Summer Reading Program

Summer is for Reading and Fun

When school lets out for the summer, the Humboldt County Library begins its Summer Reading program.  All children and teens are welcome to join this free program by signing up at any library branch after school lets out in June.

Participants stretch their minds and keep up their reading skills over the summer while having lots of free fun - reading, doing crafts, hearing stories and songs, enjoying visiting performers, and learning all the time.  

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

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Crafts, Stories, and Special Programs

All children are invited to participate in special Summer Reading story and craft programs as their family's schedule permits.  You may attend programs at any library branch, or as many branches as you like.

Stop by your favorite library when summer begins, sign up, and learn about upcoming activities.  Kids can join throughout the summer at every public library in the county, and on the bookmobile as well.

Each branch of the library has its own activity schedule.  Events that happen every week are featured on the web page for that branch. Eureka Main Library weekly events are on the Eureka Library page.

Special and unique events are listed on the library calendar.  


Thank You to Our Sponsors

Our 2019 sponsors made the Summer Reading Program successful for the children and teens of Humboldt County.

Please thank them if you have the opportunity!

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

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How the Summer Reading Program Works

It's a relaxed program that works for everybody.  
Participation is simple. 

Track Your Reading

Teens and children (or their caregivers) can pick up a reading log at any branch library, track the titles of books read or listened to, and turn in the reading log for a prize. 

Visit your branch library for further details and to get the opportunity to tackle special reading challenges.

The program starts in June and continues until mid-August.

Craft Programs

are featured at most library branches as part of the Summer Reading Program. Check the library branch page and the calendar for these, and for other special events.

Prizes for Children 

Every child who completes a reading log may claim a small prize at any branch library at any time during the summer.

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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.