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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!

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

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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.

View our special Guest Readers. 

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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:

Bakersfield Condors
Blaze Pizza
Auntie Anne’s
Valley Children’s Ice Center of Bakersfield
Rubio’s Coastal Grill
Dewar’s Candy Shop
Casa Corona
City of Ridgecrest Parks & Recreation
Classic Burgers
Dollar General/ California City
Five Below
Michaels/ California City
James Sierra Gateway Markets
Kern River Brewing Co.
Pizza Barn
Pizza Factory
Something Sweet Frozen Yogurt
The Reel Cinema
John’s Incredible Pizza/ McFarland
Jack-in-the-Box/ Mojave
Karl’s Hardware
Scaled Composites
Hodel’s Country Dining
Mister Car Wash
Foster’s Freeze/ Rosamond
Guido’s Italian Restaurant
Jones Automotive
Subway/ Rosamond

Black Angus Steakhouse
Aquarium of the Pacific
California Pizza Kitchen
Indian Wells Brewing Company
Infinite Movement Academy
Maturango Museum
7-Eleven/ Taft
Acme Jewelry
Albertson’s/ Taft
Asian Experience
Bakersfield Escape Room
Black Gold Brewing Company
Bread & Butter Bakery
Buena Vista Golf Course
Cindy’s Hair Affair
Coopers True Value Home Center/ Taft
Fastrip, Taft
Fertile Earth Nursery & Garden Center
Flight Fit n Fun
Foster’s Donuts/ Taft
Fox Theatre/ Taft
Hey Girl, Go Fly
Jack’s Flower Shop
Jo’s Restaurant
Kern Raceway
La Salsa
Mi Casita
Old’s Cool

Bakersfield Train Robbers Baseball
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
Eureka Burger
La Rosa Fruit Bars
McDonald’s / Ridgecrest
Pita Fresh
Pizza Factory
OT Cookhouse and Saloon Taft
Poppy’s Melting Pot Candle Co.
Route 33 Sandwich Company
Shaw’s Western
Taft Nails
The Bank – American Pub and Eatery
The Same Place Cafe
Westside Furniture
Big Five
Carlos’ Donuts
Hitching Post Movie Theater
Jodie Waddell Laughlin Massage
Kohnen’s Country Bakery
Little Caesar’s/ Tehachapi
Red Carpet Grooming
Red House BBQ
Tammy Engle Morgage Advisor/ Tehachapi
Wizards of the Coast

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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