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Kern County Library's Annual Summer Reading Challenge Begins

by Vaun Thygerson
Staff writer and mother of three

Get ready to read! The Kern County Library (KCL) is taking children and teens on an adventure this summer via the annual county-wide Summer Reading Challenge (June 1 – July 31, 2016). All summer long, the KCL Summer Reading Challenge offers over 300 FREE events and programs for all ages exposing children to new skills, ideas, and learning opportunities. Events included will be reptile and puppet shows, story times, arts and crafts, and many more programs that encourage and support a love of reading. The KCL Summer Reading Challenge helps curb summer learning loss by encouraging children to read a minimum of 10 books.This is an opportunity to cultivate a child’s inherent curiosity through books, technology, and a rich variety of programs. Last year, over 20,000 children and teens attended Summer Reading Challenge events at libraries county-wide.

“Finishers” receive a free paperback book and additional incentives. This year, LEGOLAND®, Auntie Anne’s®, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Black Angus Steakhouse, Dewar’s, La Rosa Fruit Bars, Bakersfield Blaze, Condors, BJ’s®, Rubio’s® and Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc., along with other business have donated books, coupons, and vouchers as reading incentives for participating children & teens. 

To Complete the Challenge:

Read 10 books, magazines, graphic novels, audiobooks, eBooks; or for Teens, read for 10 hours.

Traditional Paper Sign-Up

• Pick up a Reading Record in person at your local Kern County Library branch.

• Record the 10 titles read on the paper Reading Record & have a parent sign it.

• Return your signed Reading Record to the library by Saturday, July 30, 2016.

Online Sign Up:

• Register for an account.

• Record the 10 titles read in the online Reading Log.

• You will be awarded with a Confirmation Badge. Print your Badge & bring it to the library by Saturday, July 30, 2016.

Once completed, you will receive a FREE paperback book, provided by the Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. & receive additional incentives, while supplies last.


Adults are invited to enter a drawing for books & other prizes, by signing up online for the Summer Reading Challenge at

Summer Challenge Kick-Off Dates and Locations

Delano Branch Library

June 1, 2016

All day registration. 11am-7pm

925 10th Avenue

Delano, CA 93215


McFarland Branch Library

June 1, 2016

3:00 pm

500 West Kern Avenue

McFarland, CA 93250


Shafter Branch Library

June 1, 2016

2:00 pm

236 James Street #2

Shafter, CA 93263


Mojave Branch Library

June 3, 2016

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

15555 O Street

Mojave, CA 93501


Kern River Valley Branch Library

June 3, 2016

2:00 pm

7054 Lake Isabella Boulevard

Lake Isabella, CA 93240


Holloway-Gonzales Branch Library

June 3, 2016

3:00 pm

506 East Brundage Lane

Bakersfield, CA 93307


Beale Memorial Library

June 4, 2016

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

701 Truxtun Avenue

Bakersfield, CA 93301


Frazier Park Branch Library

June 4, 2016

11:00 am

Los Padres National Forest

3732 Park Drive, Frazier Park, CA 93225


Rathbun Branch Library

June 4, 2016

1:00 pm

200 West China Grade Loop

Bakersfield, CA 93308


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