

11 a.m., June 21, Johnny Carino's Italian Restaurant: Forever Young Adult Book Club. Join us  for the debut of our new book club, for adults who enjoy young adult literature. Our selection this month is "Emily of New Moon", by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

7 p.m., June 24, Warmack Branch: Dr. Brandi Andrade from UTA's Theater Arts Dept. will present a dramatic reading of  "A Jury of Her Peers", a story by Susan Glaspell.

The murder mystery was once adapted into an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and broadcast under the title "Trifles." The story was loosely based on the murder of John Hossack, which Glaspell covered while working as a journalist.

7:30 p.m. June 24, Main Library: The Past Unwoven: DNA Testing & History. Learn how modern DNA testing has expanded our knowledge of people and events as far back as Thomas Jefferson, and Dr. Roby’s recent work in identifying victims of political violence. Dr. Roby, Associate Professor of Molecular and Medical Genetics, teaches and conducts research at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

7:30 p.m., July 8, Main Library: “Eyes on the Skies: Space Exploration from the Moon & Beyond”, presented by Raymond Benge.

2 p.m., July 12, Warmack Branch: Summer Fashion Show, presented by Chico’s of Lincoln Park, Arlington. Play the fashion trivia contest for a chance at a $50 gift certificate. Starting in June: enter a drawing to model in the show and win a $50 gift certificate.

7 p.m., July 14, Warmack Branch: The Readers' Guild meets to discuss Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor, by Rosina Harrison.

7 p.m., July 15, Warmack Branch: Dr. Brandi Andrade from UTA's Theater Arts Dept. will will read selections from Pearl Cleage's The Brass Bed and Other Stories. Cleage is the author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, which was an early Oprah Book Club book.

10:30 a.m., July 21, Main Library: BookShare. Enjoy spirited books discussion with no required reading. Discuss the great and not-so-great in fiction and nonfiction.

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