2020 Summer Reading Challenge goes Virtual!

Summer Reading Registration Begins Monday, June 1st


Take the Summer Reading Challenge!

Everyone, ages 0-100, is invited to take the Summer Reading Challenge! Register for the Summer Reading Challenge through Beanstack right from your phone or computer! Read titles you choose, & finish your digital Reading Log by Friday, July 31, 2020, to receive a FREE Book from the Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. and other goodies. Register using Beanstack to track reading online or with the mobile app. (while supplies last)

Sign Up NOW!

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!

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Access Our Contactless Services!

Say Hello to Curbside!

Starting June 15, the Kern County Library will offer curbside services at select locations.

During our curbside services you can pick up requested titles, pick up genre grab bags, return previously checked out materials, & more!

Select Curbside Locations

Arvin Branch
201 Campus Drive
Tuesdays – Thursdays @ 12-6pm

Beale Memorial
701 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield
Mondays – Fridays @ 12-6pm

Delano Branch
925 10th Avenue
Mondays – Thursdays @ 12-6pm

Tehachapi Branch
212 S. Green Street
Wednesdays – Fridays @ 12-6pm

Kern River Valley Branch
7053 Lake Isabella Boulevard
Wednesdays – Fridays @ 12-6pm

Ridgecrest Branch
131 E. Las Flores Avenue
Mondays – Thursdays @ 12-6pm

Taft Branch
27 Cougar Court
Mondays – Wednesdays @ 12-6pm


Grab-N-Go Lunches

Select Grab-N-Go Lunch Locations

Ages 2-18 can pick up FREE Grab-N-Go lunches, activities, & more!

Arvin Branch
201 Campus Drive

Grab-N-Go Lunch through July 30
Tuesdays – Thursdays @ 12-1pm

Beale Memorial
701 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield

Grab-N-Go Lunch through July 31
Mondays – Fridays @ 12-1pm

Delano Branch
925 10th Avenue

Grab-N-Go Lunch
Mondays – Thursdays @ 11:30am-12:30pm

Ridgecrest Branch
131 E. Las Flores Avenue

Grab-N-Go Lunch through July 24
Mondays – Thursdays @ 11:30am-12:30pm

Taft Branch
27 Cougar Court

Grab-N-Go Lunch through August 12
Mondays – Wednesdays @ 12-1pm



Virtual Programming

During June through July 2020, all Kern County Library branches are hosting a range of programming virtual!

Discover our virtual programming schedule below!

Introduce children to the magic of books!
Storytimes help children develop a lifelong love for reading, and is an important element of early literacy skills. Children learn how to interact with books, introduces children to new words, and introduces them to new concepts.

Baby Bounce
Bilingual Storytime
Special Family Storytimes

Daily Calendar of Events & Programs
Everyone gather round!
Families are invited to experience fun special events with our wonderful partners! Discover the world of magic, puppets, LEGOs, and more through our Zoom and Facebook Live platforms.


Tue | June 23
Wed | June 24
Thu | June 25
Fri | June 26

Ooh! Ahh! Special Programming
Enjoy magic and puppets with our virtual shows!
Families can enjoy shows with our favorite Magician and Puppet Master!



Magic of Christopher Lopez

Omnipresent Puppet Theatre

Art & Crafts
Create virtually!
Create something new with virtual instruction!


Paper Crafts & More


Summer Reading Challenge at-home Activities
Enjoy our printable and video at-home activities!
Families can spend quality time together while having fun with our printable activities. 



YouTube Channel
Attend virtual events anywhere at anytime!
Check out our virtual events on YouTube! From crafts and science to how-to’s, we have fun events the whole family will love!


Virtual Arts & Crafts
Crosswords, Puzzles, and Online Games
Use your creative thinking skills and play!
Mind games like these help develop logic and problem-solving skills



What's Going On In...

Digital Escape Rooms

Exercise and Active Play
Get your wiggles out – no matter your age!
It’s easy to spend your days at home sitting around, but it’s very important to get the blood pumping and stay active. 

Family-Friendly Exercise

Language Learning
Flex your bilingual skills today!
Practice important phrases and create digital immersion in your living room. It’s never too late to begin learning! 

Library Language Learning Resources

Library of Congress
Access activities!
Read rare children’s books, record your family’s oral history with StoryCorps, or write a story or poem. The Library of Congress has curated lots of activities for your family!

Library of Congress Activities

School in your living room!
School may now be at home, but there is a wealth of resources online to help make learning fun and easy!

List of Lessons and Academic Websites

Printable Activities
Print these at home!
Play printable games, create crafts, and more — all from the comfort of your home! 

Download Printable Activities

Writing and More
Get creative and begin writing!
Access writing prompts to begin writing today! Express your opinion, begin a story, and join written conversations.

Writing Prompts

Holiday Activities
Celebrate at home!
Access activity ideas to celebrate holidays for the whole family! Join in a craft or story at home.

Coloring, Printouts, and Activities
Storybooks & Title Recommendations


Head to the zoo!
Visit the lions, the tigers, and the bears! Live cams of the animals in some of the biggest zoos, and much more!

National Parks
Head to the park!
See nature’s most amazing waterfalls, highest mountain peaks, beautiful trees and plants, and much more! *Virtually with Google Earth, supported in Firefox browser. 

Theme and Adventure Parks
Discover the magic of theme parks!
Watch Disney’s newest parade, ride some of the most exciting roller coasters, and discover online exhibits. Many of the included experience are in 4K and are 360° immersive experiences.   

Rides and Coasters


Explore the universe!
Launch rockets, build a Moon Habitat, solve spacey puzzles, go on interstellar adventures, and more!

Science is all around us!
Explore different science topics virtually. STEM includes math, technology, engineering, natural sciences, and more!

Music and Theatre
Celebrate performance art!
Get dressed up, or get dressed down and attend a virtual musical or theatrical performance!

Music for Families
Paint, create, or draw something beautiful!
Create something new with virtual instruction!


Summer Reading Challenge Kick-Off

We’ve got spirit, yes we do! We’ve got spirit, how about you?

Join us Monday, June 1 through Saturday, June 6 to Kickoff Summer Reading with our Virtual Spirit Week! Dress up, post pictures of you and your family to our Facebook page, share your pictures below in the comments, tag us @KernCountyLibrary, or use the #SRCVirtualKickoff and be featured!
Find us on Facebook!

Spirit Week Schedule

Monday, June 1 thru Saturday, June 6:

  • Monday ~ Library Card Selfie
  • Tuesday ~ Silly Hat Day
  • Wednesday ~ Bookish Clothing Day
  • Thursday ~ Dress Up Your Pet
  • Friday ~ Fancy Friday
  • Saturday ~ Dig Deeper

Tag us @KernCountyLibrary or post to our Facebook page at Kern County Library Facebook.




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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