Summer reading programs help bridge the gap between school years

HENDERSON, Nev. They say that any writer who wants to get better should read more. As part of Henderson Libraries’ annual Summer Reading Program, urbanologist and author Max Grinnell has partnered with Henderson Libraries to host a writing contest open to anyone with a Henderson library card – ages 12 and up.

Grinnell, who has authored four books and numerous articles, will review and judge each submission before his visit to Henderson Libraries Aug. 22 and 23.

Grinnell will discuss “Making Travel Meaningful” Monday, Aug. 22, at Paseo Verde Library (6-8 p.m.), 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, and Green Valley Library (noon to 2 p.m.), 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Pkwy.

As an urbanologist, geographer, historian, and raconteur, Grinnell finds his raison d’etre in describing, critiquing, and analyzing the urban condition. He will present a tool-box overview of how to make the most out of any trip in terms of documenting one’s travels, planning and more. He will also include stories, examples and anecdotes and share his own lessons learned from his 20 years of experience in his own travels. His talks are all free and open to the public.

Grinnell will announce three winners of the contest at the Gibson Library on Aug. 23.

Writing Contest Rules:

  1. Contestants must use the words “magnesium” and “It’s the place of a thousand thrills” in your piece. [Note: Magnesium was mined heavily in and aroundHendersonstarting in the 1940 for use by theUnited Statesmilitary during World War II. The phrase “It’s the place of a thousand thrills” is a line fromNevada’s official state song “Home Means Nevada”]
  2. Keep your ditty/poem/prose piece to 350 words


Each winner will receive a copy of “The Rough Guide to the USA”  authored by Grinnell and a personal inscription of the winners’ choice. All entries should be submitted online at by Aug. 7 11:59 p.m.

Let the writing begin!

Henderson Libraries’ annual Summer Reading Program offers fun activities, themed programs and incentives for children, teens and adults throughout the summer. In response to participant feedback, this year’s program will last longer than previous years’ summer reading programs. The Summer Reading Program lasts from June 11 through Aug. 27.

All six of Henderson Libraries’ locations are taking part in the Summer Reading Program, which has something to offer for all ages. This year’s theme is “Travel Around the World.” Each age group has a theme as well. Those are: “One World, Many Stories” (children), a geography-themed “You are Here” (teens) and “Novel Destinations” (adult).

Henderson Libraries’ Summer Reading Program will kick off Saturday, June 11, at 9 a.m. at theHendersonEventsPlaza– located at200 S. Water downtownHenderson. The kickoff event will last until 1 p.m. The event will feature free activities including a bounce house, games, community booths and much more. 

At the kickoff, children and adults alike can sign up to take part in Henderson Libraries’ summer reading program.

Established in 1943 as a single library in downtownHenderson, Henderson Libraries now operates six locations throughoutHenderson. Henderson Libraries cooperates with other public libraries in Southern Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education, theClarkCountySchool Districtand around the state to provide quality service forNevada’s residents.

For more information on Henderson Libraries and its many services and resources, visit or call 702-492-6580.