Reading program is more important than ever this year, as CCSD no longer offers year-round schooling

HENDERSON, Nev. – Henderson Libraries’ summer reading program will kick off Saturday, June 11, at 9 a.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza – located at 200 S. Water St. in downtown Henderson. 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. 

The theme for this year’s kickoff is “Multiculturalism.” The library is looking for groups or businesses who would like to host a booth at the event.  There is no cost to host a booth. Groups representing a unique heritage or culture are especially encouraged to take part.

At the kickoff, children and adults alike can sign up to take part in Henderson Libraries’ summer reading program, which will allow participants to earn prizes as they read throughout the summer. For children in Clark County, summer reading programs are more important than ever this year, as the Clark County School District is no longer offering year-round schooling.

“Summer reading programs are typically associated with kids, but, in fact, they offer a fun way for people of all ages to keep busy during the summer months,” said Tom Fay, executive director for the Henderson Libraries. “We encourage everyone to attend our kickoff event to have a good time and see what our Summer Reading Program has to offer.”

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).

While reading is rewarding all year long, children who participate in the summer reading program will receive prizes after reading for five, 10, 15 and 20 hours.

Teens who read for two hours each week will be entered into a weekly prize drawing. After teens read for 20 total hours, they will receive a book.

After registering online or in person at any of Henderson Libraries’ six locations, adults 18 and older can read and keep track of their progress online.   This year adults will record the time they spend reading, rather than the number of books they’ve read.  Any reading counts – reading traditional books as well as ebooks, listening to audiobooks, and even reading to your children.  Each submission enters the participant into the weekly drawing at each branch, and non-winning entries are carried over to the following weeks.  Prizes this year are donated by a variety of Nevada businesses including Egg Works, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, the Eureka Casino Resort, Super Mex Restaurant and Cantina, and the Village Pub. The adult program will also include a writing contest and a photography contest.

The program will run from June 11 through Aug. 27. In response to participant feedback, this year’s program will last longer than previous years’ summer reading programs. For locations, visit

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 or to sign up to participate in Henderson Libraries’ summer reading program, visit or call 702-492-6581.  Groups interested in attending the kickoff event should call 207-4261