Summer Reading Program

Reading is a Super-Power! Children who read for fun also get ahead in math, spelling, and all kinds of thinking.

Kids in superhero costumes are ready for action!

Summer is for Reading and Fun

Every summer when school lets out, the library steps in with a program of reading, events, and activities that encourage children to explore the fun of reading and keep their ability strong in this essential skill. All children and teens are welcome to join this free program.

How the Summer Reading Program Works

It’s a relaxed program that works for everybody.  

Participation is simple. 

Track Your Reading and Other Literacy Activities

Use the summer reading log to report the number of books you’ve read and tell us about other activities you’ve been doing this summer. 

Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing all contribute to learning and growth! Summer reading kids have been learning new songs, hosting Teddy bear picnics, telling stories to their grandparents on Zoom, and doing lots of other fun things. How about you?

You can also track your reading and doing on a paper reading log. Ask for one at any branch library during curbside pickup hours, write in the titles of books read or listened to, and when it’s full, put the reading log in your library’s book return. Make sure it has your first and last name on it.

If you like the idea of winning a summer reading prize, be sure to put your phone number in the reading log, so library staff can call you to let you know if you’ve won.

Prizes for Children 

Prizes are awarded to the lucky winners in August. If you want to enter the drawing, be sure to include your phone number when you submit your reading log online or on paper in the library book drop. Some branch libraries also have their own prizes for summer reading – check with your local library to find out more.

Sign up When School Lets Out

A bright, fun, exciting book lies open in front of you!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Our 2020 sponsors make the Summer Reading Program successful for the children and teens of Humboldt County.

Please thank them if you have the opportunity!

o First 5 Humboldt
o The Friends of the Redwood Libraries
o Humboldt Sponsors
o The Humboldt Area Foundation
o St. Joseph Health System of Humboldt County
o The McLean Foundation
o The Patricia D. & William B. Smullin Foundation
o The California Library Association
o The California State Library

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The library’s Summer Reading program is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered in California by the State Librarian.

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Use a Reading Log to Track Summer Reading

A reading log is a list of the books and stories you read.

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