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Virtual 2021 Summer Reading Program

2021 Summer Reading Program with theme of Reading Colors Your World
Let reading Color Your World this summer, during the Summer Reading Program! San Diego residents of all ages are encouraged to sign up for this virtual event to be creative, try new things, explore art, and find beauty in diversity. 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. Read a book and color your world!

Program Details

Reading Prizes, Rules & Reading Log  PDF icon English | PDF icon Español
  • Participants can log books, hours, and activities online by clicking here or by completing the paper log linked above. Print from home or stop by any San Diego Public Library offering services to pick up your reading log.
  • Prizes are available for pickup starting June 8th Monday through Saturday from 9:30am – 5:30 p.m. at any of our 25 contactless pickup service locations.
  • Prizes given while supplies last.

Library Foundation Community Read-A-Thon

Join us in a community goal to complete 250,000 learning experiences by the end of August. Learning experiences include reading and completing the library’s literacy-based activities. The San Diego Public Library Foundation will donate $10K to support library youth programming. All you need to do is sign up for the Summer Reading Program and log your summer learning activities and they will automatically count towards the Read-A-Thon.


Books/Hours/Activities completed as of 6/14/2021

11% of Community Goal Complete


Summer Special Events

Arty Loon Show with balloons rabbit and male character
Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 @ 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Join us on Zoom for the Spectacular Arty Loon Show for some awesome virtual fun! Learn some Magic tricks to fool your friends with household items! Witness a classic illusion of making a person float! Play Arty’s funtastic games to win yourself an official Arty Loon Show Magic Kit! Plus much much more! Don’t miss out! Have the whole family join Arty for the Party!

Storyteller Ms. Ina.
Thursday, June 10th, 2021 @ 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Join us on Zoom for "We're Better Together" with the Sunshine Storyteller, Ms. Ina! Ms. Ina will entertain you with Interactive multi-cultural tales, poetry, songs, and story making activities to tickle young funny bones and excite imaginations. We're Better Together will weave stories and songs of unity and hope from around the world.

Boy in white lab coat looking through a microscope with bookshelves in backgroun
Thursday, June 17th, 2021 @ 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Join Mad Science for this Summer Reading Program: Reading Colors Your World Special Event. See a spectacular chemical energy display and learn the fundamentals of light. Reveal hidden components of ordinary light using a motorized color wheel.

Pacific Animal Productions staff with a sloth
Thursday, June 24th, 2021 @ 3:30 p.m. | View Live on SDPL Virtual Hub
The Animal Kingdom is full of color! Meet some surprising colorful animals and learn how their color helps them to survive. Animals may include: Macaw or Parrot, Armadillo, Tarantula, Chameleon, Tamandua, Sand Boa or a Tegu Lizard. No registration necessary, just jump on our SDPL Virtual Hub Facebook Group at 3:30 p.m. on June 24th and prepare to be amazed!

Reading Log Activity Descriptions

Activities for Ages 0 - 5
  1. Attend a Virtual Storytime through SDPL Virtual Hub - Miss your library's storytime? Attend a virtual storytime with one of our neighborhood librarians.
  2. Sign up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten - Sign up today online or get a paper log from a library location offering services. Your child will receive a lanyard with a library card holder for reading 25 books and a special Smart Stripe badge to hang on it for every 100 books you complete!
  3. Count With Your Little One - Count with your little one! Go on a walk in your neighborhood or out in nature. Look for and identify as many shapes as you can find. Count how many you find as you walk
  4. Make Today a Rhyming Day - Use rhyme whenever you can all day long! Use phrases like ‘snug as a bug in a rug’ or make up rhymes about things you’re doing – for example, ‘putting fish in the cat’s dish’ or 'let's crawl over on the floor to shut the bedroom door'.
  5. Sing with Scarves - Little ones love playing with scarves! If you have a lightweight scarf laying around or a light material you can use as a scarf.
  6. Color Scavenger Hunt - Go on a color scavenger hunt. Make a card with different colors on it and take it out on a walk or inside your home. Have your little one cross off each color as they identify something of that color.
  7. Fun with Boxes - Empty boxes encourage creativity and thinking skills. Children can decide how to change the box into something they can use for pretend play, like a castle or a cave! Then they can use their imagination and problem-solving skills to turn ideas into reality. Mobile infants can crawl through large boxes or stack smaller ones.
  8. Make a Family Photo Book - Make a family photo album. Place photos into a small album. Infants will enjoy seeing and learning to name/identify mommy, daddy, big brother/sister, grandparents, and the family pet!
  9. Read a Wordless Book - Wordless Books are great because you can have a new story time every time you read them! Look at and talk about the pictures, make up a story. Find a wordless book at your local library to check out.
  10. Fun with Flashlights - Using flashlights with older babies and toddlers is a fun sensory activity. Sensory activities build cognitive skills. In addition, babies will learn to visually track the light. Visual tracking is a skill children will use when they have to follow words on a page!

Activities for Ages 6 – Adult
  1. Listen to an Audiobook - Audiobooks on CDs can be checked out from the library and can also be checked from our eLibrary as well.
  2. Attend a Virtual 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!
  3. Make a Scavenger Hunt - Make a scavenger hunt for a friend or family member. Make clues using words or pictures that lead to certain places in the house and have a prize hidden at the end.
  4. Read a Graphic Novel or Comic Book - Graphic Novels and Comic Books are a great choice for your summer reading list! Find a title today at your local library offering services or through our eLibrary.
  5. Read and Cook up a Treat - Who's hungry? Read a few recipes either online or from a cookbook. Then make the one that sounds the most delicious to you! Cooking with kids? Check out for 20 easy recipes to make with children.
  6. Read and Watch - Is there a movie based on a book you read this summer? Watch the movie and write down the 3 biggest differences from the book.
  7. Read to a Friend - Read aloud a story to a friend, family member, a pet, or a stuffed animal!
  8. Send a Letter - Everyone loves getting mail! Write a note to someone you care about and mail or hand deliver it. Not writing yet? Draw a picture!
  9. Read and Write a Poem - Read a poem from a book of poetry. If you don't have a poetry book, you can check one out from the library or find a poem online. Then practice writing one of your own.
  10. Tell a Story - Tell a story to someone that you made up OR retell a story that someone told to you. For more information about the history of storytelling, check out the National Geographic website.

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.
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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
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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
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Find fiction titles for classroom use or reading including picture books; children's chapter books; and young adult titles.
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Guide to suggested reading for all ages with reviews and other features.

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