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Summer activities with the Bryan + College Station Public Library System

From summer reading to writing contests to a library cookbook, the Bryan + College Station Public Library System has activities for all ages this summer.
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 11:38 AM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - You don’t just have to be a local student to participate in the Bryan + College Station Public Library System summer programming. The public library system has created activities all summer long that appeals to a wide range of interests and ages.

“It’s for all ages zero on up to adults,” said Beatrice Saba, Bryan + College Station Public Library System, Library Director. “There really is no age limit at all. Of course, a reading program is to encourage reading and to curb the summer slide from kids and encourage them to read more.”

Focusing on the kids, the library system has launched its summer reading program theme, ”Tails and Tales,” which focuses on animals and books. In conjunction with this theme, the libraries have different events and programs at each library branch daily that families can participate in. For example with “Horse Hands” at the Clara B. Mounce Library, kids can learn about measuring horses in hands and see horse tack.

Additionally, as the nation opens up, the library has brought back in-person events like storytime and toys at the nationally recognized family play place at Ringer Library.

“We are doing [storytime] the Ringer Library in person during the day and in the evening,” said Saba. “We are asking parents to register online to participate with their kids.”

For teens, there is a teen photo scavenger hunt on Instagram. In this challenge, local teenagers are encouraged to tag the library system in posts for a chance to win a gift card in weekly competitions.

To celebrate 150 years of the City of Bryan, there is a writing contest open for both children and teens. The prompt is to “tell us about your experience with Bryan in writing,” according to the Bryan + College Station Public Library System. Click here to see contest guidelines. Submissions must be sent in by June 18.

Adults have an opportunity to take part in the 150-year celebrations, too.

In 2,000 words or less, adults are asked to write an original fiction piece “set in Bryan in any time period (past, present, or future),” according to the Bryan + College Station Public Library System. Click here to learn more.

Additionally, adults have the opportunity to contribute a recipe to the library cookbook. The recipe can be any type of genre, and the submission will be entered to win a cooking-themed gift basket.

To learn about all the different events and activities offered by the Bryan + College Station Public Library System, click here.

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