A Universe Of stOries

Visit the library June 1 - August 10 to celebrate summer reading!

Discover events for all ages at the library!

Hillsborough County libraries offer out-of-this-world experiences: performers and storytellers, crafting and DIY projects, technology and STEM experiments, even an exciting animal encounter or two. Check out the online calendar to discover events near you!

Events and classes are free, thanks to the Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, Inc.

Find events

Read for the stars and win stellar prizes!

Beanstack logo

Track your reading online with Beanstack, a fun online tool for readers. Log your reading time in Beanstack to automatically enter our prize drawings. Hillsborough County residents of all ages are welcome to participate.

  • Eight weekly drawings for ZooTampa or Florida Aquarium tickets.
  • Grand Prize drawing July 1, 2019: Win a family membership to ZooTampa.
  • Grand Prize drawing August 12, 2019: Win two Official Tampa Bay CityPASS tickets – good for admission to Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa, and others.

Sign up online or download the free Beanstack app from the App Store or Google Play.

Sign up for Beanstack

Kids & teens: earn more prizes!

Lanyard with rocket and logo Shoot for the Stars: Read

Track reading time to earn collectible pins or stickers for younger readers. Pick up a free lanyard at any library and win prizes at each benchmark.

  • Read 3 hours for an out-of-this-world ROBOT
  • Read 8 hours for a soaring SPACESHIP
  • Read 15 hours for the one-eyed ALIEN
  • Read 24 hours for a FREE BOOK!

Reading with the Rays

One-eyed alien in Tampa Bay Rays uniform at bat

Pick up game cards at any library location. Read around the bases for awesome prizes from the Tampa Bay Rays!

  • 1st Base - Read 3 hours: glow in the dark bracelet
  • 2nd Base - Read 8 hours: Rays pennant
  • 3rd Base - Read 15 hours: Yowie bandana
  • Home plate: Winner! Read 24 hours total this summer to earn a cell phone stand wallet and a voucher for two tickets to a Rays game!
More information

Avoid the summer slide!

One-eyed alien in spaceship reading

Summer reading is not only a chance to beat the heat with books and special events – it also supercharges your brain!

Kids who do not read or spend time learning during the summer can experience the “summer slide” – learning loss that accumulates over time. Want an easy way to prevent the summer slide? Visit the library for fantastic books and activities.

Make borrowing even easier by downloading our apps for instant access: Libby for eBooks, Axis360 for kids books, Hoopla for audiobooks, comics, and streaming video, and RBDigital for full-color popular magazines. A Universe of Stories is available 24/7 with your library card!

Find apps

Blast off into summer learning with Launchpads!

Launchpad tablet

Launchpads are activity tablets that teach kids about STEAM skills. From planets to dinosaurs, art to coding, LaunchPads allow kids to discover new topics through fun learning games and activities.

More about Launchpads

Discover Science Online!

Science Online logo with beakers full of chemicals

Young astronauts, engineers and inventors will love Science Online – the library’s database of science articles, videos, and interactive experiments! Explore the Space & Astronomy page.

Science Online