Tails & Tales

The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club

Tuesday, June 1 - Saturday, August 7

Reading is fun, but sometimes you just need a little incentive – that’s where we come in! The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club (MSRC) is a self-paced reading program that encourages reading throughout the summer. Research shows that two months of reading and math skills are lost over a single summer, but reading just six books during the summer may keep a student from falling behind in the next school year. 

MSRC is a FREE program for all ages to participate in. Just keep track of how much you’ve read using our online tracker, and earn virtual badges in the process! It’s a great way to encourage yourself or start a friendly competition with your family and friends. Plus, we have a ton of FREE performances and activities for families all summer long  – whether they are virtual or in-person! 

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How it Works

1. Register

Pre-registration opens on May 24 at 9:00 a.m. Registration is easy. First, register yourself, and then add any additional family members (children and adults) as readers. This makes it easy to keep track of all of your family’s reading time on one account. Groups & daycares should choose the "register a group" option.

2. Read!

We believe reading activities of any kind should be celebrated. That means attending storytime, reading magazines, comics, books, audiobooks-- it all counts! The important thing is to have fun while doing it. 

3. Track & Log

Keep track of how many minutes you spend reading between June 1 and August 7, and log them in our online or app trackers. If you need help getting started, we’ve created some short videos to guide you through each of these systems. 

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4. Participate in Activities 

A new feature for this year's Mayor's Summer Reading Club is activity tracking. Completing various activities in our Beanstack app will enter you into one of our grand prize drawings!

5. Earn Badges & Rewards

As you log your reading time, you’ll earn virtual badges to display on your reading page! Once you reach certain milestones, you’ll be alerted that you’ve won a prize bundle-- hooray! Along with this notice, you’ll receive instructions on when to pick up your rewards. 

Prizes & Incentives


Earn badges and rewards for logging how much time you spend reading this summer! Log your hours using our online tracker or using the Beanstack app to earn badges. Once you’ve earned a badge that has a prize associated with it, you’ll be notified via a pop-up and email. 

Additionally, this year, when you complete certain activities in Beanstack, you will earn virtual tickets for our grand prize drawings!* You'll use your virtual tickets in Beanstack to select which prize drawings you'd like to participate in. You can put all of your virtual tickets towards one prize, or put a few tickets in each prize pool for a chance to win prizes like...

Apple iPadNintendo Switch*Razor Scooter
Barnes and Noble Gift CardsApple AirPodsDinner for Two at a Local Restaurant

Prizes are sponsored by the Friends of the North Richland Hills Library. All prizes are available while supplies last and may not be sold, traded, or otherwise used by participants for financial gain. 
Prizes must be collected by Saturday, August 7, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. No prizes will be available after this time.

*Grand prize drawings will be held in the following categories: children, tween/teen, and adult. Completing activities and submitting tickets does not guarantee a prize. Nintendo Switch is only available to teens & tweens (grades 6-12).


Special Events & Performances

In addition to our packed calendar of events for all ages, you're invited to join us each Thursday for a special event with guest performers at 2:00 p.m.
Performances will take place on the 2nd floor of the library unless otherwise noted.

June 3Dinosaur George Online*

June 10Austin Reptile Show Online*

June 17Ramblin' Rita's Texas Tales Puppet Show

June 24Critterman

July 1Tracy Dulock and Gryffindor the Trick Dog

July 8Sandy Shrout Puppet Show

July 15Wildlife on the Move

July 22Brett Roberts Magic Show

August 5Dinosaur George 

*Online events may be accessed from home, or you can join us for a live streaming event in the Library's community room. 

Any events not listed as online will be live and in-person at the Library.

More Upcoming Events for All Ages

  1. Jan 21
  2. 3D Printing Basics* 2:00 pm

    Learn the basics of 3D printing on our PolyPrinter...
    Read On
  1. Jan 22
  2. Pinterest Party: Wood Photo Coaster* 11:00 a.m.

    Join us for an hour of crafting for adults with ou...
    Read On
  1. Jan 26
  2. Storytime 10:30 a.m.

    Young children, ages 3 to 6 years, are invited to ...
    Read On
  3. Make-it/Take-it Craft 4:00 p.m.

    Drop by the Library for a fun craft for ages 3 and...
    Read On
  1. Jan 31
  2. Toddler Time 11:30 a.m.

    This 30-minute interactive program for Toddlers (1...
    Read On
  3. Long-Arm Quilting Basics* 2:00 p.m.

    Learn the basics of quilting on our Janome Artisti...
    Read On
  4. Computer Basics* 5:30 p.m.

    Learn the basics of using a computer and practice ...
    Read On
  1. Feb 1
  2. Chess Club 4:00 p.m.

    Chess enthusiasts and curious beginners ages 7-18 ...
    Read On
  1. Feb 2
  2. Computer Basics* 10:00 a.m.

    Learn the basics of using a computer and practice ...
    Read On
  3. Storytime 10:30 a.m.

    Young children, ages 3 to 6 years, are invited to ...
    Read On

The Mayor's Summer Reading Club is Sponsored by

Friends of the NRH Library

Friends of the NRH Library

NRH₂O Family Water Park

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, NRH

Alley Cats, Hurst

Chick-fil-A, Rufe Snow

Chipotle Mexican Grill, NRH

LEGOLAND Discovery Center DFW 

SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium

Raising Cane's, Hurst

Rosa's Cafe, Hurst

Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.


Information on Past Mayor’s Summer Reading Clubs - End of Summer Reports