Diane Cowen

831–427–7706 ext 7763

Santa Cruz Public Libraries 2017 Summer Reading Program:


An Events & Reading Incentives Program for Babies, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, and Adults!

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ (SCPL) Summer Reading Program; READING BY DESIGN begins June 1 and runs through August 18th. In addition to providing reading incentives for youth ages 0–17, SCPL offers LIBRARY BINGO for adults, who are encouraged to complete 5 activities on a library bingo card for chances in a county wide raffle.

This year’s theme, READING BY DESIGN, celebrates our ability to create wonders from our imaginations. From arts and crafts, to science and technology, we invite the entire county to spend the summer discovering a wide range of fun and educational experiences.

Participants are encouraged to read books of their own choosing, listen to audio books, or be read to. Young participants set their own goals and complete as much or as little of the 20-hour incentive program as they wish. Adults have their choice of fun activities featured in LIBRARY BINGO. Incentive prizes are available for all age groups. Young participants may earn up to twenty “BOOK BUCKS,” one for each hour of reading (or listening) logged. BOOK BUCKS may be ‘spent’ on goods and services at dozens of local businesses. For the full list of business sponsors go to Participants may sign up beginning June 1st in person at any branch Library, on the Bookmobile, or online at

In 2016, Summer Reading Program participants earned over 35,000 BOOK BUCKS, an average of over 18 hours of reading per reader. Local businesses donated approximately $30,000 in goods and services to support reading and learning in Santa Cruz! One parent surveyed in 2016 reported, “Its easy, fun, my kids love being read to, and we had a fun “spend our book bucks” day out together while also spending additional money supporting local businesses and trying new ones.”

Summer Reading is made possible through the California State Library, the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, and iREAD ( resources. All ages may register for the program starting June 1st at any one of our 10 branch libraries, the bookmobile, or online at

FREE Programs @your library

READING BY DESIGN features an extensive line-up of special events for people of all ages at branch library locations throughout the county. In 2016, over 8,000 participants attended more than 240 free programs at neighborhood libraries. Programs this year include a series of workshops by Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center, film screenings, gardening workshops, Jungle James, magicians, crafts, a sand castle workshop, puppet theater, a visit with Oliver the Parrot, and more!

Festival of the Book:

The annual Festival of the Book, celebrating reading for all in Santa Cruz, will feature Acrobatic Storytelling by Nikki Borodi, a Tales to Tails dog, face painting, crafts, and a Kids OnlyBook Sale. All children who participate in the Summer Reading Program receive a free book at the festival. This year, light snacks will be provided instead of a hot dog. Join us at Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen St • Sun, July 30th • 1–4pm.

WHY do we do this?

Summer reading programs help prevent learning loss. Reading for pleasure is essential for learners of all ages to become better readers, writers and critical thinkers. Reading just five books a summer can prevent ‘summer slide’ (

More than 80% of parents surveyed in 2016 “strongly agreed” with the statement that they would recommend the summer reading program to others. One parent said, “I think it is a great incentive for those kids who don’t choose to read on their own. My stepson isn’t a reader, but this program helped to motivate him. He read Hatchet and really enjoyed the book. For him, filling in the reading program paper was a great way to acknowledge his hard work. My daughter, who loves reading, looks forward to the program every summer. It’s a great reward for doing something she already loves to do!”

Take a look at our video PSA on Community Television at


The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) facilitates access to information, education, and inspiration through a network of 10 neighborhood library branches, a Bookmobile and many community-based outreach programs. Branch locations include Aptos, Boulder Creek, Branciforte, Capitola, Downtown, Felton, Garfield Park, La Selva Beach, Live Oak and Scotts Valley. Learn more about SCPL at or via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.

Diane Cowen
Communications Manager
Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Tel: 831.427.7706 x 7763
I work Monday — Thursday

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Text SCPL to 66746 for instructions!