Video: San Antonio's 2019 Summer Reading Program is Over the Moon

The San Antonio Public Library’s 2019 summer reading program has something special for all ages.

The theme is “Over the Moon,” a tribute to Apollo 11 and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Besides providing incentives to read, the library will host many educational and entertaining children’s activities to keep children healthy, active, and engaged during the summer. Some summer programs include music, drama presented by the Magik Theatre, animals, and story times.

The annual Mayor’s Summer Reading Program promotes literacy. If students and children don't read during the summer, they are at risk for falling behind in literacy skills. To maintain their reading level, children must read at least six books over the summer. To improve their reading skills beyond their grade level, children must read ten or more books.

Watch video of the Summer Reading program launch:

"Any child up to age 12 who reads any eight books that they like this summer will get to choose a brand new book to keep," said Crescencia Huff, Coordinator for Children’s Services. “We are putting books into the hands of children,” she said.

Teen Library Services Coordinator Jennifer Velasquez said the teen summer program at the library is also celebrating its 20th anniversary. In the first week of the 2019 reading program, more than 1,000 teens from San Antonio had already signed up. Teens who read eight books or attend eight teen programs offered by the library will receive a free limited edition T-shirt.

Adults from 19 to 99 who participate in the program will receive a card that will be punched for each book they read, according to Adult Services Coordinator, Haley Holmes. Every hole punch will count as one entry to win a free T-shirt. Adults who earn four punches will score a free book, and adults who earn eight punches will be entered into a raffle to win space-themed grand prizes such as a telescope or a home planetarium.

The adult program will also be offering activities, astronomy clubs, a live webinar which will recreate the Apollo moon landing, and an adults-only, end-of-summer game night on Aug. 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Disclosure: The San Antonio Public Library is an in-kind financial supporter of NOWCastSA. A list of funders and donors can be viewed here.