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

Join the library’s summer reading program! This year is a bit different from previous years – the library is offering virtual programs, curbside pickup of books and free activity kits for children, and summer reading logs to record on paper or through the website. All children and teens are welcome to join this free program.

Click the Book to Sign Up

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

Kids and teens can stretch their minds and keep up their reading skills over the summer while having lots of fun – talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with their families.

Activities begin June 30, but it's fine to start reading before then!

Pick Up a Craft Activity Kit to Make Your Own Paper Picnic

Cut and fold a paper basket to hold pretend food you can cut out and color as you like.

Click the Log to List What You Read & Do

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

Activity Kits

Pick up an activity kit for kids this summer! Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. You can get the first kit beginning June 30, to make your own fantasy picnic - a paper basket to assemble and decorate, paper picnic foods to cut and color. plus some construction paper to create your own favorite picnic goodies.

More activity kits with a variety of fun ideas will be offered from time to time through the end of July. You can find out what we have for you on the library calendar, or via Facebook, or by phone, and come back for another kit for each child.


Basic Supplies

Families can also ask for a basic supply bag with crayons, scissors, tape, and a glue stick if they don’t have those supplies at home.

Curbside Pickup

You may ask for one basic supply bag per household and one activity kit per child. Just stop at any library branch during curbside pickup hours and call to let us know you are here to get them.  Pick up some books, too!

Basic Supply Bag

A bag with tape, scissors, glue stick, and small crayon box.

Prizes for Children 

There will be a County-wide drawing for prizes of special craft kits 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.


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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The library logo - framed by a book, a mighty redwood stands by water and hills.

How the Summer Reading Program Works

It’s a relaxed program that works for everybody.  

Participation is simple. 

Sign up for Summer Reading

Click the book to sign up online and let us know who in your family wants to take part. Or, just call your branch library to let us know who is joining in, and pick up a paper reading log during curbside pickup.

The program starts June 30 and continues until mid-August.

Check this page, or the library calendar or find us on Facebook for updates all summer.

Track Your Reading and Other Literacy Activities

Click 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.

Read, Play, Learn! String Games For You

Two girls play a string game, creating a book instead of a cat's cradle.

Our Sponsors Support Reading, Learning, & Children's Well-Being in Humboldt

Here's a fresh, lovely vase of tulips to thank our sponsors.