Summer’s Hottest Reading Program Blasts Off

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Where else can kids, from toddlers to teens, get close to snakes, puppets and science shows — all while getting their summer reading on?

The University Park Library’s summer reading program, “UP with Reading: Aim for the Stars,” beginning Sunday, June 3.

The annual reading marathon is a journey into the world of reading, and great fun for all participants. It comes with prizes, too, for kids who read over the summer, logging from 10 to 50 hours or more.

Activities are scheduled each Wednesday during the program, beginning June 7 — from slithering snake encounters to mad-scientist experiences to interactive stories and jokes. Show hosts include Professor Brainius, the Dallas Arboretum, the Fort Worth Children’s Museum and others.

At the end of the program, the Readers Cup trophy will be awarded to the HPISD school with the most total hours read. The current champion? Robert S. Hyer Elementary.

Registration begins June 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at the University Park Children’s Fishing Derby in Caruth Park, or beginning at 2 p.m. that day at the library itself, in The Plaza at Preston Center.

The summer reading program is sponsored by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information, see

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a luxury brokerage headquartered in North Texas. Its award-winning agents, serving clients from offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Southlake, Lakewood, Uptown, The North and The Ballpark, achieved a record-breaking sales volume of $3.2 billion in 2016. Independently owned and operated by president and CEO Robbie Briggs, the firm specializes in the purchase and sale of significant properties, from historic and contemporary to waterfront, ranch and land. The company’s deep-rooted connections, superior marketing resources and global strategies, as part of the $95 billion Sotheby’s International Realty network, bring the extraordinary to every client.

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