The library is like a candy store where everything is free.

--Jamie Ford, American writer

2022 "Oceans of Possibilities" Summer Reading Program  

***A refrigerator-friendly July calendar is available to print.***

Brag Tags

Complete the "Oceans of Possibilities" summer reading challenge (kids 0-10) or the 2x2 Boot challenge (especially for kids ages 2-2nd grade) to earn brag tags.  

Special Programs @ Memorial City Hall sponsored by Friends of a Public Library

Tuesday, June 7 @ 10:30: Wildlife on the MoveOctopus sans CLSP

Tuesday, June 21 @ 10:30: Bright Star Theatre presents The Little Mermaid

Wednesday, July 6 @ 2:30: Lady Chops

Tuesday, July 19 @ 10:30: Bubble Man

Zumba with Ms. Shannon sponsored by Friends of a Public Library

Tuesday, June 14, June 28 , July 12, and July 26 @ 10:30 at the library

Storytime with Ms. Felicia

Wednesday, June 8, 15, 22, and 29 @ 10:30 at the library 

Wednesday, July 13, 20, and 27 @ 10:30 at the library 

June Thursdays @ 10:30 at the library 

June 9: Art Class with Laura Merrill (ages 10+; limited class size; registration required) sponsored by the Friends of a Public Library

June 16: Let's Move! with Cosmic Kids Yoga & Phonicsman Story Run

June 23: Let's Draw! with Art for Kids Hub

June 30: Break-In Bags (Mermaids & Pirates)


Every Friday @ 10:30 from June 10-July 22

End of Summer Party @ City Arena sponsored by the Friends of a Public Library

Friday, July 29 from 9:30-noon 

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  1. Resources

1000 Books1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Children who are not yet enrolled in Kindergarten may participate in this free, ongoing program which encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their child before he/she enters school.  Visit 1000 Books Before Kindergarten website for reading lists, available apps, and fun activities.  Tracking charts are available at the library. 


BookFlix is a digital literacy resource which pairs video storybooks with non-fiction eBooks on similar subjects.  Lesson plans, games, and other resources are also included.  A valid library card is required to access this resource.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

In partnership with local affiliate Mission Marshall, the library offers registration forms (PDF) for this book gifting program which mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter the family’s income.

eBooks for Kids

Libby for kids features fiction and non-fiction books, award-winning picture and chapter books, classics, series, and more! A valid library card is required.

Jungle Junior

Jungle Junior is an interactive typing game designed to teach kids keyboard basics using colorful videos and interactive lessons.

  1. book lists

2x2 Reading List from the Texas Library Association (TLA) is especially for children ages 2 through 2nd grade. The website also includes a coloring page and suggestions for extension activities.

Best Children's Books of the Year, as determined by Bank Street College of Education, recommends books for kids under 5 (PDF), kids age 5-9 (PDF), and kids 9-12 (PDF) based on a number of criteria.  Visit the Tweens and Teens page to view lists for ages 12 and up.

Caldecott Medal, awarded by the American Library Association (ALA), is given to the artist who has created the most distinguished picture book of the year.  

Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. 

Little Maverick is a recommended reading list from TLA of graphic novels designed for children in grades K-5.

Newbery Medal, awarded by ALA, is given annually to the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year. 

Read Brightly includes book suggestions for babies through teens as well as includes reading tips and activities.  An emailed newsletter featuring new and notable titles is also available.

Reading Rockets offers a book finder tool that allows readers to create a customized list of books by author, illustrator, age, reading level, genre, topic, as well as by countries and regions.

Tejas Star provides a recommended reading list from TLA to encourage children ages 5-12 to explore multicultural books.  

Texas Bluebonnet Award List from TLA is especially for children in 3rd through 6th grade. 

(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award is given annually by ALA to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English.