VIDEO: Join the Summer Reading Challenge at a County Library

Video by Andy Tolley

Summer is officially underway at the San Diego County Library. Residents of all ages are invited to take the Summer Reading Challenge. Participants are awarded prizes based on the number of activities they complete. The more they read, the better their chance at winning prizes.

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is Reading Takes you Everywhere, and all 33 County branches are hosting fun activities through August 31 to celebrate, including live performances and animal programs.

“The Summer Reading Challenge encourages kids, teens, and adults to read and participate in library events throughout the summer,” said County Library Deputy Director Susan Moore. “Our libraries provide access to endless inspiration and transformational experiences without having to leave the comfort of the community.”

The program is particularly valuable for kids and teens as it encourages students to read over the summer. Research shows that reading during the summer prevents the “summer slide,” a term that refers to the tendency for students to lose some of the achievements they gained during the school year.

You can sign up and track your goals online, or do it in person and get a paper reading log at any local County branch or bookmobile. For locations and a complete list of summer library events, visit