When school is out for the summer, the Los Angeles Public Library’s ever-popular Summer at the Library program is here to activate learning for tens of thousands of children, teens, and families—at no cost.
This year’s program, themed “Reading by Design,” takes an especially creative approach to hands-on learning, including over 450 STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) workshops—from designing electronic greeting cards and LED flowers, to experimenting with robotics and coding, to exploring the natural habitats of insects and terrariums, and more.The increased STEAM programming is just one of the innovative ways that Summer at the Library is preparing kids for success in school and life. The Summer Lunch at Library program offers delicious free lunches specially designed for kids and teens ages 5-18, and through a renewed partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, Dodger players and alumni will share stories with children this summer.
Also, the Library is expanding last year’s hugely successful pilot Summer Authors Series, which brought acclaimed children and young adult authors and illustrators to libraries to share stories, provide insights into their career paths, and interact with students. The series kicked off in June with a special event at Lil’ Libros with Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein.
The Summer Authors Series will increase to 47 programs with more authors visiting more branches across the city. Here are just a few of the upcoming citywide events and you can check out the full calendar here:
Summer at the Library takes place from June 12-August 5, providing 1,450 programs to 50,000 people. Learn more at lapl.org/summer.