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Summertime Reading Games Powered by the Libraries

Does your child need incentive to pick up a book? If so, the public libraries are reopening (slowly!) and offering virtual challenges with real world kid-sized raffle prizes along with stickers, charts, tickets, ice cream, bookmarks, and lots more.

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My child will only read after I’ve told him to go to bed. I’m just glad he’s reading. Don’t tell him.

These FREE summer reading programs are a fun way to stay engaged in reading and learning over the summer to keep our little ones’ brains active.

Berkeley Public Library Summer Reading

Stay safe and read great books with the summer reading program at Berkeley Public Library. Sign up online and enter a virtual raffle. The program includes lots of book recommendations for kids, teens, and adults. Be a good reader yourself.

Runs June 15 to August 15, 2020. Read more about the summer reading games here.

Oakland Kids’ Summer Reading Challenge

Explore Connect & Grow includes online activities and prizes for days of reading. The library is also sharing many additional activities for community fun like virtual concerts and chalk art games. Summer readers are entered into a raffle for even more goodies (like a Fairyland membership!!).


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Summer Reading Game for 2020 run May 30 and runs to August 1. Find out more about the Oakland summer reading program here.

Contra Costa County Summer Reading: Dive Deep

Contra Costa County Library offers a program for all ages. Track your story time along with other summertime activities, and earn cool prizes — like an Xbox One X — for turning in your reading log. As with the others, register online this year. Learn more >

The Contra Costa County 2020 reading festival runs from June 6 to August 6.

San Leandro Public Library Challenge: Dig Deeper

SPL’s summer reading program offers its reading games for all ages. Kids can participate to earn prizes from books to pizza and more. Once you have Once you have read 15 books, for 15 hours, or completed 15 learning activities, you win. Audiobooks and OverDrive ebooks qualify.

San Leandro’s reading challenge runs from June 1 to July 31, 2020. read more about San Leandro’s summer reading program here.


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Home Run Readers program, presented by the Oakland A’s

One more fun incentive to encourage students in K -8th grade to reach the reading goals: earn Oakland A’s swag with every four books read. Registration is open. Visit for more information.

Have your kids played any of these games in summers past? Do other towns offer similar incentive plans that we missed?

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Remember hanging out in libraries? Sigh… Albany Library | Photo: Anna Azimi

[Summer slide infographic from Berkeley Public Library]

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