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Posted on: June 5, 2023

2023 Summer Reading Program Kickoff This Saturday at New Braunfels Public Library

2023 Summer Reading Program

This year’s theme is “All Together Now,” which encourages residents to join with family, friends, and neighbors to not only catch up on reading this summer, but to attend library programs, visit local parks, write, do an art project, or try a new recipe. 

“We are so excited to bring another great lineup of programming to our community this summer,” said Library Youth Services Manager Jenny Rodriguez. “There’s one game card for all ages, so families are encouraged to participate together on the various activities!”

Printed versions of the Summer Reading Program gamecard can be found at:

  • The New Braunfels Public Library - 700 East Common Street
  • The Westside Community Center – 2932 South I-35 Frontage Road
  • New Braunfels City Hall – 550 Landa St.
  • Das Rec – 345 Landa St.

Each time you complete an activity from the list, mark it on the game card, and after you complete five activities, come to the library to pick up your first prize. Prize pickup starts June 20th. After you complete 10 activities, you can pick up your second prize, and when you've completed the game card (a total of 24 activities) you will receive an entry for our grand prize drawing. Grand prize entries are accepted through Friday, Aug. 4th.  

There are also a variety of events being offered throughout the summer to help you complete your activity list. Here’s a few of the featured programs this summer at the Main Library location on East Common St.:

 Saturday, June 3

Friends of the Library Children and Youth Book Sale 9am – 12pm

Summer Reading Program Kickoff - 10am – 1pm

Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo - 10am – 12pm

‘It’s Foam Time’ Foam Party – 12pm – 1pm

Thursday, June 8

Musician Staci Gray – Performances at 10:30am and 2pm

An Austin-based children’s musician and entertainer known for her high energy shows and hit albums ‘The Big Bubble Be Bop’ and ‘The Crocodile Dance.’ She sings all over Texas and Oklahoma to children of all ages and their families! Recommended for children 5 and up and their families.

Thursday, June 15

Austin Reptiles – Showtimes at 10:30am, 2pm, and 6pm

A fun and educational program featuring live reptiles from around the world. Kids will learn about reptile diversity, adaptations, biology, and conservation in this high-energy learning experience. After the program, children will have the opportunity to see the animals up close! Recommended for children 5 and up and their families.

Thursday, June 22

Daniel G. Benes Science Shows – Showtimes at 2pm and 6pm

Daniel G. Benes brings exciting STEAM-based Science Shows, classes, & exhibits featuring demonstrations of science, physics, chemistry, and electricity, mixed with antique technology to schools, libraries, museums, and events across the state of Texas. Recommended for children 5 and up and their families.

 Thursday, July 6

Surapsari – Programs at 2pm (Tweens) and 6pm (Teens) 

Surapsari has studied Japanese calligraphy, Ura-Senke style tea ceremony, and Ryuseiha style Ikebana flower arrangement in Chiba, Japan. She has years of experience in teaching mindful and healing arts to children and adults alike. Tweens will explore the themes of friendship and unity while listening to a beloved folktale, Momotaro (The Peach Boy), in Kamishibai style, singing a Japanese song, having fun with masked characters, and making origami animals. Teens will be led through a manga art workshop.

Thursday, July 13

BK Bones – Programs at 10:30am (ages 5 and under), 2pm and 6pm (ages 5 and up)

BK Bones brings a bit of the prehistoric to you! A big proponent of STEAM education, this paleontology presenter for kids makes questioning, exploration, and creativity the heart of her approach with eye-catching images, fossils (and fossil replicas), and lots of high-energy interaction.

For more information about “All Together Now,” the 2023 Summer Reading Program, or other programs and events at the New Braunfels Public Library, visit

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