Bryan & College Station Libraries Hosting Summer Reading Program & Special Events

Bryan & College Station Libraries Hosting Summer Reading Program & Special Events

From board games and music to puppets and a Read-A-Thon for charity, the Bryan and College Station libraries are hosting a fun-filled summer for children and teens.
“Youth of all ages can pick up reading game boards at the Bryan Public Library and Larry J. Ringer Public Library after May 31st,” said Bryan Librarian Bobbee Pennington of the Summer Reading Program. “Keep track of the minutes per day that you spend reading on your game board, and receive fun little prizes along the way from the Library.”
The Summer Reading Program’s goals are to advance reading achievement in children and youth and prevent what literacy research calls “summer reading loss.” More than 3,500 children and teens participated in the summer reading program in 2007.
Pennington added, “The game board and the prizes, and the theme of the program are the same at both libraries in the Bryan + College Station Library System, but the time and content of special events varies because it is targeted to the needs and interests of the surrounding communities. The events may be different, but they all have a common objective – getting kids to come to the library, have fun and read all summer.”
The children’s Summer Reading Club is open to children ages 11 and younger or who will be entering 6th grade or lower in the Fall. Its theme is Texas Reading Club Jubilee: 1958-2008. The special theme for teens, defined as ages 12-19 or entering grades 7 through 12 in the fall, is Game On! TTR.08.
An all-ages Summer Reading Program kick-off will be held 3 – 8:30 p.m., June 4, 2008 at the Larry J. Ringer Library in College Station. It will include a moonwalk, obstacle course, water balloons, cotton candy and snow cones outdoors and a Scholastic Book Fair indoors.
In addition to logging reading time, kids will have the opportunity to explore Big Rig trucks (June 4th); learn more about snakes (June 11th); watch a chemistry road show (July 2nd); and meet a local police dog (July 9th) at the Bryan Public Library.
Also in Bryan, you may “bring your completed game board to the closing ceremony on July 23rd for a free book and a certificate signed by the Mayor and the Governor of Texas,” said Pennington. “If you have not completed your game board by then, don’t worry. You still have until August 31st to turn in your game board for your free book and certificate.”
Perkins added, “In College Station, we will have an end of the Summer Reading Program party for children from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30th. Teenagers from both libraries will have their own party at Adamson Lagoon on Monday, July 28th. The teen pool party is to reward teens for their participation in the Teen Summer Reading Club. Teenagers must sign up for the reading program in order to attend the party, but they do not have to have completed their game board yet.”
Children’s events will be held during the day in June and July on Tuesdays in College Station and Wednesdays in Bryan. Special events will take place on selected Saturdays in Bryan and Wednesday afternoon and evenings in College Station. Teen activities will be held on Monday evenings in College Station and on Thursday afternoons in Bryan
For more information on story times, special events and the summer reading program at both libraries, please visit or call Bobbee Pennington, Librarian, Bryan Public Library at 979-209-5600 and Kendra Perkins, Librarian, Larry J. Ringer Public Library at 979-764-3416.


Larry J. Ringer Public Library
1818 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy S.
College Station, Texas 77845
(979) 764-3416


Wed., June 4, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM (in meeting room)
Hosts: Friends of the Bryan + College Station Public Library System
Cash, Checks (to the Friends), Credit Cards (through Scholastic)
Support youth programs, materials, activities, and summer fun

RACE IN A GIANT HAMSTER BALL! (or watch others)
Mon., June 9, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
And More Silly Outdoor Races: Egg Toss, 3-Legged Race,…

Mon., June 16, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Trivia games such as Scene It?, Trivial Pursuit, and Cranium

Mon., June 23, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Play a part or watch others; figure out who the murderer is

CARD GAMES: Some provided; Bring your favorite
Mon., June 30, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Poker, Go Fish, War; Bring Magic, other trading cards, etc.

PLAY-A-THON: Play one game after another
Mon., July 7, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Scrabble, Pictionary, Catch Phrase, Jenga, Twister, etc.

Mon., July 14, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Create noncooked snacks with provided foods or be a judge!

VIDEO GAMES (take turns on a PS2 or bring your own)
Mon., July 21, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Guitar Hero; Dance Dance Revolution; you can bring others


Tues., June 10, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Make your own scrapbook page! Supplies provided.

Tues., June 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
OUTSIDE: Bluebonnet Streetrodders displaying classic cars; free Schwan’s popsicles
INSIDE: children’s sock hop, ‘50s music

Tues., June 24, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
music and storytelling

Tues., July 1, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Puppet shows by teen volunteers: rockets, astronauts, etc.

