This event is scheduled June 8-August 10, 2024.

Central Coast readers of all ages are invited to participate in a Summer Reading challenge and other free events and activities at County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries this summer.

Summer Reading is an annual challenge where participants read books to earn prizes. This year’s program runs from June 8 to August 10.

“Every summer, thousands of kids and teens track their reading and share their progress with us,” according to Erica Thatcher, engagement and marketing coordinator for the libraries. “We hope even more kids and families will unplug and relax with books this summer. Reading during summer break will help kids be ready for the upcoming school year, too.”

For every three books they read, kids earn a spin on a prize wheel. Teens receive a book bag and book to keep. Adults can also track their reading to win a book bag.

Readers also are invited to participate in the Quail Quest—a challenge to visit any or all the libraries 14 times over the summer. “We have a cute enamel quail pin for the first 500 people who complete the Quail Quest,” Thatcher says.

Libraries also will be hosting free events including a reptile show, a symphony instruments “petting zoo,” and boba tea book clubs for teens.

This year’s Summer Reading is sponsored by the SLO County Library Foundation and Friends of the Library groups from Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Oceano, Santa Margarita, and Shell Beach.

County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries connect community members to creativity, culture, and knowledge by offering free access to books, multimedia materials, and lifelong learning resources at its physical locations and online.