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The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club, presented by Walmart Sam’s Club, is aneight-week program designed to keep kids’ skills sharp over the summer and encourage a love of reading for all ages.

Founded in 1993, the Dallas Mayor’s Sumer Reading Club has served over 250,000 children by encouraging them to pick up a book to read during the summer months. The program is based on the belief that regular reading keeps academic skills sharp, inspires curiosity, enhances comprehension and vocabulary, and best of all, puts in place the habit for young people to become lifelong readers and learners!

You and your child/children can sign up for the eight week program at any one of the 29 Dallas Public Library locations, the Dallas Public Library’s Bookmobile or online. Be sure to check dallaslibrary.org for details on free, special Mayor’s Summer Reading Club events and entertainment scheduled at each of the 29 library locations throughout the summer.

Each week from June 7 – August 2 participating young club members will have a chance to earn an incentive prizes by reporting what they read to any Dallas Public Library location.

To earn the weekly prize , children 7 and older are required to read at least five hours per week and children 6 and under are asked to read three hours per week.

All readers may report any reading material including books, e-books, audio books and magazines. Suggested reading by age level may also be found on the library website.

Kids who log reading hours for 6 out of 8 weeks will qualify for the chance to win a grand prize!

Thank you to our weekly prize donors: Auntie Anne’s Pretzels; Dallas Children’s Theater; LEGOland; Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus; Benihana; SMU Meadows Museum; Texas Rangers; Chipotle; Nasher Sculpture Center; Dallas Zoo; FC Dallas; Mesquite Rodeo

Thank you to our grand prize donors: Adventure Landing; Al Biernat's Restaurant; AMC North Park 15; American Airlines Center; ASI Gymnastics; Bahama Beach; Billy Bob's Texas; Brinker International; Build-A-Bear Workshop; Casa Manana Theatre; Celebration Restaurant, Catering and Market; Chuy's Restaurant; Creative Arts Center of Dallas; Dallas Arboretum; Dallas Film Society; Dallas Marriot City Center; Dallas Museum of Art; Dallas Stars; Dallas Summer Musicals; Dallas Zoo; Fort Worth Zoo; Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation; HP; James Avery Jewelry; Jumpstreet; Ken's Man's Shop; Learning Express; LOOK Cinemas; Maggiano's Little Italy- North Park; Magic Time Machine; Medieval Times; Mesquite Arena; Neiman Marcus NorthPark; Perot Musuem of Nature and Science; Place at Perrys; Plano Symphony Orchestra; Pocket Sandwich Theatre; Reunion Tower GeO-Deck; Richardson Bike Mart; SeaWorld San Antonio; Six Flags Over Texas; Speedzone Dallas; State Fair of Texas; Terillis Restaurant & Bar; Texas Motor Speedway; The Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas; The Dallas Opera; The Fairmont Dallas; The First Tee of Dallas; Theatre Three; Tootsies; YMCA

In 2013, adults were added to the club. Adults modeling good reading habits is a sure way to encourage children to become lifelong readers!

Participating adult club members will log the books they have read by entering the title and author (or publication) online or at their local branch along with a brief review about what they've read. Two prize drawings for adults will be held during the eight week program. Adults may select which prizes they would like their entries to go toward.

Storytelling, lively performances and interactive kids entertainment will be part of the fun at the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club’s Kick-Off Celebrations Saturday, June 7 at all library branches.

Saturday, June 7, 11 - 1

  • White Rock Hills
  • Renner Frankford
  • Skillman Southwestern
  • Prairie Creek
  • Grauwyler Park
  • Lakewood
  • Martin Luther King
  • Arcadia Park
  • Highland Hills
  • North Oak Cliff
  • Oak Lawn
  • Preston Royal
  • Forest Green
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar Lancaster-Kiest

Saturday, June 7, 2 - 4

  • Skyline
  • Timberglen
  • Audelia Road
  • Pleasant Grove
  • Bachman Lake
  • Lochwood
  • Children’s Center
  • Mountain Creek
  • Polk Wisdom
  • Hampton Illinois
  • Dallas West
  • Park Forest
  • North Park
  • Kleberg Rylie

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Mayor's Summer Reading Club Online Book Drive

During the eight-week program, Mayor’s Summer Reading Club participants have the chance to earn incentive prizes by reporting how many hours they read. Two of the weekly incentive prizes are new books that are provided to youth club members. Your gift will go directly to purchase these books!

This year the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club is looking for groups and organizations to host book drives to collect brand new books. For more information on how to become involved in a book drive please contact Jenny Brumfield at jbrumfield@thereedsprc.com


Carol and Steve Aaron; Judy and Phillip Askew; Emy Lou and Jerry Baldridge; Lucy and Henry Billingsley; Randal Brown; CBRE, Mara and David Deniger; Gina and Scott K. Ginsburg, Boardwalk Auto Group; Al G. Hill, Jr.; Herb Kelleher; Ashlee and Chris Kleinert; Lisa and Peter Kraus; Lincoln Property Company; Sarah and Alan Losinger; Mankoff Family Foundation; Honorable Anita N. Martinez; Alice and Erle Nye; Peter O’Donnell, Jr.; Sam Pack; Margot and Ross Perot; Aileen & Jack Pratt Foundation; Deedie and Rusty Rose; Mrs. Harold Simmons; Gay and Bill Solomon; Mary and Mike Terry; and Shannon S. Wynne.