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2022 Summer Reading Program

Read Beyond the Beaten Path Summer Reading Logo
 
Explore your world and beyond during the Summer Reading Program! The San Diego Public Library is inviting all ages to sign up for this event and venture beyond the beaten path and read! Complete a combination of 10 books, hours of reading or activities to claim your prizes. Sign up begins June 1st and the program will last through August 31st. Adventure is just one book away!
 
 

Program Details

 
Reading Prizes, Rules & Reading Log 
  • Participants can log books, hours, and activities online by clicking here OR by completing a paper log. Print from home or stop by any San Diego Public Library offering services to pick up your reading log starting June 1st.
  • Prizes are available for pickup starting June 8th at any of our library locations offering in-person services.
  • Prizes given while supplies last.

Finisher prizes:

Children (Ages 0- 5)
  • 1 Book
  • Pass for 2 for The San Diego Natural History Museum (the NAT)
  • Pass for 2 for The San Diego Model Railroad Museum 
  • Pass for 2 for the San Diego Automotive Museum
  • Pass for The San Diego New Children’s Museum
  • Free 5oz yogurt from Yogurtland 
Children (Ages 6-11)
  • 1 Book
  • Pass for 2 for The San Diego Natural History Museum (the NAT)
  • Pass for 2 for The San Diego Model Railroad Museum 
  • Pass for 2 for the San Diego Automotive Museum
  • Pass for The San Diego New Children’s Museum
  • Free 5oz yogurt from Yogurtland 
  • Panda Express Kids Meal
Teens (Ages 12-17)
  • 1 Book
  • Pass for 2 for The San Diego Natural History Museum (the NAT)
  • Pass for 2 for The San Diego Model Railroad Museum 
  • Pass for 2 for the San Diego Automotive Museum
  • Free 5oz yogurt from Yogurtland 
Adults (Ages 18+)
  • Free book at participating Friends of the Library Book Sales and Used Bookstores 
  • Pass for 2 for The San Diego Natural History Museum (the NAT)

*Please read each pass for additional details.
 

Raffle Drawing Prizes
 

Details Coming Soon.

Upcoming Programs

May 2110am - 11am

Zovargo - Animals and Us

Babies/Toddlers, Preschoolers, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, Teens

May 2410am - 10:30am

Hullabaloo Music Show

Babies/Toddlers, Preschoolers, Elementary School Age

May 254pm - 5pm

Seaside Storytime at Scripps Park

Babies/Toddlers, Preschoolers, Elementary School Age

May 3110am - 11am

Zovargo Wild Animal Presentation

Babies/Toddlers, Preschoolers, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age

Jun 110:30am - 11am

Reading Log Activity Descriptions

 
Activities for Ages 0 - 5
  1. Attend a storytime - Most libraries offer weekly early literacy storytimes for children ages 0-5. To find a storytime near you, visit: https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/.
  2. Build an indoor tent - Build a tent in your home with your family and read a book inside. Use boxes, blankets, chairs, pillows, etc. to build your tent.
  3. Go for a nature walk- Take a nature walk. Even big cities have nature all around. Look for flowers, birds, squirrels and talk to someone about what you see.
  4. Attend a Summer Reading event - Attend a Summer Reading Event. Whether you're interested in crafts, music, or magic we have something fun and free planned for you! To find a program near you, visit: https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/.
  5. Make Lines or Shapes in the Sand - Find some sand at the beach or in a sandbox. Using a stick or finger, draw shapes and scribbles. Talk about what you are drawing. Sand drawing is a very useful activity. It develops fine motor skills, speech, thinking, imagination, and spatial perception. It can also be a calming activity for children.
  6. Read a book outside - Venture beyond the beaten path and read! Grab a book and head outside. You can grab a towel and read on the beach, in a park, or on your front steps.
  7. Visit a park - Explore a city or county park near you! You can visit a park you know or better yet, explore a new one! Visit the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation or the SD County Parks website to find a park near you.
  8. Play “Follow the Leader” - Whether you are at a playground or playing inside, it's fun to play "Follow the Leader" Have one person be the leader and the others follow. The leader chooses easy movements such as running, taking 3 steps forward, and jumping jacks and the others follow along. Benefits include gross motor skills, following directions, and building concentration span.
  9. Read a book using a flashlight - Turn down the lights, turn on a flashlight, and read your favorite bedtime story. You can pretend you are reading in a cave or by a campfire. Talk about what kinds of things might you smell or hear if you were!
  10. Make animal noises - After reading a book about animals, have fun imitating all the sounds of the animals. Can you think of more animals and the sounds they make? How loud can you make the noises, how quiet? How fast, how slow?

Activities for Ages 6 – Adult
  1. Attend a Summer Reading event - Attend a Summer Reading Event. Whether you're interested in crafts, music, or magic we have something fun and free planned for you! To find a program near you, visit: https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/.
  2. Read a book outside - Venture beyond the beaten path and read! Grab a book and head outside. You can grab a towel and read on the beach, in a park, or on your front steps.
  3. Visit a park - Explore a city or county park near you! You can visit a park you know or better yet, explore a new one! Visit the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation or the SD County Parks website to find a park near you.
  4. Go for a nature walk - Take a nature walk. Even big cities have nature all around. Look for flowers, birds, squirrels and talk to someone about what you see.
  5. Build a family fort - Build a fort in your home with your family and read a book inside. Use boxes, blankets, binder clips, chairs, pillows, etc. Amp it up by challenging a friend or family member to see who can build the tallest and strongest fort!
  6. Kindness Rocks - Spread positivity in your community! Decorate rocks with encouraging messages to leave around your town for others to find. For ideas and inspiration visit: https://www.thekindnessrocksproject.com/.
  7. Read to a friend - Read aloud a story to a friend, family member, a pet, or a stuffed animal!
  8. Write a book review - Do you have something to say about a book you just finished? Go ahead and write a book review. You can send to a friend or submit on Beanstack.
  9. Tell a spooky campfire story - Tell a spooky campfire story to a friend or family member. If there isn't a real campfire around, just turn down the lights and pretend. If you don't know any spooky stories, check out one from your local library.
  10. Take a hike to the library - Tell a spooky campfire story to a friend or family member. If there isn't a real campfire around, just turn down the lights and pretend. If you don't know any spooky stories, check out one from your local library.

Reading Recommendations

 

Reading Resources

 
Looking for books to read at home? Visit the eLibrary to view all of our options! Our CloudLibrary app, which can be downloaded to your phone or tablet, is a great place to start! Have your San Diego Public Library card handy, which begins with the digits 01336. Don't have a library card? Apply for a card here and use your temporary card number and password to login and access eLibrary.
 
And remember, all reading counts! For example, listening to audiobooks and watching story times online are great ways to complete your reading log.
 
Bookflix logo
A literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.
 
cloudLibrary logo
cloudLibrary allows you to borrow and read a wide array of eBooks from the San Diego Public Library for free.
SimplyE app: Video Tutorial
SimplyE available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store
 
Comic Plus logo
You have unlimited, simultaneous access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, annd manga through Compics Plus- including popular titles like Avatar: the Last Airbender; Bone; The Boys; B.P.R.D; Disney Decendants; Locke & Key; Peanuts; Stranger Things; They Called Us Enemy.
Video Tutorial: Navigating Comics Plus
 
NoveList logo
Find fiction titles for classroom use or reading including picture books; children's chapter books; and young adult titles.
 
NoveList logo
Guide to suggested reading for all ages with reviews and other features.
 

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Friends of the San Diego Public Library logo
San Diego Public Library Foundation logo
 
For other questions or concerns, call 619-236-5800 or email weblibrary@sandiego.gov