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Find information on 2020's Summer Reading Club at your library so you can get a feel for the types of activities hosted. These pages will be updated in the Spring of 2021 to reflect 2021's summer activities.

VIRTUAL CLUB @ YOUR LIBRARY

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Choose a Club Below to Learn More & View Programming

  1. Kids' Club
  2. Teen Club
  3. Adult Club

Boy Jumping 2Designed for Youth Up to Age 12

  • Starting June 15, stop by any branch library to pick up your reading packet. They’ll be available through the end of the reading club.
  • Read or listen to 10 books and record them on your Summer Reading Log. Return your completed forms to any library by August 8 for a chance to win some end of summer prizes.
    • Feel free to also submit your reading log online by completing our Online Reading Log Form.
  • Don’t forget to participate in activities offered in our Virtual Club

Summer Events to Attend @ Your Library

  • Below you will find a listing of activities for youth to participate in at your library. Remember, due to COVID-19, we are adjusting many of the activities we’ve traditionally hosted in the past in order to continue to follow guidelines set by the state and city.

Storytime Schedule Starting July

LocationMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067


11:00AM | Toddler Time
(Ages 2-3)
11:00AM | Mother Goose on the Loose (Ages 0-3)
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
11:15AM | Preschool Storytime
(Ages 3-6)
11:15AM | Toddler Time
(Ages 2-3)



