Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Program


Summer is for Reading and Fun.

This year's
 theme is "Read for the Win!" so our library programs will include lots of sports stories and games, as well as magic, juggling, dancing, singing, and arts and crafts activities.  Check the library calendar for special programs!

Children, teens, and adults!

All are welcome to join this free program by tracking their reading and related activities from June 1 to August 13. You can pick up a reading log at any library branch throughout the summer.

This year we’re making a few changes

  • Adults are encouraged to join in.
  • Participants (except for the youngest listeners) will track their reading by the amount of time spent rather than by number of books read.
  • Participants are asked to tell stories, teach a song to a friend, or complete similar activities in addition to reading.
  • There's a community goal. Together, can Humboldt County's Summer Reading Program read 20,000 books?

Pick the reading log for your age category:

Wee Readers, for children ages 0-5
- Read or hear 20 books to win

Kids, ages 5 to about 12
- Read 10 hours to win

Teens, ages 13 or so and up
- Read 15 hours to win

Adults, ages 18 or so and up
- Read 15 hours to win

Read more!
Count all the books you read if you're inspired to

Although most participants complete their reading logs by recording time spent reading, please count or estimate how many books each person read.

Our joint goal is for Summer Reading participants in Humboldt County to read 20,000 books together.

Can we do it? Only with your help!

Turn in your reading logs and tell us how many books you read. We’ll let you know how many books we all read together.

Prizes - for Wee Readers, Kids and Teens

Winners receive a simple prize, which may be a coupon for a personal pizza from Round Table Pizza or a sandwich from McDonald’s.  One prize of this kind is available per reader.

Check at your branch library to learn whether there may be other prizes available as well.
Thanks to Our Sponsors

The Summer Reading Club
is sponsored by:

  • The Friends of the Redwood Libraries
  • McDonald’s
  • Humboldt Area Foundation
  • St Joseph’s Health, Humboldt County
  • The Melvin & Grace McLean Foundation
  • The Patricia D. and William B. Smullin Foundation
  • Humboldt Sponsors
  • Round Table Pizza
  • Look for Additional Sponsors on Branch Library Pages 
We thank these sponsors for their generous support of literacy -- a gift that lasts a lifetime.


Sat. June 4, 11:00 a.m. Arcata Library 
Magician Dale Lorzo

Tue. June 7, 10:30 a.m. Hoopa Kim Yerton Library 
Magician Dale Lorzo

Thurs. June 9, 4:00 p.m. Garberville Library  Magician Dale Lorzo

Sat. June 11, 1:00 p.m. Trinidad Library 
Sean Powers and his Shadow Puppets

Sat. June 18, 11:00 a.m.
Willow Creek Library, Storyteller Carpathian

Sat. June 18, 11:30 a.m.
Rio Dell Library 
Sean Powers and his Shadow Puppets

Sat, June 18, 12:00 p.m. Fortuna Library 
Juggler & Storyteller Ross Mackinney

Sat. June 18  McKinleyville Library  Juggler and storyteller Ross Mackinney   

Tues. June 21, 7:30 pm, Ferndale Library
Juggler and storyteller Ross Mackinney

Sat, June 25, 1:00 p.m. Eureka Library 
Songs & Stories with Renée Saucedo & Giancarlo Campagna

Fri, July 8, 11:00 a.m.
Blue Lake Library  Juggler and storyteller Ross Mackinney

Summer Reading Club Crafts, Stories, and Special Programs:

All children are invited to participate in Summer Reading Club story and craft programs at the Main Library or any library branch as their family's schedule permits. 

See the Children's Events Calendar for programs at the Main Library, and visit branch web pages or look at the entire library calendar to see programs at branch libraries.