Summer in my house is full of ice cream runs, messy watermelon slices, staying up late, and the local summer reading program at the library. Last year, during the pandemic, we did manage to still participate, but in a very different way. We picked up Make and Take art projects, watched virtual magic shows and dance performances, and put books on hold for contact-free pickup. We were able to participate in online activities at our local city library but also San Antonio Public Library.
This summer, we are still going to miss complete in-person interactions with our wonderful librarians, fellow library patrons, and programming but we are thankful for how our local libraries have stepped up to make so much still possible for library patrons of all ages. These new types of library activities, although different, still provide us with fun and learning through the summer. This summer look for a hybrid style of virtual and in-person activities at most area libraries.
San Antonio Public Library
This year will be a combination of brisk browsing, contact-free pickup, and virtual programming. Just recently, patrons have been allowed into the library to browse and check out materials. Yay! Although study rooms and seating is not open, this is a nice back-to-normal step that I think we all welcome. There is limited capacity and computer use must be reserved ahead of time. The theme for this year’s children reading program is Summer Bucket. Children can record books read, programming attended, and other summer activities and any summer activity on their “bucket” to get a certificate and completion package. The programming will be done virtually through the SAPL YouTube Channel. The lineup is almost complete with performances from the Magik Theatre to writing workshops to puppeteering.
The teen summer reading program is still a work in progress but the adult Chancla Goals for your Soles program is up! Adults can visit any library branch to sign up and pick up a goal tracker. There are a few goodies for adults who participate as well.
For additional updates and information, check out SAPL Summer Reading site.
Converse Public Library
This year’s theme is Tails and Tales. Children will be given a reading log while tweens, teens, and adults will get a bookmark to track their summer reading. There will be a variety of drawings for prizes, with a hybrid approach to their programming. There should be some virtual programs and a few in-person as well. Stay updated by checking their website.
Patrick Heath Public Library Boerne
This library always has some unique programming so stay tuned for their summer reading program. There’s some nice programming for teens and adults as well!
Leon Valley Public Library
Leon Valley Public Library has online Storytime for the littlest guys and usually a pick up craft afterwards. There is also an Adventure Club for older children. The make and take activities have various themes that are unique and fun. They have created a separate Facebook page that is specific to their online events. Their Summer Reading Program virtual programming will be shown on that Facebook page. Kick off will be June 5th.
Garden Ridge Public Library
This small community center has children and adult programming. They are fully open with in-person Storytime for children. For school-age children, there is Lego Robotics (through May 11), Scratch coding, and more. Adult programming, also in-person, ranges from knitting to game nights. Their Summer Reading Program kicks off on Thursday, June 3rd. There will be a virtual reading log and every Thursday there will be a special event. They do provide curbside pick up if requested.
Universal City Public Library
This library is just transitioning to being open regular hours. They do provide curbside service Tuesday through Friday. Each Thursday they’ve been having Patio Book Club where there are book discussions and crafts for patrons. This will continue through the summer, weather permitting. The Summer Reading Program will have in-person programming that will be held outdoors.
New Braunfels Public Library
The New Braunfels Public Library has limited hours for browsing. Curbside pickup is available and there are Take and Make Kits that can be picked up. Family Storytime has been on Zoom but this summer this will be moved to outside at Fischer Park. Sounds great to me! Since there is a splash pad and other fun park amenities, Storytime attendees can enjoy the park after the library event. This summer the Writing Club for teens will continue, and tweens can join a Video Game Club. Programming for the Summer Reading Programming will be mostly virtual, but stay tuned for additional activities as events are added to the summer calendar. The focus will be on the littlest patrons and school-age children. Kick off is June 3rd but online registration will be a few weeks in advance of that.
Schertz Public Library
The Summer Reading program theme is also Tales and Tails at this city library. Children, teens, and adults can all participate.While this library has limited hours and provides curbside service, the Summer Reading program is ready to go! Experience cards can be filled out and there is a raffle drawing where readers can win prizes. Science kits for children are already listed through July. There will be virtual programming for all. Take and Make crafts are also being added for the summer. Updated information and additional programming is being added on their website.
Joint Base San Antonio Libraries
If you are military affiliated and have base privileges, the JBSA Libraries have tons to offer. While there is a library at each base in San Antonio, they all follow the same safety procedures. Currently, libraries are open for computer use but not for browsing. They do have Curbside Kiddie Crafts for preschoolers that can be picked up weekly. There are also Take Home Kits that are for children through adults that range from STEM to hobby kits and everything in between. Check their websites for updates on their Summer Reading Program.
Whatever public library is close to you, I hope you go out and enjoy it this summer. Each of these libraries has plenty of fun for your whole family, even if it is in a hybrid format. You won’t regret it!