WEEKLY YOUTH ACTIVITIES
June 15 - August 8 | All Day
All Locations | PH: 325-698-7565
Each week during our Summer Reading Club, kids of all ages are invited to participate in our weekly activities. Each week will feature a different activity - Scavenger Hunts, Seek & Finds, Coloring Pages, etc. Simply collect the week’s activity page, complete it, and return it for entry into our prize drawings at the end of summer!
FAIRY TALE ART CONTEST FOR ALL AGES
June 15 - July 31 | 
Click Here for Details
All Locations | PH: 325-698-7565
Enter your original artwork, based on a pre-existing fairy tale from any culture, during this summer contest.  Artwork submissions will be accepted from June 15 to July 31.  Entries will need to be delivered to the library or emailed to Marianne.Vadney@abilenetx.gov.  Categories will be available for youth, teens, and adults.
FAIRY TALE REBOOT WRITING CONTEST FOR ALL AGES
June 15 - July 31 | Click Here for Details
All Locations | PH: 325-698-7565
Enter your original writing presented as a re-telling of a classic fairy tale in your own way. Writing submissions will be accepted from June 15 to July 31.  Entries will need to be delivered to the library or emailed to Marianne.Vadney@abilenetx.gov.  Categories will be available for youth, teens, and adults.
WORLD GIRAFFE DAY
Saturday, June 20 at 1:30PM & 3:00PM | All Ages
Abilene Zoo | PH: 325-698-7565
Join your library crew at the Abilene Zoo as we help them celebrate World Giraffe Day.  We’ll be out in the Pavilion to read some great stories about the tallest animal at the zoo. Plus, we’ll be on hand to tell you all about the Summer Reading Club too. Come out and see us for some family fun!
COLORING CLUB FOR ALL AGES
Wednesday, July 1 & 15 at 11:00AM | Limit 35 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
If you’re in need of a little stress relief and relaxation, we invite you to be a part of the Coloring Club.  Coloring is a great activity for all ages and there are many benefits that come from taking some time to express yourself through art.  We’ll supply the coloring sheets, coloring tools, and a selection of hot beverages.
SUPER STORYTIME: THE THREE BEARS
Wednesday, July 1 at 2:00PM | All Ages | Limit 30 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Kids are invited to join your library for some fairy tale fun.  There are many beloved stories out there and each week we will feature one of those stories.  This week we’ll cove the classic tale of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”   Come out to hear the traditional story as well as fun retellings, then go on us with a bear hunt and making bear crafts.
TWEEN & TEEN TAKE & MAKE: PAPERCRAFTS
Thursday, July 2 & 16, All Day | Ages 8+
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
There are papercrafts for almost every character imaginable and all you need to make them is some tape, a glue stick, and the pattern of your choice.  Stop by to pick up some amazing papercraft templates to take home and construct your own 3D creations.  Available throughout the day, while supplies last.
ROYAL GEAR
Thursday, July 2, 9, 16, at 3:00PM | All Ages
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Youth will become royalty during our Royal Gear sessions at your library.  We’ve seen them in countless fairy tales and movies, so we all know that the wardrobe of a prince or princess isn’t complete without their head gear.  Join us in making some stylish crowns and other royalty wear.
MY FAIRY GARDEN
Friday, July 3, 10, 17 & 24 at 4:00PM | All Ages
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Do you have a fairy garden?  It’s certainly a must have during our fairy tale themed Summer Reading Club.  Youth are invited out every week and staff will supply you with the materials needed to start your own fairy garden.  Each session will feature a new whimsical piece of art to add to your gardens, all materials supplied.
FAMILY FLIX: "CINDERELLA" (PG)
Saturday, July 4 at 11:15AM | All Ages | Limit 35 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Join us for a free showing of the 2015 live-action remake of “Cinderella.”  In this film, when her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming stepsisters.  Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.  1 hour and 45 minutes.
FAIRY TALE STEAM FOR KIDS
Sunday, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, All Day | All Ages
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Kids of all ages are invited out for STEAM fun.  Each project we do will be related to fairy tales including Cinderella, Brave, Beauty and the Beast, The Three Little Pigs, and Rapunzel.  Each week will feature a different fairy tale and fun things to do so drop in and check it out.
FAMILY FUN: KNIGHTS
Monday, July 6 at 4:00PM | All Ages | Limit 30 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Attend an afternoon storytime where the theme will be all about Knights where we’ll share stories, games, crafts, and more that will feature these medieval warriors.  Don’t miss out on the enhanced storytime fun to be had, and we’ll supply all materials for the craft project too.
ZOO LADY VISIT
Tuesday, July 7 at 3:00PM | All Ages | Limit 50 Guests
Main Library | PH: 325-676-6067
If you have a child that loves animals, you won’t want to miss our summer visit from the Joy Harsh (aka the Zoo Lady) and her animal ambassadors from the Abilene Zoo.  This popular program allows youth to learn about animals that live at the zoo, but you can get up close and personal with some of them too at the end of the program.
SUPER STORYTIME: HUMPTY DUMPTY
Wednesday, July 8 at 2:00PM | All Ages | Limit 30 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Kids are invited to join your library for some fairy tale fun.  There are many beloved stories out there and each week we will feature themes from those stories.  This week the featured tale will be that of Humpty Dumpty and his great fall from the wall.  Come out and be introduced to fun puppets, hear great stories about this tale, and make a fun craft too.
TWEEN TIME: CREATE!
Wednesday, July 8, 22, August 5 at 4:00PM | Ages 8-14 | Limit 30 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Tweens are invited out for some fun making creative crafts at your library.  Join us this summer on Wednesday afternoons this month as we CREATE!  Each session will feature crafting with perler beads.  We’ll be creating some fun and colorful creations in a craft that will require handling small beads and using irons.
TWEEN & TEEN TAKE & MAKE: HARRY POTTER HERBOLOGY
Thursday, July 9, All Day | Ages 8+
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, don’t miss this activity at your library.  Did you know there are many plants that are for more than just eating?  Some relieve stress, others help with nausea, and more!  Come by and pick up your own Herbology starter kit, while supplies last. Never fear, we made sure not to include any mandrakes.
TAKE & MAKE: IMAGINE YOUR STORY WATERCOLOR SHEETS
Friday, July 10 at 2:30PM | All Ages
Main Library | PH: 325-676-6067
Come see the Library Fairy to receive a fun take home activity.  It’s an amazing fantasy scene that you can bring to life by painting it.  You’ll just need to add water to the paint pigment on the paper using a paintbrush or Q-tip.  Coloring sheets will be available throughout the afternoon, while supplies last.
FAMILY FLIX: "BRAVE" (PG)
Saturday, July 11 at 11:15AM | All Ages | Limit 35 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Join us for a free showing of an animated Disney flick with 2012’s "Brave."  In this film, determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom.  Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.  1 hour and 33 minutes.
SATURDAY MATINEE: "SONIC THE HEDGEHOG" (PG)
Saturday, July 11 at 2:30PM | All Ages | Limit 35 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Drop in for a movie showing of a popular family film combining animation with live-action fun in 2020’s "Sonic the Hedgehog.”  In this film, after discovering a blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help him defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on him. 1 hour and 39 minutes.
