Summer Reading

Summer is a time when children get a break from the rigorous study and learning they do from late August to early June. Sadly, summer break also means that many children fall victim to the dreaded “summer slide.” Summer slide or summer learning loss occurs during these summer months when children simply stop learning. During the summer months, summer slide can cause a child to lose as much as 2/3 of what they have learned during the previous school year. This simply means that they return to school not on grade level as their peers who are engaged in some kind of activities which stimulates the mind to continuously learn during the summer months.

The Fresno County Public Library, along with other libraries across the country, have been fighting summer slide for over a hundred years now. This year the fight continues on with Summer at Your Library. What started out as a reading program at the library during the summer months has evolved into a summer full of fun, educational, and free programs for the entire family. Reading is still a very big component of the programs, but there are also many performers providing entertainment to kids. Learn more about programs near you below!

Fresno County Public Library

Auberry • Big Creek • Caruthers • Clovis • Easton • Firebaugh • Fowler • Fresno • Kerman • Kingsburg • Laton • Mendota • Orange Cove • Parlier • Reedley • Riverdale • San Joaquin • Sanger • Selma • Shaver Lake • Squaw Valley • Tranquillity

Avoid learning loss by keeping your body and mind healthy and active this summer by joining FCPL’s Summer at Your Library Program! Enjoy a lovely mix of virtual and in-person programs—so join FCPL for all the summer fun! Call 600-6227 for questions.

  • Performances from some old favorites and new friends in the Branches!
  • Take-and-Make crafts and virtual programs for high schoolers!
  • A wonderful mix of virtual and in-person programs for adults!
  • Digital reading programs for all ages to win fun prizes—including one for adults!

Learn more!

Kings County Library

Armona • Avenal • Corcoran • Hanford • Kettleman City • Lemoore • Stratford

“Read Beyond the Beaten Path” will take place online and in-person this year! Spend the summer with your library and Camp iRead while exploring the world through reading! Track your reading progress on Beanstack or pick up a form from any Kings County Library branch. Call 582-0261 for questions.

  • Tuesdays: Avenal at 11 a.m. and Kettleman City at 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: Lemoore at 11 a.m. and Stratford at 2:30 p.m. (Lemoore programs will be held in the Lemoore Civic Auditorium)
  • Thursdays: Hanford at 10 a.m. and Armona at 1 p.m. (Hanford programs will be held at the Hanford Civic Auditorium)
  • Fridays: Corcoran at 1 p.m.
  • Virtual performances will premiere the week after each live show and be available for seven days.

Learn more!

Madera County Library

Chowchilla • Madera • North Fork • Oakhurst

“Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” will take you to the outdoors, where you will develop new adventures from the great outdoor activities, campfires, crafts, and learn more about the outside world. Sign-up in-person or online through Beanstack to earn prizes for reading! Track your reading on Beanstack or come in and get a copy of our Action Bingo Card. Call 675-7871 for questions.

  • Fun story times!
  • Grab-and-Go activities!
  • Entertaining performers!

Learn more!

Merced County Library

Atwater • Delhi • Dos Palos • Gustine • Hilmar • Le Grand • Livingston • Los Banos • Merced • Santa Nella • Snelling • Winton

“Read Beyond the Beaten Path” Summer Reading Program 2022 will take place online and in person. Track your reading progress on Beanstack. This program is open to all ages. Participants can win the prizes. Participants can earn an entry in a Grand Prize Drawings.

  • Enjoy English and Bilingual StoryTime at the library.
  • Enjoy favorite and different performers.
  • Enjoy the variety of crafts at the library.
  • Enjoy online programs on our social media

Learn more!

Tulare County Library


Tulare Public Library will have their annual Summer Program & Reading Challenge through mid-July. For every 60 minutes you read, you earn an entry in a Grand Prize Drawing for your age group! Other prizes will be available, as well as fun activities for all ages. You can keep track of your reading online through Beanstack or on a paper log. Call 685-4500 questions.

  • Fun story times!
  • Creative crafts!
  • In-person fun!

Learn more!