Hundreds of FREE Events Everyday!

Summer Reading Pre-Registration NOW Open*

*Pre-Registration will only be taking place online, via the Beanstack platform. In-person registration opens on June 1st.

The Summer Reading Challenge (June – July) is the Kern County Library’s annual summer learning, reading, and exploration program for all ages and abilities. No library card? No problem! All of Kern County is invited to the red carpet!

Log In to Beanstack   Help California libraries reach #OneMillionReaders this Summer!

Set the Scene: Go backstage; take the Summer Reading Challenge!

Register Online

Award Winner: Win awards when you reach reading goals.

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World-class readers receive (while supplies last):

  • A FREE book from the Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc.
  • A FREE bookmark, and digital badges when you use Beanstack.
  • Other unique prizes for your epic performance.

Make An Appearance: Attend hundreds of FREE events countywide.

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  • Join us as we Kickoff Showtime at your Library!
  • Take a seat in the audience for storytimes and performances.
  • Be amazed by magic and melodrama!
  • Let your artistic abilities shine at daily crafts and activities.
  • Printable copies of our Brochure of Events.

In the Limelight: Attend Lunch at the Library.

Discover Locations

  • Eat, laugh, and learn at select library locations.
  • Seats are FREE for ages 2-18, unless otherwise noted.
  • Enjoy the special feature: different shows or activities daily.

Bigger and Better: Kick off Summer Reading with Touch-A-Truck and other celebrations.

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Join us at the Beale Memorial Library on Saturday, June 1st at 9am – 12pm:

  • Get excited; Summer is here! Let’s celebrate!
  • Explore dozens of exciting County & community vehicles.
  • Register for the Summer Reading Challenge.

Join Our Celebrity Guests: Meet local and County leaders at our Guest Reader Series.

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  • Meet and greet opportunities at your local Kern County Library branch.
  • Special feature: stories and more.

Baby, Come Back: Amnesty at the Library.

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  • Want a clean slate? Participate in our Amnesty Program.
  • Read, donate, and return unreturned materials.
  • Exceptions may apply.

Create: Book to Screen.

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Do you have a favorite book you wish was made into a movie? Envision it and create your own movie poster!

  • June & July 2019 | All Library Branches

Paparazzi Time: Selfie Stations.

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Show everyone how #awesome the Library is by taking selfies at our Selfie Station and Photo Booth. Don’t forget to tag us! #kclshowtimeselfie

  • June & July 2019 | All Library Branches

Reading Incentives & Support for the Summer Reading Challenge were generously donated by the following:

Casa Corona
City of Ridgecrest Parks & Recreation
Classic Burgers

Indian Wells Brewing Company
Infinite Movement Academy
Maturango Museum

McDonald’s / Ridgecrest
Pita Fresh
Pizza Factor / Ridgecrest

A special thanks to the Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. and individual branch Friends’ groups for their support of the Summer Reading Challenge.


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