2021 Summer Reading Challenge

2021 Summer Reading Challenge Color Your World

Reading Colors Your World

Take the Summer Reading Challenge

This Summer spend time exploring humanity, nature, culture, and science, through books and creative activities. At the Kern County Library, we encourage you to be creative, try new things, explore art, and find beauty in diversity. 

Everyone, ages 0-100

Read books, eBooks, graphic novels or magazines; or listen to an audiobook or eAudiobook – it all counts!

Visit our eLibrary to check out eBooks and eAudiobooks. 


Participants can log books, hours, and activities online by registering at –> Beanstack or by completing the paper log linked below.

English   |   Spanish

Print from home or stop by any Kern County Library offering services to pick up your reading log.

Reading artists receive (while supplies last):
✴ A FREE book from the Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc.
✴ A FREE bookmark, and digital badges when you log online.

(*while supplies last)

What You Need to Know

about the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge

Challenge Options

Choose the challenge that best fits your reading goals!
10 books  |  Read 10 books to your child or to yourself & turn in your reading log.
10 HOURS  |   Read for 10 hours to your child or yourself & turn in your reading log.
Complete your challenge by July 31st to become a reading artist.

P.S. Summer Reading is for Adults too!

When parents model reading, it helps show children there’s enjoyment in reading and purpose in learning. When adults read for themselves, they enjoy a range of benefits including enhanced empathy toward others, a reduction in stress, a lower blood pressure and heart rate, and it also prevents cognitive decline as you age!

Why Participate?

Parents can keep children and teens learning and engaged all Summer long! The Kern County Library Summer Reading Challenge encourages youth to read what they want over the Summer months, which helps instill a love of recreational reading. Numerous studies show that those who read for fun during the Summer out-perform others once back in school. After over a year of distance learning, reading at home becomes even more vital to the success of children. The KCL Summer Reading

Challenge offers FREE virtual events and programs for all ages, exposing residents to new skills, ideas, and learning opportunities.

2021 Kern County Library Summer Reading Challenge

Download our SRC Go-To-Guide!

Discover everything you need to know about our 2020 Summer Reading Challenge. From virtual events & programs, Curbside Services, Grab-N-Go lunches and more!


for the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge

Access Virtual Programming

All Library virtual programming can be accessed on Library Facebook pages. On Facebook, upcoming events are listed in Events, current events are in the Newsfeed, & archived events are available in the Videos section of the page.

Follow the Library at Facebook.com/KernCountyLibrary. All Branch handles below.

Event Highlights

Family Storytime​

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, & fun for the whole family.

Arvin Branch  |  Wednesdays @ 1pm
Beale Memorial  |  Mondays & Fridays @ 2pm
Delano Branch  |  Wednesdays @ 4pm
Kern River Valley Branch  |  Fridays @ 3:30pm
Rathbun Branch  |  Thursdays @ 3pm
Ridgecrest Branch  |  Thursdays @ 10:30am
Rosamond Branch  |  Tuesdays @ 10am
Southwest Branch  |  Mondays @ 1pm
Tehachapi Branch  |  Fridays @ 11:30am

Carry Out Crafts

Stop by most library branches weekly to pick up take-home crafts. Crafts range from paper plate rainbows to pasta necklaces, and much more.

Book Cafe

Join us online for a live book discussion. Watch on Facebook or pre-register to join.

June 22 @ 3pm
The Van Gogh Deception by Deron Hicks

July 27 @ 3pm
Behind the Canvas by Alexander Vance

June 8 @ 5pm
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

TBD July 13 @ 5pm

June 11 @ 5pm
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

July 9 @ 5pm
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

June 16 @ 5pm
The Persian Pickle Cubby Sandra Dallas

TBD July 21 @ 5pm

TBD June 28 @ 5pm

July 26 @ 5pm
White Trash by Nancy Isenberg

Communal Art Projects

Stop by the Library anytime during open hours in June & July to contribute your artists touch to our communal art projects. ​

Arvin Branch  |  Reading Colors Our World, Chalk Colors Our Sidewalk
Beale Memorial  | Scratch Paper Mural
Delano Branch  | Reading Colors Our World, Chalk Colors Our Sidewalk
Kern River Valley Branch  | Art Competition
Rathbun Branch  | Book Quilt
Ridgecrest Branch  | Paper Quilt
Rosamond Branch  | Reading Colors Our World, Chalk Colors Our Sidewalk
Shafter Branch  |  Butcher Paper Mural
Southwest Branch
  | Mosaic Puzzle Pieces
Taft Branch  |  Spoonful of Color
Tehachapi Branch  | Scratch Paper Rainbows
Wasco Branch  |  Butcher Paper Mural 

Arvin Branch   |  Flower Wall
Beale Memorial  |  Rainbow Chains
Delano Branch  |  Vegetable Prints
Ridgecrest Branch  |  Puzzle Pieces
Rosamond Branch  |  Rainbow Handprints
Taft Branch  |  Puzzle Pieces

One-On-One Tech Help

Learn how to download eBooks to your mobile device, as well as es-sential skills for using a computer & setting up an email address. By Appointment.

Job Seeker Assistance

Get help with preparing your resume, practice for a mock interview, or get help accessing the Library’s Job Seeker Toolkit and resources. By Appointment.

Calendar Of Events

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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.

Friends of the Kern County Library

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