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The Dallas Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge



Signup is now underway for free 10-week challenge that offers prizes and programming aplenty;  kickoff activities begin June 3, signup encouraged throughout the summer


Ready, set, read! With a goal to get the whole family reading more and keeping academic skills sharp, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has kicked off the 2017 Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge. The free 10-week program, June 3-Aug. 12, encourages daily reading of books, newspapers, magazines, audiobooks and e-books. Presented by Epsilon, the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge is a family affair, open to children and adults of all ages. Sign up is underway at any of the 29 Dallas library locations or online at While the Challenge begins June 3, people can sign up anytime through Aug. 12.

Young readers will earn incentive prizes – including books, coupons and passes to local attractions such as the Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas Stars, Dallas Zoo, Nasher Sculpture Center, Chipotle, Medieval Times, SMU Meadows Museum and the Texas Rangers – for every 10 days they read at least 20-minutes. Reading can be reported to any Dallas Public Library or online at

Kids who read at least 50 days by Aug. 12 will be entered to win grand prizes, including an opportunity to have a pancake breakfast with the mayor of Dallas! Other grand-prize drawings include special experiences such as behind-the-scenes access to the penguin exhibit at the Dallas Zoo; Dallas Stars tickets with a post-game meet-and-greet with the team; SMU Women’s Basketball VIP game experience with seats behind the bench, a meet and greet with coaches and players, and a guided tour of the facilities; and pizza maker for the day with Pizza Hut.

FULL STEAM AHEAD. Throughout the summer, activities will be held weekly at Dallas library locations thanks to The Dallas Foundation and the Friends of the Dallas Public Library’s funding of the library’s STEAM initiative (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). The weekly STEAM activities will include making slime, learning binary code, playing with magnets and much more, plus special performers, visits by unusual animals and insects, and musical shows. Interactive programs will be presented by partner organizations such as the Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas Museum of Art, and Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Also, kids can get hands on with 3D printing, robotics, science experiments and other maker activities as part of the Dallas City of Learning Turn Up! Discovery Faire on Saturday, July 15, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (1515 Young St, Dallas).


Epsilon is presenting sponsor. Other sponsors and partners include Albertsons/Tom Thumb; Cigna; Dallas Independent School District; Dallas Mavericks; Friends of the Dallas Public Library; Hilltop Securities; The Dallas Foundation; and SMU.
For details, go to or call 214-670-1671.


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