Some of the Los Angeles Public Library’s longest operating programs are its annual Reading Challenges which strengthen the reading skills of children and teens and motivate them to continue learning all year long. These programs inspire a love of reading in youth and their families and reinforce the incredible value of the public library as a lifelong tool for learning.

Every year, the program features a new theme to attract youth and their families, encourage them to explore their local library, and participate in fun and educational activities. The theme for summer 2018 is “Reading Takes You Everywhere” which will encourage participants to connect, learn, read, and explore their community and beyond. Librarians invite authors, artists, magicians, musicians, storytellers, scientists, and puppeteers to perform at Central Library and the 72 neighborhood branches. Every participant who enrolls in Summer Reading Club receives a game board to keep track of the books they read and the activities they complete. Participants earn prizes by completing reading and activity challenges.

As part of the Summer Reading Challenge, in particular, the Los Angeles Public Library partners with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to provide free lunches to youth (0-18) at select Library locations. In 2017, 14 branches served meals and offered fun and enriching activities for participants including engineering with KEVA Planks, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) experiments, karaoke, building with Lego sets, and puppet shows.

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

  • Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
  • California Library Association
  • Marjorie Luttenbacher
  • The Walter J. & Holly O. Thomson Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee
  • Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • The Albert Parvin Foundation
  • Hitachi Southern California Regional Community Action Committee
  • The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
  • Collective Impact

To learn more about funding opportunities for Summer Reading Club, please contact Imani Harris, Senior Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, at 213.292.6243 or [email protected].


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