Summer Reading Festival

Each summer, The W.H. Stark House hosts a festival celebrating reading featuring hands-on activities throughout the grounds.

The festival was inspired by the house matriarch, Miriam Lutcher Stark, who was an avid collector of rare books and loved to encourage reading. From her many trips throughout the country and overseas, Miriam accumulated one of the finest private collections of romantic literature and classic works. She shared her love of reading with her community through numerous book clubs, by creating the Stark Reading Contest in 1904 and donating over 8,000 books.

A book title and theme for the Summer Reading Festival is chosen each year based off of one of the books in Miriam’s extensive library.

The Summer Reading Festival is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required and space is limited.


2024 Summer Reading Festival: The Secret Garden

Join us as we explore Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden at the 5th Annual Summer Reading Festival on Saturday, June 8, from 9-11AM. Children and teens, ages 0-18, and their grown-ups are invited to participate in Secret Garden related activity stations, scavenger hunt in The W.H. Stark House and will leave with their own age-appropriate Secret Garden retelling of the classic.