Summer is underway at the Portland library

PORTLAND – The Bell/Whittington Library’s “Summer Reading Program 2019: A Universe of Stories” has begun. 

The program is a free and self-guided program that allows a reader to track reading for prizes. Patrons of all ages are invited to participate. Stop by the library to pick up reading sheets today. Turn in at least one completed reading sheet by Saturday, July 20, to be eligible for prizes and to be invited to the Summer Reading Pool Party on Friday, July 26.

•Summer Reading includes adults at Bell/Whittington with the 2019 Summer Bucket List. Pick up a Bucket List, choose and read a book, and check it off the list. Check off five boxes or more to be eligible for prizes.

• There will be no After School Program, Toddler Time or Teen Lounge until the week of June 10.

• Mrs. Dorothy’s Summer Afternoon Programs are on Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m. for 1st through 6th graders in June and July starting June 10. Participate in a different space-related activity every week.

Her Summer Toddler Time programs occur on Tuesdays in June and July starting on June 11, from 10 to 11 a.m., for babies, toddlers and preschoolers to help promote school readiness with our space-related themes. Both programs are full of fun and absolutely free of charge.

• Teens Library Lounge is held on Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. for 7th through 12th graders beginning June 13. All teens are welcome to the board games, video games, crafts and snacks. Note: must be present for the entire program to enjoy the snacks.

• Teen Book Club will be Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m. For June’s Teen Book Club session, the club will discuss “Dry” by Neal Shusterman. Copies are available at the library. 

• There will be no Mystery Book Club session during June or July. The Mystery Book Club will resume Thursday, Aug. 1, with “The Dry” by Jane Harper.

• Coloring for Grownups is held on the first Wednesday of every month and will next take place on June 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Storytimes with Mr. Kippy are scheduled for Thursdays at 9 a.m. and again at 10 a.m. The stories are geared for preschoolers, babies and toddlers.

New fiction books on the shelves include: “Trust Exercise” by Susan Choi, “Cruel Fate” by Kelly Armstrong and “Night Window” by Dean Koontz.

New non-fiction books available now include “Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting” by Anna Quindlen, “The Edgy Veg 138 Carnivore-Approved Vegan Recipes” by Candice Hutchings, and “Mantle: The Best There Ever Was” by Toni Castro. 

The library also offers access to e-books on South Texas Digital Libraries-Overdrive. For more information on this and other services, contact the library at 361-777-4560 or

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

For more information on any of these events or other services the library may have to offer, call 361-777-4560.