Summer Reading 2022

June 1st to July 31st 

The Summer Reading program at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries is for all ages, from birth to 100+. We encourage parents to sign up too! Parents who read at home demonstrate to their kids & teens that reading is important & fun. And just 5 hours of reading earns the Adults' tote bag for your family. 

Read and complete activities to earn virtual badges, books, and raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes. You can sign up online for a Beanstack account any time. Our Summer Reading Program sign ups begin June 1st. You may also pick up a paper log at any of our branches beginning June 1st.    

How it works:

This year we will be using a program called Beanstack to keep track of Summer Reading Program participation. With Beanstack, you can log your reading minutes and activities online or with the Beanstack Tracker app on a smart phone or tablet. If you participated in our Summer Reading Program in any of the last three years, then you probably already have a Beanstack account. We will also be offering a paper reading log for those who would like to keep track of their reading offline. For a full set of Beanstack instructions, see the document "Program Instructions - English" on the Quick Links side bar menu.

If you need help creating a Beanstack account, remembering your Beanstack username and password, or if you would like staff to log your reading for you, call our TelInfo staff at 831-427-7713 or email

All types of reading minutes count:

  • Read print materials such as books, graphic novels, magazines and newspapers
  • Read E-books and other online resources
  • Listen to audiobooks
  • Read to or be read to by someone else
Activity Badges:

In addition to reading, there are 10 activities you can complete to earn additional raffle entries. 


Sign up: kids & teens to age 18 earn an Atlantis Fantasyworld coupon good for one item from a special selection of books; ages 19+ who sign up in Beanstack by June 17th will be entered into a drawing to win tickets to Santa Cruz Shakespeare.  Drawing will take place the week of June 21st.

  • Read 5 hours: ages 0-11 earn a NEW free book; ages 12 to 18 earn a goody backpack; ages 19+ earn a tote bag.
  • Read 10 and 15 hours: all ages earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize from our drawing.
  • Read 20 hours: ages 0-18 earn a free scoop of ice cream from Penny Ice Creamery; ages 19+ earn a raffle ticket to a grand prize drawing for a family membership to the Monterey Bay Aquarium or a family membership to the Museum of Art and History.
  • Complete 5  and 10 activities: all ages earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize from our drawing.

  • Important Dates:

    The last day to log reading or activities is July 31st.

    The last day to pick up prizes is August 13th.

    Raffle prize winners will be notified in early August by email or phone.

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    • James Henry's House of Samba Kids at Scotts Valley Community Center
      Sat, June 25 (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
      Location: Offsite
      Room: Offsite - see event description for location

      James Henry, master percussionist, has traveled the world and incorporates cultural wisdom from across the globe into his performances. Expect to dance, sing, and be transported to many areas of th...

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    • James Henry's House of Samba Kids at Felt Street Park
      Sat, June 25 (2:00 PM-3:00 PM)
      Location: Live Oak
      Room: Offsite - see event description for location

      Join us at the Felt Street County Park (1904 Felt St, Santa Cruz, CA 95062) for an afternoon of drums and dance!  James Henry, master percussionist, has traveled the world and incorporates cul...

    • Let's Dye! Shibori Workshop with Peopleologie at Felton Branch Library
      Tue, June 28 (11:00 AM-1:00 PM)
      Location: Felton
      Room: Patio

      Transform a piece of plain white cotton into a unique shibori-style resist-dyed art work and wall hanging, while weaving together history, science, math, and folk art.  It’s always a sur...

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    • Decorate a Book Bag!
      Tue, June 28 (1:00 PM-2:00 PM)
      Location: Garfield Park

      We provide all of the materials for you to decorate your very own book bag to carry your books this summer. Leave the mess at the library!

    • Seed Balls: Plant It! with Peopleologie
      Tue, June 28 (2:30 PM-4:00 PM)
      Location: La Selva Beach
      Room: La Selva Beach Branch Library

      Make the world a little greener with your own Seed Balls, small bundles of seed and compost!  Peopleologie promotes cultural literacy, celebrates community, and builds connections to the world...