Learning to read is a wonderful thing for a child to accomplish, and the ability to read is something that follows everyone for the remainder of their lives. A vast amount of information in the world is only obtainable by reading so if a child learns to read at a young age and continues to practice their skills and increase their reading levels, they will tend to have more positive experiences throughout their life. They also learn that reading is not a chore, but a fun, pleasurable and relaxing activity. By making books an intregal part of a child’s life, parents have the power to give the child’s learning a boost. Fortunately, there are countless reading and book programs available in the Houston area for children of all ages.
Book Mania Club
Kendall Neighborhood Library
609 N Eldridge Parkway
Houston, TX. 77079
(832) 393-1880

Children between the ages of 9 and 12 years old are invited to join the Kendall Library Book Mania Club. This club will meet once per month at the Kendall Neighborhood Library to read and discuss various age appropriate books. This club is designed to encourage reading comprehension and the developement of social skills through interaction with others who also have a love for books and reading. Children and parents are urged to visit the library to register as the program will begin later in the next month.

Toddler Story Time
McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library
7405 Stella Link
Houston, TX. 77025
(832) 393-2630

Toddler Story Time at the McGovern-Stell Link Neighborhood Library is available for children from eighteen months to four years old, along with their parents or caregivers. This library program is designed to emphasize the developement of children’s motor skills and prepare them for reading success. The program includes a fun storytime along with books, songs and activities that are meant to help increase a child’s ability to learn. Toddler Story Time is open to parents and children on a daily basis from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.

Preschool Story Time
Cy-Fair College Branch Library
9191 Barker-Cypress Road
Cypress, TX. 77433
(281) 290-3210

Preschool-aged children and their parents or caregivers are invited to participate in Preschool Story Time at Cy-Fair College Branch Library every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. for a time of stories, songs, crafts and other fun activities in the Kid’s Corner section of the Library. Space is limited to thirty-five children per session, therefore arriving early is encouraged to ensure entry into the activity. Parents and children may attend one session per day so that everyone has the opportunity to attend and benefit from the reading programs.

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Tween Book Club
Cy-Fair College Branch Library
9191 Barker-Cypress Road
Houston, TX. 77433
(281) 290-3210

Tweens from ages 10 to 12 years old are encouraged and invited to participate in the monthly Tween Book Club at the Cy-Fair College Branch Library. Once per month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. members will be able to meet, read and discuss assigned books. This club is designed to encourage reading comprehension and the developement of social skills through interaction with others who also have a love for books and reading. Those interested are directed to register at the Children’s Library Desk with a parent present.

Bilingual StoryTime
Aldine Branch Library
11331 Airline Drive
Houston, TX. 77037
(281) 445-5560

The Bilingual StoryTime Program at Aldine Branch Library is designed for children of ages 3 to 5 years old, along with parents and caregivers. A combination of stories, songs, fingerplays and other fun activities are included in both English and Spanish. Members of this program meet every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. in the meeting room of the library. No prior registration is required.

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