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The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club

Tuesday, May 30 - Saturday, August 5

Reading is fun, but sometimes you need a little incentive to get started – 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. 

Participating in the Mayor's Summer Reading Club is FREE, and all ages are invited to join in the fun! Keep track of how much you've read using the Beanstack app or online tracker, and earn virtual badges! It's a great way to encourage yourself or start a friendly competition with your family and friends. Plus, there are a ton of fun performances and hands-on activities for all ages planned this summer. We hope to see you at the Library soon!

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How it Works

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1. Register

The Mayor's Summer Reading Club (MSRC) begins on May 30, but you can sign up early, starting May 15 at 10:00 a.m. Registration is quick and easy! If you've participated in MSRC in the past, you will log in to your account and register for this year's MSRC challenge for yourself and any readers in your family. If you're new to MSRC, you will need to create a Beanstack account through the app or your web browser for yourself and add any additional family members as readers. This makes it easy to keep track of all of your family's reading time on one account. Daycares who need assistance signing up can give us a call at 817-427-6818.
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2. Read!

We believe reading activities of any kind should be celebrated. That means magazines, books, comics, audiobooks, and attending story time -- 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 May 30 and August 5, and log them in the Beanstack app or online tracker. If you need help getting started, watch one of our how-to videos to guide you through each of these systems. 

4. Participate in Activities 

Completing different themed activities in Beanstack will award you tickets for our grand prize drawing. For example, attending events, using The Maker Spot, and exploring different reading topics are all activities you can complete in Beanstack.

5. Earn Badges & Rewards

You'll earn virtual badges as you progress through the Mayor's Summer Reading Club. Badges are like digital stickers for your Beanstack account that you get when reaching certain reading milestones and completing activities. Some badges even award you prizes and virtual tickets for the grand prize drawings, which you can learn more about below. 

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Prizes & Grand Prize Drawings

As you earn badges throughout the Mayor's Summer Reading Club, you will be rewarded with different goodies to pick up from the Library and virtual tickets for our grand prize drawings! Rewards include day passes to NRH₂O for children and teens who read 50 hours*, certificates and coupons to local businesses, tote bags for adults, and much more! Adults have their own set of rewards and grand prizes, so be sure to stop by the Library if you see that you've earned something.

When you complete certain activities in Beanstack, you will earn virtual tickets for our various grand prize drawings, with different sets of prizes available for children, tweens/teens, and adults. Winners of the grand prize drawings will be randomly selected after the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club ends. While not everyone will receive a grand prize, there are plenty of other incentives for you to earn along the way! 

Some of this year's grand prizes include:

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Nintendo SwitchLEGO KitsGift Cards

Grand prizes were donated by the Friends of the NRH Library and our generous Mayor’s Summer Reading Club sponsors.
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 5, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. No rewards will be available after this time. 
Winners for the grand prize drawing will be randomly selected after August 5. 

*NRH₂O day passes are only available to children between the ages of 3 and high school seniors for the 2023-2024 school year. Children must be present and have a valid NRH Library card to claim an NRH₂O day pass.

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Special Events for Kids

In addition to our packed calendar of events for all ages, you're invited to join us each Thursday for a special event for children with guest performers at 3:00 PM 
Performances will take place on the 2nd floor of the library unless otherwise noted.

June 8Texas A&M Chemistry Show

June 15
Wild Things Zoofari

June 22Colors of Kindness Magic Show

June 29Wildlife on the Move - The Unhuggables

July 6Ramblin' Rita's Texas Tales

July 13Austin Reptile Show

July 20Percussion Things

July 27Creature Teacher

Upcoming Events for All Ages

  1. Sep 26
  2. Microsoft Excel Basics*

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    Microsoft Excel Basics*
  1. Sep 27
  2. Storytime

    Young children, ages 3 to 6 years, are invited to ...
  3. Cricut Basics*

    Learn the basics of using our new Cricut Maker.
    Cricut Basics*
  1. Sep 28
  2. Microsoft Excel Basics*

    Want to be more marketable in the business world? ...
    Microsoft Excel Basics*
  3. Toddler Time

    Toddlers will be introduced to sounds, letter reco...
    Toddler Time
  4. Literary Lounge

    Join us on literary adventures at our new general ...
    Literary Lounge
  1. Oct 2
  2. Melodies & Motion

    It’s time to get movin' and groovin'! Melodies &am...
    Melodies & Motion
  1. Oct 3
  2. Melodies & Motion

    It's time to get movin' and groovin'! Melodies &am...
    Melodies & Motion
  1. Oct 4
  2. Storytime

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

The Mayor's Summer Reading Club is Sponsored by

Friends of the NRH Library

The Friends of the NRH Library
NRH2O Family Water Park

NRH Fire Department

Andy’s Frozen Custard
Bowlero (Watauga)
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
NRH Police Department
Raising Cane’s (Hurst)
Texas Rangers Baseball Club

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