Adults welcome to ‘Dive into Reading’ this summer

Henderson Libraries’ Summer Reading Program encourages parental involvement with mature component

HENDERSON, Nev.While people typically think of kids’ activities when they hear “Summer Reading Program,” that doesn’t have to be the case. Reading benefits all ages, and Henderson Libraries is making sure adults can have as much fun as the kids during its annual Summer Reading Program.

The Summer Reading Program began June 5 and will continue through Aug. 7 at all six Henderson Libraries locations. Henderson Libraries’ Summer Reading Program invites adults to “Dive into Reading,” a program aimed to encourage the good reading habits in adults.

Although reading benefits all adults, it’s especially encouraged for those who are parents, as research shows parental involvement in children’s academics not only increases achievement but creates the bond of reading between parent and child.

Furthermore, according to Reading is Fundamental, a national nonprofit organization that prepares and motivates children to read, it’s important for parents to bring children to the library often and encourage them to get their own library cards.

Adults as well as children can register to take part in the Summer Reading Program online at or in person at any Henderson Libraries location. Participants read books of their choice, then complete an online form rating the book on a structured scale. Each submission enters the participant into a weekly drawing at each branch. Non-winning entries are carried over to following weeks. Weekly prizes include Henderson Libraries aluminum water bottles and gift certificates for library book sales by the Friends of the Henderson Libraries.

Drawings for grand prizes will be held at the end of the program and include overnight stays at neighboring resorts, show tickets, a Lake Mead cruise, tickets for guided tours of Hoover Dam and gift cards from Starbucks.

Adults also can compete in an online scavenger hunt or participate in one of the summer program’s events, which will count as a drawing entry. “Dive into Reading” features presentations by endurance swimmer Kara Robertson and Gene Bowling, manager of the Bellagio Fountains, as well as workshops with Las Vegas Hula.

A Summer Reading Program wouldn’t be complete without children and teens. Kids ages 11 and younger will take part in the “Make a Splash at Your Library” reading program, while youth ages 12-18 will take part in the “Make Waves” program. Themed activities will be offered for all age groups throughout the summer months.

Established in 1943 as a single library in Downtown Henderson, Henderson Libraries operates six locations throughout Henderson. Henderson Libraries cooperates with other public libraries in Southern Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Clark County School District and all other libraries around the state to provide quality service for Nevada’s residents. 

For more information on Henderson Libraries and its many services and resources, visit the web site at or call 702-492-6581.