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Summer Reading Sparks a Reaction at Grand Prairie Libraries
Posted Date: 6/10/2014

Spark a reaction this summer by enrolling in the Summer Reading Challenge at a Grand Prairie public library, brought to you in part by the Friends of the Library. Readers of all ages can read, earn prizes and attend fun, informative events and classes.

Kids will earn coupons and prizes as they read. Teens and adults will have the chance to win weekly prizes or even a Kindle Fire in our Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the summer. The more you read, the more times you're entered!

Enroll now at one of your Grand Prairie libraries:

  • Grand Prairie Main Library: 901 Conover Drive. 972-237-5700
  • Betty Warmack Library: 760 Bardin Rd. 972-237-5770
  • Tony Shotwell Life Center Library: 2750 Graham St. (inside the Shotwell Life Center). 972-237-7540.


Children's Programs
On Mondays, starting June 9, the libraries will host children's performers at the Warmack Library at 1:30 p.m.; Shotwell Library at 3:30 p.m.; and Main Library at 5:30 p.m.:


  • June 16: Pint Size Polkas
  • June 23: The Pipdillys
  • June 30: Critterman
  • July 7: Joe McDermott
  • July 14: Perot Museum of Nature & Science
  • July 21: David the Magic Guy
  • July 28: Ronald McDonald

Then, the summer will end with a bang on Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Main Library with our Back to School Bash featuring performer David Chicken.

StoryTime at all three libraries blend reading with music, movement and arts for ages 0-6 to nurture development, language, literacy, counting, social, emotional and physical skills—all in the rich context of reading, crafts and play!

Shotwell Library, 6:30 p.m. Mondays (ages 0-12)

  • June 9, 16, 23
  • July 7, 14, 23, 30

Main Library, 11 a.m. Tuesdays

  • June 10, 17, 24
  • July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Warmack Library, 10 a.m. Wednesdays

  • June 11, 18, 25
  • July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Movies at 1 p.m. at Main and 3:30 p.m. at Shotwell libraries offer popular children’s choices on Thursday afternoons. Pick up a schedule at the library, check the online library calendar,  or call for titles.

  • June 12, 19, 26
  • July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Teen Programs
For teens and pre-teens a variety of programs at all libraries spark a reaction this summer.

Electrifying Authors: Meet author e.E. Charlton-Trujillo at a special Author Panel at the Main Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. The south Texas native has written three novels for teens, and produced nearly a dozen short films and music videos. Her first book, Prizefighter En Mi Casa, won the prestigious Delacorte Dell Yearling Award and Parents' Choice Silver Honor. Her latest book, Fat Angie, won the 2014 Stonewall Award and was a 2014 Rainbow List Book. Other authors appearing include Mary Gray, Lindsay Cummings, and Krissi Dallas. 

Join us for more great programs:

  • 1:30 p.m., June 3, Warmack: Grossology
  • 1:30 p.m., June 10, Warmack: LEGO Challenge
  • 6:30 p.m., June 10, Shotwell: Grossology Makerspace Lab
  • 6-9 p.m., June 11, Shotwell: Teen After Hours (registration required)
  • 4 p.m., June 12, Main: Movie Madness
  • 1:30 p.m., June 17, Warmack: Spark a Crafty Reaction
  • 6:30 p.m., June 17, Shotwell: Zombie Survival Makerspace
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m., June 19, Main: Teen Gaming
  • 1:30 p.m., June 24, Warmack: Duct Tape Club
  • 6:30 p.m. June 24, Shotwell: Angry Bird Science
  • 6 p.m., June 25, Shotwell: Starter Cinema – Kaiju Attacks (registration required)
  • 4 p.m., June 26, Main: Legos Makerspace
  • 1:30 p.m., July 1, Warmack: Movie Madness
  • 6:30 p.m., July 1, Shotwell: Teen Upcycle Creator Space
  • 4 p.m., July 3, Main: Solar System Craft
  • 1:30 p.m., July 8, Warmack: Minecraft/Game Day
  • 6:30 p.m. July 8, Shotwell: Tween Lego Makerspace Challenge
  • 6-9 p.m. July 9, Shotwell: Teen After Hours (registration required)
  • 4 p.m., July 10, Main: Movie Madness
  • 1:30 p.m., July 15, Warmack: Robot Wars
  • 6:30 p.m., July 15. Shotwell: Teen Robot Makerspace
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m., July 17, Main: Teen Gaming
  • 6:30 p.m., July 22, Shotwell: Tween/Teen Gaming
  • 2-6 p.m. July 23, Shotwell: Batman Celebration
  • 4 p.m., July 24, Main: Robot Makerspace
  • 6 p.m., July 30, Shotwell: Starter Cinema – Loki’s Rules (registration required)
  • 4 p.m., July 31, Main: Page Poetry Craft
  • 6:30 p.m. August 5, Shotwell: Tweens Tero Science Lab
  • 6:30 p.m. August 12, Shotwell: Teen Lego Makespace
  • 6:30 p.m. August 19, Shotwell: Tween Upcycle Makerspace
  • Aug. 22-23, Shotwell: Teen Reading Lock-in for teens reading 65 hours or more

Adult Classes and Events

Adult readers will discover "literary elements" with a variety of programs, which are available at no fee:


  • 7:30 p.m., June 10, Main: “Ride the Rails of Texas”. Learn about Texas’ railroads: their depots, museums and excursion trains. Presented by Rollin Phipps.
  • 10:30 a.m., June 16, Main: BookShare. Enjoy spirited book discussions with no required reading. Discuss the great and not-so-great in fiction and nonfiction.
  • 11 a.m., June 21. The Forever Young Book Club has its first meeting at Johnny Carino's Restaurant, to discuss "Emily of New Moon".
  • 7 p.m., June 24, Warmack: Dr. Brandi Andrade from UTA's Theater Arts Dept. will present a dramatic reading of the murder mystery "A Jury of Her Peers".
  • 7:30 p.m., June 24, Main Library: The Past Unwoven: DNA Testing & History. Presented by Dr. Rhonda Roby, of UNT's Missing Persons Program.
  • 7:30 p.m., July 8, Main: “Eyes on the Skies: Space Exploration from the Moon & Beyond”, presented by Raymond Benge.
  • 7 p.m., July 14, Warmack: The Readers' Guild meets to discuss Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor, by Rosina Harrison.
  • 7 p.m., July 15, Warmack: Dr. Brandi Andrade from UTA's Theater Arts Dept. will present a dramatic reading of selections from Pearl Cleage's The Brass Bed and Other Stories.
  • 10:30 a.m., July 21, Main: BookShare. Enjoy spirited book discussions with no required reading. Discuss the great and not-so-great in fiction and nonfiction.

Seating may be limited, especially at the Warmack Branch. Some programs may require registration, or a free ticket. Contact your local library for more information or visit the Grand Prairie Library website, where you can search for books, e-books and other electronic materials, and sign up to receive our e-calendar. Library cards are free! (A small fee applies to replacements).