Tues., July 8, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
‘70s and ‘80s games (Hungry Hungry Hippos, Battleship, Barrel of Monkeys, Connect Four, Chutes & Ladders, etc.)

Tues., July 15, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Stories and Puppet Shows: Arthur, Franklin, etc.

Tues., July 22, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Saxophonist Melissa Reiser shows you how. Be creative!

Wed., July 30, 3 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Time capsules and more; face painting; certificates; books

Bryan Public Library
201 E. 26th St.
Bryan, Texas 77803
(979) 209-5600


Buggin' Out! with Solpugid Productions
Thurs., June 12, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Face your fear -- or watch your friends face their fear! From Hot Pink Tarantulas to Hissing Cockroaches, there's something for everyone here!

Puppetry Workshop with Bobbee Pennington
Thurs., June 19, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Bring an old sock and a cardboard box and learn some puppetry tips. Rehearse for the puppet show for Preschool Storytime!

Beeswax Crafts with Kim Lehman, the Ultimate Beekeeper!
Thurs., June 26, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Learn about all the things you can make with beeswax!

Digital Storytelling 1 with Susan Corapi
Thurs., July 3, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Make a PowerPoint story for Preschool Storytime!

Digital Storytelling 2 with Susan Corapi
Thurs., July 10, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Use Windows Media Player and make a movie. Royalty-free music provided by, an award winning library of stock music.

Teen Read-a-thon for Charity
Thurs., July 17, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hang out in the library all day and read for the Voices for Children!


Milk & Cookie Morning @ the Library!
Saturday, May 31, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Start off the summer with fun by joining us in welcoming the Southwest Diary Farmers' Mobile Classroom to the library! Pick up your summer reading club game board, see Bessie the cow, and have some milk and cookies courtesy of HEB.

Big Rigs
Wed., June 4, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Grab your hard-hat and firefighter's helmet and get in gear for this truckload of fun! Trucks provided by Prater Equipment Co., Boyd's Ready Mix, Scarmardo Food Service, the City of Bryan, and more.

Snakes Alive!
Wed., June 11, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Snakes! @ at the Library?? Yes, but don't worry. Don Plitt, assistant director of Environmental Health Services of the Brazos County Health Department will make sure the snakes don't slither out of the library meeting room! Do snakes like to read books?

Storyteller Robbin Major: Interactive Storytelling
Wed., June 18, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Robbin Major will take you on an interactive storytelling journey through the decades from 1958-2008. Expect puns and plenty of fun!

Texas Reds Kids Zone!**
Sat., June 21, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Come experience the awesome interactive performance of Rhythmweb at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM on the Kids Zone Stage!
· Free Stage Events and Crafts:
· Crazy Science Show at 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM in the meeting room of the Bryan Public Library courtesy of Texas A&M University Department of Chemistry.
· Fancy Nancy Storytime and Crafts at 1:30 PM in the meeting room of the Bryan Public Library courtesy of the Girl Scout Council of Central Texas.
· Solpugid Productions will be displaying a "Buggin' Out Zoo" with hot pink tarantulas and hissing cockroaches on the library lawn from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
· **The City of Bryan is also providing wristband activities for $10 for a zip line, bungee rope, and climbing wall! For more information on other performers and activities, visit the Texas Reds Festival Kids Zone page.
Kim Lehman: Music and Storytelling
Wed., June 25, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
This fun-filled, interactive musical storytelling program by Austin recording artist Kim Lehman combines stories, props, music, and puppets. Learn to play the spoons, listen to a musical story about a frog, and laugh at the silliness of a very talkative monkey. Funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Crazy Science Day: Jim Pennington, TAMU Chemistry
Wed., July 2, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
See the chemistry road show with wild and wacky science presented by the TAMU Department of Chemistry with Dr. Jim Pennington. Be amazed!

Police Dogs K-9 Unit
Wed., July 9, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Police dogs are a police officer's best friend! Sergeant Swartzlander will demonstrate how brave Rudi, a highly trained Belgian Malinois dog, assists with criminal apprehension, narcotics detection, searching, tracking, and article recovery.

Wed., July 16, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Get caught up on your reading game boards! Come in the morning to the library, hang out, and D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read)!

Costume Party, End of Summer Jubilee
Sat., July 26, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Come dressed as your favorite book character & dance to music from each decade of the Texas Summer Reading Program--the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s and more! Refreshments provided courtesy of HEB!

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