Summer Reading

Summer Reading time is here! This year things will look different from years past. We are honoring social distancing guidelines and offering remote opportunities for reading and learning. Participants can log books read over the summer months as before, with our downloadable reading logs for kids and teens. These completed logs can redeemed for prizes. We will provide online programs with our talented youth librarians and community partners.

*Please note that Bessie K. Russell is no longer open as they prepare to open the North Huntsville Library this fall. 

Pop-Up Storytime in the Park

Storytime begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts for approximately 30 minutes


Rescheduled to Friday, July 31:  Phillips Park in Monrovia (under the pavilion)

Tuesday, August 4: Kids Kingdom at Dublin Park

Wednesday, August 5: Flamingo Park

Thursday, August 6: Willow Park

Tuesday, August 11: Kids Space

Thursday, August 13: Creekwood Park

Tuesday, August 18: Showers Center Park

Thursday, August 20: Palmer Park

Tuesday, August 25: Everyboday Can Play Park

Thursday, August 27: Blue Water Springs Park

More dates and locations coming soon!

Take and Make Crafts

In lieu of programming, we are offering take and make themed craft bags. You can visit your branch each week for a new craft (one per child and a maximum of 5 per family). Click here for the craft schedule for Prek-2nd grade and for 3rd-5th grade.

You can reserve a craft bag using our online form.

Book Trackers

2020 Summer Reading Printable Book Tracker for Kids 11yrs and under

2020 Summer Reading Printable Book Tracker for Teens 12yrs and older

You can submit completed reading logs to  by July 17, 2020 for a chance to win prizes. 

Virtual Programming Schedule

All of our virtual programming will be available on HMCPL's Youtube Channel


Required Summer Reading for each area school system.

A resource for summer reading titles is SYNC, a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Audiobooks use the OverDrive app. Here is the link:

2019 Summer Reading Stats:


    2019 Children's Summer Reading

    • Program Attendance: 40,223
    • Number of Children's Programs Offered: 794
    • Total Number of Children's Books Read: 231,569



    2019 Teen Summer Reading

    • Program Attendance: 1,136
    • Number of Teen Programs: 125
    • Total Number of Teen Books Read: 25,078

    With support from donors, the library held its end of the summer party at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, featuring games, simulations, crafts, and free books! Over 1,200 were in attendance for this free concert and community event, which also included each child receiving a free book through our Scholastic FACE partnership.

    2020 Sponsors

    Our 2020 summer reading program is made possible through a generous donation from:


    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 or make a donation at (be sure to designate your contribution to Summer Reading).