Summer Reading 2021!

June 1st to July 31st 

Sign Up!

The Summer Reading program at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries is for all ages, from birth to 100+. 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.

Special Program Series:

This year the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) and the Watsonville Public Library (WPL) are partnering together for Book to Action and Summer Reading 2021 to provide a series of county-wide programs and events inspired by Jose Antonio Vargas’ National Bestseller, “Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.”  

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 the last two 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, or if you would like staff to log your reading for you, call our TelInfo staff at 831-427-3313 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.

  • Read 5 hours: ages 0-11 earn a NEW free book; ages 12 to 18 earn a goody tote bag; 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.

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

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