IMAGINATION LAB: SNAP CIRCUITS
Monday, July 13 at 3:30PM & 4:30PM | Ages 8+ | Limit 10 Guests Per Session
Main Library | PH: 325-676-6067
If you’re at least 8-years-old, and love tinkering with techie things, join us for an afternoon of playing with Snap Circuits.  These can be used to create electronic projects such as a light with a switch or dimmer by snapping different pieces together.  No skills necessary and all materials will be supplied.  Register Online.
H-E-BUDDY BOOK EVENT
Tuesday, July 14 at 2:00PM | All Ages
Main Library | PH: 325-676-6067
H-E-B is partnering with the library to give out copies of the book, The Nuff, to families during the Summer Reading Club. One book per family. The book features a unicorn with a great message about how you’re enough just as you are. Come here the story, dress in costume, take photos with Buddy, participate in a treasure hunt, and more!
SUPER STORYTIME: DRAGONS
Wednesday, July 15 at 2:00PM | All Ages | Limit 30 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Kids are invited to join your library for some fairy tale fun.  There are many beloved stories out there and each week we will feature themes from those stories.  This week we’ll be talking about Dragons!  Come out and be introduced to fun puppets, hear great stories and then create a great dragon craft of your own.
FAMILY FLIX: "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" (PG)
Saturday, July 18 at 11:15AM | All Ages | Limit 35 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Join us for a great showing of a live-action Disney movie with 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast.”  In this film, a selfish prince is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life, unless he learns to fall in love with a beautiful young woman he keeps prisoner.  2 hours and 9 minutes.
ABILENE KENNEL CLUB
Tuesday, July 21 at 3:00PM | All Ages | Limit 50 Guests
Main Library | PH: 325-676-6067
Members from the Abilene Kennel Club, and their four-legged companions, will be on hand to let their canine pals show off some cool tricks as well as demonstrate some obedience techniques.  You’ll also get to meet some friendly registered therapy dogs, and learn about the incredible services they have to offer the community too.
SUPER STORYTIME: RED RIDING HOOD
Wednesday, July 22 at 2:00PM | All Ages | Limit 30 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Kids are invited to join your library for some fairy tale fun.  There are many beloved stories out there and each week we will feature one of those stories.  This week we’ll be covering the well-known story of Little Red Riding Hood and her adventure to just go and see her grandmother.  Join us for puppets, great stories, and a cute craft.
TWEEN & TEEN TAKE & MAKE: HIT OR MYTH DIY ARCHERY
Thursday, July 23, All Day | Ages 8+
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Robin Hood, Katniss Everdeen, Darryl Dixon, and Legolas.  What do they all have in common?  ARCHERY!  There are many great tales that feature amazing archers and you’re invited to stop by the library on this day to pick up your own Take & Make DIY archery kit to fashion your own mini bow and projectiles.
ZOO LADY VISIT
Thursday, July 23 at 3:00PM | All Ages | Limit 35 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
If you have a child that loves animals, you won’t want to miss our summer visit from the Joy Harsh (aka the Zoo Lady) and her animal ambassadors from the Abilene Zoo.  This popular program allows youth to learn about animals that live at the zoo, but you can get up close and personal with some of them too at the end of the program.
TAKE & MAKE: CASTLE COLORING PAGE
Friday July 24 at 2:30PM | All Ages
Main Library | PH: 325-676-6067
Kids are invited to come see the Library Fairy to grab another fun take home activity!  It’s an amazing Fantasy Castle scene that you can bring to life with markers, crayons, or colored pencils.  Then give it a little more flair by adding stickers and glitter to it if you want.  Coloring sheets will be available while supplies last.
FAMILY FLIX: "MOANA" (PG)
Saturday, July 25 at 11:15AM | All Ages | Limit 35 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Drop in for a great Disney movie at your library as we’ll be showing 2016’s animated hit "Moana."  In this film, in ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.  1 hour and 47 minutes.
IMAGINATION LAB: OZOBOTS
Monday, July 27 at 3:30PM & 4:30PM | Ages 8+ | Limit 10 Guests Per Session
Main Library | PH: 325-676-6067
If you’re at least 8-years-old, and love tinkering with techie things, join us for an afternoon of playing with Ozobots.  These can be used to command robots to do fun tricks by coding with markers and pieces of paper.  No skills necessary and all materials will be supplied.  Register Online.
SUPER STORYTIME: MERMAIDS
Wednesday, July 29 at 2:00PM | All Ages | Limit 30 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
The whole family is invited out for a morning of Super Storytime fun at your library as we gear up to host a fun event.  The theme for this month will be the mystical Mermaids of the sea.  Join us for a great morning of stories featuring mermaids and more fun activities including making your own mermaid tails.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need.
FAIRY TALE PUPPET THEATRE
Friday, July 31 at 11:30AM & 3:00PM | All Ages | Limit 35 Guests Per Session
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Join your South Branch Library troupe for our annual puppet show.  Kids of all ages will delight in a host of fun fairy tale stories brought to life by the library’s puppeteers.  Two sessions will be offered and you may feel free to attend either the morning or afternoon session as both will be the same show.
SATURDAY MATINEE: "TANGLED" (PG)
Saturday, August 1 at 11:15AM | All Ages | Limit 35 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Don’t miss your last Disney movie showing for the reading club season as we’ll be showing 2010’s "Tangled."  In this film, the magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a time runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.  1 hour and 40 minutes.
ONCE UPON A STORYTIME
Sunday, August 2 at 3:00PM | All Ages | Limit 30 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Join us for another magical event as we welcome in a new guest!  Our special princess guest will be none other than Cinderella herself.  Come dressed as your favorite princess or prince, or character, and enjoy an afternoon of fun at this majestic activity.  Picture opportunities and a meet and greet will be offered as well.  
FAMILY FUN: UNICORNS
Monday, August 3 at 4:00PM | All Ages | Limit 30 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
The whole family is invited to a magical storytime where the theme for this month will be all about Unicorns.  Come enjoy stories, games, crafts, and more that feature this magical horned horse, and we’ll supply all the materials you’ll need for the craft too.  Don’t miss out on the enhanced storytime fun.
SUPER STORYTIME: THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF
Wednesday, August 5 at 2:00PM | All Ages | Limit 30 Guests
South Branch Library | PH: 325-698-7565
Kids are invited to join your library for some fairy tale fun.  There are many beloved stories out there and each week we will feature a theme in that magical world.  This week we’ll be covering the wonderful story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff.  We’ll have stories, activities, and crafts, so come on out.
SUPER STORYTIME: GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS
Friday, August 7 at 11:00AM | All Ages | Limit 25 Guests
Main Library | PH: 325-676-6067
Gear up for a wonderful storytime session featuring a well known tale with "Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”  As we all know, the curious little girl stirs up a lot of trouble at the three bear’s house and you’ll find out what she did at this event.  Come listen to  great stories and sing some songs.  Finally we’ll have a cute Bear Mask craft to make.

