Summer Reading

Summer Reading time is here! This year things will look different from years past. We are honoring social distancing guidelines and offering remote opportunities for reading and learning. Participants can log books read over the summer months as before, with our downloadable reading logs for kids and teens. These completed logs can redeemed for prizes. We will provide online programs with our talented youth librarians and community partners.

*Please note that Bessie K. Russell is no longer open as they prepare to open the North Huntsville Library this fall. Cavalry Hill Branch Library is also closed due to limited access to the building at this time.

BookMobile Tour

Every Tuesday at the Cavalry Hill Branch Library, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 10: Riverton Elementary (with Madison County Schools) from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 17: Owens Cross Roads Elementary from 12:00 p.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 23: Discovery Middle School from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 30: Fellowship of Faith Church in North Huntsville, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15: Brahan Spring Splash Pad (with Huntsville City Schools Summer Lunch Program): 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

More dates and locations coming soon!

Pop-Up Storytime in the Park

Storytime begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts for approximately 30 minutes

Thursday, July 2: Dublin Park

Tuesday, July 7: Showers Center Park

Thursday, July 9: Palmer Park

Tuesday, July 14: Fern Bell Park

Thursday, July 16: Indian Creek Park

Tuesday, July 21: Everybody Can Play Park

Thursday, July 23: Billy Hunter Park in Hazel Green (at the playground)

Tuesday, July 28: Optimist Park (under the pavilion)

Thursday, July 30: Phillips Park in Monrovia (under the pavilion)

More dates and locations coming soon!

Take and Make Crafts

In lieu of programming, we are offering take and make themed craft bags. You can visit your branch each week for a new craft (one per child and a maximum of 5 per family). Click here for the craft schedule for Prek-2nd grade and for 3rd-5th grade.

You can reserve a craft bag using our online form.

Book Trackers

2020 Summer Reading Printable Book Tracker for Kids 11yrs and under

2020 Summer Reading Printable Book Tracker for Teens 12yrs and older

You can submit completed reading logs to  by July 17, 2020 for a chance to win prizes. 

Virtual Programming Schedule

All of our virtual programming will be available on HMCPL's Youtube Channel


Required Summer Reading for each area school system.

A resource for summer reading titles is SYNC, a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Audiobooks use the OverDrive app. Here is the link:

2019 Summer Reading Stats:


    2019 Children's Summer Reading

    • Program Attendance: 40,223
    • Number of Children's Programs Offered: 794
    • Total Number of Children's Books Read: 231,569



    2019 Teen Summer Reading

    • Program Attendance: 1,136
    • Number of Teen Programs: 125
    • Total Number of Teen Books Read: 25,078

    With support from donors, the library held its end of the summer party at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, featuring games, simulations, crafts, and free books! Over 1,200 were in attendance for this free concert and community event, which also included each child receiving a free book through our Scholastic FACE partnership.

    2020 Sponsors

    Our 2020 summer reading program is made possible through a generous donation from:


    Without financial assistance from organizations like these, we would not be able to support such a fun and robust Summer Reading program. If you are interested in supporting Summer Reading, please contact Outreach Manager Mandy Pinyan at or make a donation at (be sure to designate your contribution to Summer Reading).