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Virtual 2020 Summer Reading Program

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Read, Investigate, and Discover this summer and join the Summer Reading Program: “Dig Deeper!” San Diego Residents of all ages are encouraged to sign up for this virtual event to dig below the surface and discover something new! Read 10 books or for 10 hours to collect prizes and complete fun at-home activities to earn digital badges. Sign up begins June 1st and the program will last through August 31st.


Program Details

  • Reading Prizes  PDF icon English | PDF icon Español
    • Prizes are now available for pick up Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at any of our 18 contactless pickup service locations.
    • Please call the pickup location in advance and our staff will prepare your prize bags. See the list of locations and phone numbers.
    • At this time, participants will receive a coupon for the free book prize. Hold on to the coupon to choose a book when we reopen. Prize bags will be available for pick up through September 30th, 2020.
  • Program Rules & Reading Log  PDF icon EnglishPDF icon Español
    Don’t have a lot of books lying around the house? Don’t fret and remember that any reading counts! Watch a storytime online or listen to an audiobook. And don’t forget about newspapers, magazines, and comic books. They all are fun ways to Dig Deeper this summer!

    • Babies & Toddlers (Ages 0-2)
    • Pre-readers (Ages 3-5)
    • Kids (Ages 6-11)
    • The Darlene Shiley Teen Summer Reading Program (Ages 12-17)
    • Adults (Ages 18+)

Library Foundation Community Read-A-Thon

Supported by Intuit
Join us in a community reading goal to read 200,000 books by the end of August. If we meet our goal, The San Diego Library Foundation and Intuit will donate $10,000 to support library youth programming. All you need to do is sign up for the Summer Reading Program and log your books and those books will automatically count towards the Read-A-Thon.


Books & Hours Read as of 8/3/2020

78% of Community Goal Complete


San Diego Air & Space Museum

Staff member at the San Diego Air & Space Museum
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Register Here
Go behind-the-scenes at the temporarily closed San Diego Air & Space Museum as we explore how we win, and lose, the fight against gravity, plus use paper to experiment with different kinds of flying, floating, and falling. This program is geared towards grades K-5, but is open and accessible to all grades and ability levels, and will include 45 minutes of facilitated programming with 15 minutes of Ask an Educator to answer your aviation questions.
Photo of an astronaut
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Register Here
Explore the newly renovated exhibit, SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure, at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, learn about life on the International Space Station, and design your own paper rocket, all from the comfort of your own home! This program is geared towards grades K-5, but is open and accessible to all grades and ability levels, and will include 45 minutes of facilitated programming with 15 minutes of Ask an Educator to answer your space questions.

Summer Reading Club Schedule

The Stay-In Summer Reading Club is a Facebook group where Library Staff and partnering organizations offer daily virtual programs for all ages including: read alouds, crafts & DIY, booktalks, and more! Our library buildings may be closed at the moment but the fun never stops in our virtual club. Join and get access to our growing collection of videos and resources.


10 a.m. Daily Storytime (Ages 0-5)

12 p.m. Lunch Bunch: Story-a-Day (Ages 6-11)

2 p.m. Create! (Ages 6-11)

Live Teen Programs (Teens)
4 p.m. | Monday | It Speaks to Me
4 p.m. | Wednesday | Create!


10 a.m. Daily Storytime (Ages 0-5)

12 p.m. Lunch Bunch: Story-a-Day (Ages 6-11)

2 p.m. | Tuesday | Art of Cartooning (Ages 6-11)
2 p.m. | Thursday | Special Guest Spotlight (Ages 6-11)

Adult Programs (Adults)
4 p.m. | Tuesday | All About Book
4 p.m. | Thursday | Create!



10 a.m. Bilingual Storytime (Ages 0-5)

12 p.m. Lunch Bunch: Story-a-Day (Ages 6-11)

2 p.m. Children's Fiction Booktalks (Ages 6-11)

4 p.m. Dig Deeper into San Diego (Adults)


10 a.m. Science Storytime (Ages 0-5)

2 p.m. Simple Science Activities (Ages 6-11)

Reading Recommendations

A special thank you to Leader GS Troop 8856, specifically Kaylee, Maya, and Amanda, for assisting with the Dig Deeper book recommendations as part of their Silver Project.

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.
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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.
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RBdigital has the largest collection of digital audiobooks; including exclusive content from Recorded Books; as well as titles from all major publishers.
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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.

Activity Resources


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