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Posted on: May 30, 2022

Libraries Kick-off Summer Reading Program, Library Lunches

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Midland County Public Libraries (MCPL) will kick-off two of its annual summer programs in June. The Summer Reading Program Kick-off event - 10am to 12pm Saturday, June 4 at the Library at the Plaza (Downtown Library) - will feature games, activities, and crafts with community partners. The Library Lunches program will begin Monday, June 6 from noon to 1 pm every weekday at the Downtown Library.

Summer Reading Program

MCPL invites all readers to participate in the Summer Reading Program this year, themed “Oceans of Possibilities.” Performances and special programs include a demonstration with animals native to the area by Lubbock-based Science Spectrum and a concert with New Mexico Music Award nominee and children’s musician Andy Mason. Other performers include children’s singer and songwriter Will Parker, entertainer Harlin the Magician, and puppeteer Nancy Burks Worcester. Chevron Midland Women’s Employee Network will also provide weekly STEAM activities related to the Summer Reading Program in July. Visitors of all ages can expect to find regular activities throughout the summer. For a full calendar of events, visit the library’s website or follow @tallcitylibraries on social media.

MCPL now uses the online platform Reader Zone to track its Summer Reading Program. Beginning May 30, participants can download the app, create an account, and join MCPL’s club to track their goals and log points for time spent reading. The program officially begins on June 4. Participants may visit either library location throughout the summer for help registering or logging points online.

Readers are categorized into four groups: early learners (0-5), children (6-12), teens (13-17), and adults (18 and up). Readers in each category who reach reading milestones will receive various prizes, and readers who complete the program will receive a ticket to be entered into drawings to win a grand prize. Participants in the program must complete the reading goals by July 16 to be eligible for the grand prizes. Winners in each category will be drawn at the End of Summer Party on July 23 at Centennial Park. 

The MCPL Summer Reading Program is made possible through support from the Midland County Public Library Foundation and Midland Friends of Libraries and Literacy.

Library Lunches

Midland County Public Libraries again partners with West Texas Food Bank to provide free summer meals for youth 18 and younger at the Downtown Library. The meal program will take place from noon to 1pm, Monday through Friday, from June 6 through July 29. Lunches will be available in the children’s department and must be consumed on-site. No registration is required, but youth participants must be present to receive a meal. Meals are available while supplies last each day.

Library Lunches aims to encourage summer reading, lifelong literacy, and learning. In addition to lunches, families are invited to participate in various library activities before and after lunches, including Wednesday crafts and Friday movies.

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Midland County Public Libraries (MCPL) is a department of Midland County consisting of the Downtown Library, Centennial Library, Law Library and Bookmobile. Visit the library’s website at www.co.midland.tx.us/150/Public-Libraries and follow @tallcitylibraries on social media. The Downtown Library is located at 301 W. Missouri Ave., Midland, TX 79701. Centennial Library is located at 2503 W. Loop 250 N. The libraries are open 10am to 7pm Monday through Saturday. 

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