Summer Reading Programs

Updated: Feb 8, 2019


Summertime is just around the corner, which means the public library reading programs along with a few others will be in full swing! Reading incentives can encourage your student to read in a fun and engaging way. If you have tweens or teens in your home be sure to ask your local library about their summer volunteer opportunities. Happy summer reading!


All Areas

Free Summer Reading Program Barnes and Noble The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these easy steps:

  • Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal.

  • Tell them which part of the book is your favorite, and why.

  • Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 15 and September 3, 2018.

  • Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.



Southern California

Los Angeles County Summer Reading Program Choose your own summer discovery experience! Read books and complete missions to collect prizes at the library. Earn a prize for your first three books or missions completed. Earn additional prizes by continuing to read and complete missions. You can also collect fun digital badges for completing missions, reading lists, and playing games. June 1 - August 11, 2018.


Los Angeles County Fair Read to Ride Program

The Read to Ride Program is a special reward program for kids in grades K through 8 who read books over the summer. Kids will receive free carnival ride vouchers good at the 2018 LA County Fair Carnival.

Orange County Summer Reading Program It’s time to rock the library during our annual Summer Reading Program! Attend weekly special events at all library locations featuring live performances, science, animals, arts, and storytelling. Sign-up for technology camps and classes to create video games, mix music, build robots, harness solar power and much more. Grab a Reading & Activity Calendar and cross off each day that you attend a library event/ technology class or read a book. June 2- August 4, 2018.


San Diego County Summer Reading Program Fasten your seat belts and be sure to put your trays in the upright and locked position because we are ready to take off for this year’s summer reading program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere!” San Diego residents of all ages are encouraged to sign-up for this annual event that is sure to deliver action and adventure through reading. June 1 - August 1, 2018. Riverside County Summer Reading Program Our annual Summer Reading Program starts June 1 and runs through July 31, 2018. Everyone is encouraged to sign up. The theme "Reading Takes You Everywhere!" will take us around the world with quite a few exciting activities that celebrate locations and countries.

San Bernardino County Summer Reading Program Join the Galactic Forces, checkout books from the library and read! Log your progress in your reading log and take a trip to the library to pick-up your reward. Don’t forget to visit us weekly to receive your rewards and enjoy our special programs throughout the summer.


Ventura County Summer Reading Program

Pre-Readers, Kids & Teens, get ready to read! From June 1 - August 4, 2018, join us for our Summer Reading Challenge! Reading: Travel the world. No gas required!



Central California Santa Barbara County Summer Reading Program Visit any library in the library system to earn reading rewards during the summer.

June 1 - August 15, 2018.


Fresno County Summer Reading Program Keep your minds and bodies healthy with FCPL's Summer Challenge and Lunch at the Library programs! Join the Summer Challenge from June 11 - July 29, 2018 at your local library to earn books and great prizes.


San Luis Obispo County Summer Reading Program Kids and teens can sign-up and read books to earn prizes. By reading for 5 days (20 minutes a day) or reading 5 books you will earn a “Libraries Rock” bag full of goodies. Take the challenge and read 5 more books to earn a free book to keep. June 1- July 28, 2018.

Monterey County Summer Reading Program This year’s theme, “Reading Takes You Everywhere!” celebrates the journeys we take when we read. Through art, creative play, science, and technology, the Summer Reading Program leads kids to new discoveries and fresh perspectives. Kids earn prizes for time spent reading between June 2 - July 31, 2018. The sooner you sign up, the sooner you can start earning prizes! Open to all ages.

Kern County Summer Reading Program

Take the summer reading challenge starting Friday, June 1, 2018.

Everyone, ages 0 -100, is invited to take the Summer Reading Challenge! Pick up a Reading Log at your local Kern County Library branch, read titles you choose, & turn in your Reading Log by Tuesday, July 31, 2018 to receive a FREE Book from the Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. and other goodies.



Northern California Sacramento County Summer Reading Program Summer Reading challenges you to read all summer long. Read and complete activities to earn entries into our grand prize and branch prize drawings. June 1 - July 31, 2018.

Shasta County Summer Reading Program

Summer Blast! Read, Grow and Learn! Sign-up to read for prizes, bikes, gift cards and more. May 21 - July 31, 2018.

El Dorado County Summer Reading Program Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Challenge 2018! Placer County Summer Reading Program Summer @ Your Library is going on now! Free activities, activity trackers & incentives available for all ages all summer long. Starting May 15, pick up an activity log at your library to earn points and prizes. Participate in weekly Reading Recesses for some extra Fun! Programs & events kick off in June.

Yolo County Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading is Here! May 20 - August 18, 2018. Read books, win prizes, and join us for fantastic programs at the Library!


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