Studies show that reading during summer months prevents “summer reading loss.” Children who "lose" reading skills over the summer stay behind their classmates in the fall because the children who read over the summer do not stop improving their skills. By middle school, children who lose reading skills over the summer are up to two years behind their peers.  Participation in a summer reading program is just the thing to hone those skills and develop a lifelong love of reading.

Obviously, summer reading is vital to healthy reading skills, but there is no reason for it to be boring!  TCL is offering a host of activities this summer that promise to make Summer Reading 2018 the most exciting year ever! 

Tarkington ISD students are encouraged to keep summer reading logs. and students that meet their goals are rewarded with a water party in the fall.  TCl partners with Tarkington ISD to make this goal an easy mark.  We have a variety of "level readers" as well as traditional library books that count toward summer reading goals.  Together we can make a better future for our children by helping them develop the skills they will need to be successful adults.

Summer Reading Schedule


2nd @ 10am

Pet Adoption Drive

TCL is partnering with Rural Dog Rescue, Inc. to help these fur babies find a forever home!

9th @ 10am


TCL proudly hosts Chance the Police Dog. Chance is going to show us all what it is like to be a police dog with fun, tricks, and demonstrations.

16th @ 10am

Drama, Drama, Drama

Join us for a presentation of The Little Mermaid by the Longhorn Summer Theatre Camp

23rd @ 10am

Smokey Bear

Because only you can prevent wildfires, Smokey Bear will be visiting TCL to talk about fires and how not to cause them! Come out and take a selfie with our favorite park ranger bear!

30th @10am

Pizza Water Party

There will be pizza; there will be sprinklers - Just not in the same place at the same time! Celebrate a month of summer reading with us, eat some pizza, and don't forget the sunblock!


7th @ 10am


Did you know that all snakes are carnivorous? The Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge is coming to the library and they are bringing some scaly friends! Join us to learn all about snakes in a safe environment.

14th @ 10am 

Make Your Mark!

Join us for arts and crafts and get your PAWS on the most fun you can have (with paint and glitter anyway)!

21st @ 10am


TCL is working with the Houston Zoo to bring one of their traveling exhibits to the library. There will be fun, friends, and (of course!) animals!

28th @ 10am

Movie Day @ the Library

You bring the pillows; we'll bring the popcorn!