Hundreds of FREE Events Everyday!

Summer Reading Registration Begins Friday, June 1st

in-person at ALL Kern County Library branches!*

How Parents Can Keep Children & Teens Learning & Engaged All Summer Long!

The Kern County Library Summer Reading Challenge encourages children and teens 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. The KCL Summer Reading Challenge offers hundreds of FREE events and programs for all ages, exposing residents to new skills, ideas, and learning opportunities.

Help California libraries reach #OneMillionReaders this Summer!

*Sign-up is only available in-person & is no longer available online. 

Take the Summer Reading Challenge!
Everyone, ages 0-100, is invited to take the Summer Reading Challenge! Pick up a Reading Log at your local Kern County Library branch, read titles you choose, & turn in your Reading Log by Tuesday, July 31, 2018 to receive a FREE Book from the Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. and other goodies.
(while supplies last)

Printable Reading Logs:
Children (Eng/Span), Tweens & Teens (Eng/Span), & Adults (Eng/Span)

Check out our online calendar for event listings,
OR View our Printable Brochures:

  1. Arvin / Lamont
  2. Bakersfield
  3. Boron / California City / Mojave / Rosamond
  4. Buttonwillow
  5. Frazier Park
  6. Delano / McFarland / Shafter / Wasco
  7. Kern River Valley / Wofford Heights
  8. Ridgecrest
  9. Taft
  10. Tehachapi

Special Events & Programs:

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

7-Eleven / Taft
Ace Hardware
Adventist Health Ice Center of Bakersfield
American Kids Sports Center
AMC Bakersfield 6
Auntie Anne’s
Bakersfield Condors
Bakersfield Train Robbers
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
Black Angus Steakhouse
Blaze Pizza
Buffalo Wild Wings
California Living Museum
California Pizza Kitchen
Chipotle Mexican Grill
City of Ridgecrest Parks & Recreation Department
Classic Burgers

Coffee Mill Cafe
Coopers True Value Home Center
Cracked Egg Cafe
Fastrip / Taft
Foster’s Donuts
Foster’s Freeze
Fox Theater / Taft
Golden Queen / Mojave
Home Depot / Taft
Infinite Movement Academy
Jack in the Box / Ridgecrest
James Sierra Gateway Markets
John’s Incredible Pizza
Kern County Fair
Kern River Tours, Inc.
La Rosa Fruit Bars
Little Caesar’s / Taft
McDonald’s / Ridgecrest

McDonald’s / Taft
OT Cookhouse
Pizza Hut / Taft
Pizza Factory
Poppy’s Melting Pot / Taft
Recurrent Energy
Ridgecrest Cinemas Ltd.
Rollerama West
Root’s Eatery / Taft
Route 33 Sandwich
Rubio’s Coastal Grill
Scaled Composites
Sparkle Bright Pool & Spa Service / Taft & Tehachapi
Starbucks / Ridgecrest
State Farm (Julie Frank)
Westside Recreation & Park District

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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