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11 Free Reading Programs To Fight Summer Learning loss

One of the best things you can do with your child during the summer is read. (And remember, reading independently is just as important as reading together.) To keep kids motivated during the summer in Los Angeles, there are several free summer reading programs that help kids stay accountable for their reading minutes. Here are 11 Summer Reading Programs in and Around Los Angeles. 

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Glendale Public Library System – Reading Takes You Everywhere
all branches

The Glendale Public Library System is hosting its summer reading program from June 10th through August 20th. Families can pick up a Summer Reading Program BINGO board (offered in three age categories). Readers set a goal and complete the activities in a row on the BINGO card. Once your BINGO board is complete, exchange it for a book prize!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program
several locations including
The Americana at Brand
210 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

Barnes and Noble makes it super-easy for kids (in grades 1-6) to earn a free book this summer. The program has already begun so families can pick up a “journal” in store or you can download one online. Children then read eight books of their choosing, write down their favorite part of each book, and then exchange the completed journal for a brand new book from Barnes and Noble (from a list of books on the journal). Exchange your summer reading journal for a new book between August 1st and August 31st. 

Los Angeles Public Library Summer Reading Challenge
all branches

The Los Angeles Public Library System invites readers of all ages to participate in its Summer Reading Challenge. The program runs from June 10th through August 10th. Children earn points for books read, reviews written, and library events attended. Points eventually convert into prizes. You can register at your nearest library branch or online. 

Pasadena Public Library – It’s Showtime at Your Library
All Branches including
Central Library
285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101

If you’re closer to Pasadena, take advantage of the summer reading program being offered at the Pasadena Public Library system. The program began June 8th and continues through August 3rd. Readers of all ages (children, teens, adults) are welcome to participate. Record your reading and win prizes throughout the summer. 

Los Angeles County Library Summer Reading and Discovery Program
all branches

Los Angeles County Libraries host their summer reading program, “It’s Showtime at Your Library.” The program began June 1st and continues through August 3rd. Every member of the family can participate from babies to teens to adults. Families can register online or in their nearest library branch. Readers earn points for reading books and “completing missions” and then earn rewards and a certificate of completion.  

Reading Rewards with Chuck E. Cheese’s
several locations including
6901 La Tijera Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Keep track of your child’s reading this summer with a special free, downloadable Chuck E. Cheese Reward Calendar. Once your child has completed their 2-week calendar, bring it into your nearest Chuck E. Cheese’s location to receive 10 free play points as a reward.

Beverly Hills Library – It’s Showtime at Your Library
444 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The Beverly Hills Library invites readers of all ages to participate in its summer reading program “It’s Showtime at Your Library.” The program began May 22nd and continues through August 18th. You can register online or in person (and you don’t have to be a Beverly Hills resident to obtain a library card). Readers keep track of hours read, earning prizes along the way. There are also special programs held throughout the summer — Terrific Tuesdays for children up to 3rd grade and Tween/Teen Thursdays for students entering 4th to 12th grades.

Altadena Libraries – A Universe of Stories
Two locations including
Main Library
600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena, CA 91001

The Altadena Libraries invite families to “dream big and explore ‘a universe of stories.’ “ Celebrate summer as well as the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo Moon Landing with a special summer reading program. Enjoy space-themed activities and special programs, wonderful stories, prizes, and more. 

10th Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest

The 10th Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest is being held from June 14th through August 23rd. This easy-to-do contest is designed for teenagers. Each week, teens from around the world are invited to select “something in The Times that has sparked their interest” and then explain why. Times newsroom judges will then select a few responses each week and publish them online. Details about the contest are available online. 

Santa Monica Public Library – A Universe of Stories
Five locations including
Main Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA

Beginning June 15th, families can sign up in a Santa Monica Public Library Branch for their summer reading program, A Universe of Stories. Discover new books, read old favorites, attend summer activities, record your reading, and earn prizes along the way.  

Burbank Public Library Summer Reading Program
Three branch locations including
Burbank Central Library
110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502

Family members are invited to participate in the Burbank Library’s “A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program from June 3rd through July 12th. Whether your little reader hasn’t yet started preschool, is a high schooler, or somewhere in between, children (and adults) of all ages can participate. Readers enter book reports and earn prizes along the way. Additionally, libraries will be hosting special events and/or performances  throughout the summer. 



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