Frequently Asked Questions

 If you have further questions not covered below, contact us at 325-677-2474.

1. Do I need to have a library card to participate? 
No one needs a library card to participate in any of our programming; however, we certainly encourage everyone to get a library card if you don’t already have one.
2. My child is going into the fifth grade.  Which is the club to join? 
If entering the fifth grade at the start of the upcoming fall semester, he/she will be a part of the Kids’ Reading Club. If entering into the sixth grade, he/she will participate in the Teen Reading Club. 
3. Do you only count books I checkout from the library for the reading club? 
No; you may also count any books, eBooks, or audiobooks you’ve read from the library, from your personal library, borrowed from a friend, purchased, etc. As long as they are read between reading club dates, they will count towards the library’s summer reading clubs.
4. What does it cost to participate? 
Nothing. All summer reading clubs and programming is offered 100% free. It’s one of the best sources of summer entertainment library staff is excited to offer the community each year.
5. Where is your Young Audience schedule this year?
Due to the logistics of COVID-19, the summer Young Audiences performances have been cancelled this year as there may still be limit to the number of people that may attend or due to social distancing.
6. What does virtual programming mean and how do I participate?
Virtual programming refers to activities and programming conducted by the library which can be done on a computer with Internet-access. We will offer programming for all ages, with instructions provided on how to participate in each. As we progress into the later part of the reading club, we will incorporate traditional library programming.