Reading Challenges at the Los Angeles Public Library delivers fun and enriching out-of-school resources, events, and experiences to children, families, and adults.  Reading Challenges encourage year-round reading and learning for people of all ages, especially for children and teens during their extended summer, winter, and spring school breaks.

Reading Challenges offers online and in-person games, hands-on educational programming, author and illustrator talks, presentations, and performances to inspire learning, community, imagination, and creativity.  The initiative also promotes the Library’s vast free resources for people of all ages and abilities.

The Library partners with schools, out-of-school programs, parks, daycare centers, temporary housing shelters, and many other community institutions to extend the reach of Reading Challenges beyond libraries and into diverse communities.  Reading Challenges also provides free summer lunch to youth at select libraries in neighborhoods with high numbers of children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year.

For more information on Reading Challenges, visit  For information about the Your Author Series, which connects children and teens to Children and Young Adult authors and illustrators, visit

The Reading Challenges at the Los Angeles Public Library is supported by the generosity of:

  • The Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund
  • Council of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles/Literary Feasts
  • Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
  • California State Library
  • Marjorie Luttenbacher
  • The Walter J. & Holly O. Thomson Foundation
  • Maxwell H. and Muriel S. Gluck Foundation
  • Flora Thornton Endowment
  • Walt Disney Company
  • The Albert Parvin Foundation
  • The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
  • Cheryl Petersen and Roger Lustberg