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Summertime Reading Games Powered by the Libraries

Does your child need an incentive to pick up a book? If so, the public libraries are hosting in-person events and offering reading programs with real-world kid-sized raffle prizes along with stickers, charts, tickets, ice cream, bookmarks, and lots more. Fill your summer with books and fun!

San Pablo Library Reading
San Pablo Library Reading

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

Read great books this summer through Berkeley Public Library’s summer reading program. This year’s challenge runs from June 2 to August 5, 2024. Sign up online or in person, plus enter a raffle. The program includes lots of book recommendations for kids, teens, and adults. Join the Kick-Off Party on June 8 to enjoy performances, storytime, and crafts. Read more about the summer reading games >

Oakland Summer Reading Challenge

With the theme Read. Recreation. Review, Oakland Public Library’s summer reading program includes in-person events and prizes for days of reading. The program is designed for kids, teens, and adults—so the whole family can participate and enjoy the fun. Summer readers can pick up prizes, like Children’s Fairyland membership or a Nintendo Switch, after completing reading, and are entered into a raffle for even more goodies from local favorites. Don’t miss the many events and activities hosted at the library branches including instrument petting zoos, magic shows, and storytimes. Summer Reading Game for 2024 starts May 25 and ends August 3. Find out more about the Oakland summer reading program >

Check out books then make time for play at the library this summer! | Photo: Kat Choi

Free storytimes at the library and around the East Bay >>

Alameda Free Library Summer Reading

The Alameda Free Library asks readers of all ages (adults and teens can play, too!) to complete hours of reading to earn badges and prizes. Readers keep track of their progress using Beanstack, an online service that tracks reading and reading challenges. This years’ theme is Find Your Voice and the program runs from June 1 through July 31, 2024. Join the Main Library for a Summer Reading Kick-Off Party on June 1 to enjoy games, crafts and a family dance party. Visit the library’s site to get all the details and register > 

San Leandro Public Library Challenge

San Leandro Public Library’s summer reading program, Learn, Grow and Explore, offers library activities for all ages. Pick up a paper booklet at any branch or join using Beanstack. Once participants have earned 80 points by visiting a library, reading a book, or completing a learning activity they can spend it on the prize board. They will also receive an invitation to a special finisher event, a free swim pass, pizza, and a free youth admission to Lawrence Hall of Science. The challenge runs from June 1 to July 31, 2024. See more about San Leandro’s summer reading program here.

Reading in Montclair branch library
Drop into a library for some reading fun (and prizes!) this summer | Photo: Maureen Burke

Coolest things to check out from the library >>

Alameda County Library Summer Reading Adventure

Readers of all ages and abilities can participate in Summer Adventure, a reading challenge hosted at Alameda County Library branches. This year’s theme is Engaging the Senses. Readers finish books and complete engaging activities to receive a book gift and prize drawing entries! Alameda County Library reading program’s dates are June 1 to August 1, 2024. Join the Albany Library for a Kick-Off Party on June 1 to enjoy games, crafts, snacks, prizes and to pick up your Summer Adventure Guide. Read more and register>

Contra Costa County Summer Reading

Contra Costa County Library offers a program for all ages, with the theme: Read, Renew, and Repeat. Readers of all ages can register through Beanstack or pick up a reading passport to track activities and challenges that help keep our planet thriving. Every completed entry is eligible for a free book and a chance to win prizes. The Contra Costa County 2024 reading program runs from June 1 to August 3, 2024. Register online and learn more > 

Richmond Public Library Summer Reading

*Richmond Public Library offers a program for readers of all levels. Children can register for activities and challenges for a chance to win great prizes like tickets to an A’s game. There will also be exciting in-person events. Register online through Beanstack >

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

Read, color and more at your local library | Photo: Anna Azimi


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