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Summer Reading

Kids' Summer Reading

Build a Better World logoHuntsville-Madison County Public Library is ready to "build a better world" with you! Join our Summer Reading Club by picking up information at your local library. It’s easy and best of all, FREE! All children through 5th grade may participate in a variety of programs throughout Madison County. From animal programs, martial arts demonstrations, and STEAM-based learning experiences, the library has something for kids of all ages.

There’s so much to learn at the library. Summer Reading information will be available for pickup at any branch beginning May 30. On July 22, from 4-7 p.m., we’ll have a Field Day at Big Spring Park to celebrate Summer Reading. See a youth services librarian for more information.

Download our Summer Reading newsletter here

Click here for favorite books from our staff members' childhoods

Click here for Summer Reading events, logs, challenges, and more

Be sure to join us at one of our Summer Reading kick-off parties!

  • May 20, 8-11 a.m., Madison Public Library (130 Plaza Blvd.): This year, we've expanded the fun for all ages! Don't miss the chance to participate in fun runs and relay races, touch big trucks, enjoy birthday cake, learn about animals, complete crafts, and, of course, sign up for Summer Reading. We'll have special guests throughout the morning, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Free and open to the public.
  • May 30, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Hope City Park: Kick off Summer Reading with the Elizabeth Carpenter Public Library of New Hope. All ages are invited for this day of family fun!
  • June 2, 1-3 p.m., Oscar Mason Public Library (149 Mason Ct.): Come join us as we kick off our summer reading program with games and excitement for all ages. There will be face painting, crafts for all ages, a cake walk, snow cones, and more. Pick up your reading log while you are here. This year, we challenge everyone to participate in summer reading! Moms, dads, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends. Let's build our community by reading together! Free and open to the public.

  • June 3 & 4, during library hours, Downtown Huntsville Library (915 Monroe St): Brickapalooza will fill the Downtown Huntsville Library with creativity on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. Enjoy elaborate LEGO displays, bingo and trivia games, and ample opportunities to build your own LEGO creations. Duplos and Minecraft will be part of the fun, too. This family-friendly event will showcase models built by members of the Tennessee Valley LEGO® Club, a group of adult LEGO enthusiasts, and local First LEGO League robotics teams. Tickets are $5. Children age 3 and younger will be admitted free. 

School Summer Required Reading

Click on the links below for required reading lists for Huntsville City schools, Madison City schools, and Madison County schools or visit this Required Summer Reading Guide.

Huntsville City schools

Madison City: 

Monrovia Middle School:

Sparkman Middile School

Sparkman High School:

Don't see your school listed here? Check out our handy LibGuide for more Summer Reading required books lists.

Programming Partners

Thank you to our programmers! These organizations and businesses offer free programs at your library to supplement the Summer Reading experience. Click on each link to learn more about these great partners.

Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors! Without financial assistance from organizations like these, we would not be able to support such a fun and robust Summer Reading program. If you are interested in supporting Summer Reading, please contact Outreach Manager Mandy Pinyan at mpinyan@hmcpl.org or make a donation at huntsvillelibraryfoundation.org/donate (be sure to designate your contribution to Summer Reading).

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Adult Summer Reading

Summer reading… it’s not just for kids any more! The good part is you get to read whatever you want. The even better part is you can win awesome prizes for doing so! This year we are giving away a brand new Kindle Fire with cover to our grand prize winner! Here’s how to enter: 

2017 is the summer of Goodreads. Don't have a Goodreads account yet? It takes just a minute to sign up, and it's free. Once you have created your new account (or signed into your current one), search in the Groups box for Huntsville-Madison County Public Library group and join. Joining this group is all you need to do to become a participant.

How do I participate?

After reading any book, add your title to our special "Adult Summer Reading 2017" bookshelf (instructions below). Our goal is, as a community, to collect at least 1000 different titles on the ASR 2017 shelf by August 4. Being a part of the HMCPL Goodreads group will also help you get notifications of some of the great events we have planned, such as the fundraiser at Spirited Art and our end of summer party at Straight to Ale.

There will be door prizes and random drawings for prizes at both "Game Your Way to a Better World" at Pints and Pixels and "Grow Your Way to a Better World" at Straight to Ale. Winners will be randomly selected from the list of participants in the GoodReads group...so join today!

Here's how to add a book to the ASR 2017 bookshelf:

  • After you have finished reading your book, vist our Goodreads group. Note: By going to Goodreads.com, you will be leaving the library's website. This site may not have the same policies as as the library regarding privacy or management of your user information.
  • From the list of options on the top right of the screen, click on "Bookshelf", which will lead you to a new page listing all of HMCPL's titles.
  • On the top left is a search box that says "Add Books." Search for your title there.
  • When the correct title appears, click the link that says "Add to Group." A smaller window with the book will appear, with several options.
  • For shelves, click "Choose Shelves" and add it to the "Adult Summer Reading 2017" shelf.
  • In the space asking "Why This Book?" write your name and home library branch. You may leave a review if you wish.
  • Set the correct date for when you finished the book, and click "Save Group Book."

Important: If you add a group book and find out that another participant has already added it, simply write your name and home library and the date you finished in the "Why This Book?" field and it will still count!

Build a Better World logoAdult Summer Reading Events: 

  • May 30 @ 6 p.m.: Game your Way to a Better World – Our Adult Summer Reading party kicks off at Pints and Pixels, 115 Clinton Ave East. Enjoy some delicious food at Anaheim Chili and have a blast playing arcade games all night long! A portion of the proceeds go to the library, so come out and play with us! 
  • June 10, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Build a Better World Through Volunteering – Join us at the Bailey Cove Public Library, 1409 Weatherly Plaza SE, to discover volunteering opportunities in Huntsville for teens and adults.
  • June 13 @ Noon: Tuesdays with TED – The Summer Reading theme this year is "Build a Better World", and the TED for June will be a new one from the TED dialogues series by Yuval Noah Harari: Nationalism vs. Globalism: The new political divide. This is an extra-long TED talk, which runs for an entire hour, with discussion to follow. Downtown Huntsville Library, 915 Monroe St.
  • June 13, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Nonprofit Fair – If you are looking for community resources or want to volunteer, please come to our information fair at Monrovia Public Library, 254 Allen Drake Drive, where you can meet different groups that provide community assistance, skills training, and more. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or email chewitt@hmcpl.org.
  • June 15 @ 6 p.m., Build a Better World with the Huntsville Botanical Gardens – Learn about pollinators and conservation efforts going on at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. This program will take place at Bailey Cove Public Library, 1409 Weatherly Plaza SE.
  • June 24, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Nonprofit Fair – Meet local nonprofit organizations in the Atrium of the Downtown Huntsville Library and find out what you can do to help! 
  • June 27 @ 6 p.m.: Spirited Art: Make Coffee, Not War – Join us at Spirited Art’s new location at Campus 805, 2620 Clinton Ave. W., Classroom #217.  Enjoy some delicious local brew and paint to benefit your local library’s Adult Summer Reading program. Remember, don’t drink the paint water! 
  • August 4 @ 6 p.m.: Grow a Better World – Create up-cycled terrariums using old bottles, and enjoy some great local drinks from Straight to Ale Brewery, 2610 Clinton Ave W.