About Summer Reading...
Here's how to participate:
Begin reading as soon as school is out. All kids can participate by reading on their own or by listening to someone else. Earn a Summer Reading Book Buck by reading for 1 hour — you can earn up to 20. Fill in the circles to keep track of the time you spend reading. After you have signed up for Summer Reading, you can print out a temporary reading log and start recording your information. Pick up your official Summer Reading Log at any branch Library. As always, readers and non-readers may participate. Participants may complete the program only once.
2. Programs & Book Reviews
There are programs for all ages at all Library branches. For the latest updates and details about all of our programs, visit the Summer Reading Calendar of Events. Programs will be added throughout the summer, so check regularly. If a program requires preregistration, you must register online at any Library branch or from home.
You can also submit BOOK REVIEWS online!
3. Earn 'Book Bucks'
Library Programs staff will give you one Summer Reading Book Buck for each circle that is completely filled. To collect your Book Bucks, bring your completed reading log to:
- any library immediately after a scheduled program (for a list of program dates and times see the calendar)
- any library and give it to branch staff, then pick it and your Book Bucks up the following week
- the Festival of the Book at Harvey West Park
The last day to collect your Book Bucks is Sunday, July 26, 2015.
See the Participating Merchants page (or the list in the back pages of your Summer Reading Log) for the SC County Merchants who will honor your Summer Reading Book Bucks (worth $1 each in merchandise). You must bring your Summer Reading booklet and your Book Bucks to the store when you shop, so the merchant can record the amount you spend.
The last day to spend your Book Bucks is Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
4. Join the Raffle!
Trade one or all of your Book Bucks for the chance to win great prizes donated by local businesses in our annual raffle open to ALL participants in the Summer Reading Program. 1 Book Buck = 1 Raffle Ticket. Winners will be drawn the second week of August. (But don't forget to collect your Book Bucks and exchange for raffle tickets by July 26, 2015.) Winners will be notified and prizes sent to winners' local Library.
5. Visit the Kids' Book Sale!
The Summer Friends of the Library sale for children, teens and their parents will be happening on Sunday, July 26 from 1-4pm at the Festival of the Book. Teachers and child care providers are also welcome! Great selection of fiction, non-fiction, Young Adult, picture books, easy readers, vintage, arts & crafts, videos and CD/DVDs, and reference books! Most books are $1.50/lb (except specially priced sets, toys, audiovisual, and heavier items). In addition, children and teens who have completed this year's Summer Reading by earning at least one Book Buck can show their reading log to receive a free book at the sale.
The Santa Cruz City-County Library System does not discriminate against persons with disabilities. Most branches are accessible facilities. If you wish to attend a program and you will require special assistance such as sign language, a reader, or other special assistance or devices in order to attend and participate, please call the Programs Office (427-7717) seven (7) days prior to the event to make arrangements for assistance.