The Oakland Public Library Thanks Local Businesses for Supporting the 2017 Summer Reading Program

Release Date: 
Thu, 06/22/2017

The Oakland Public Library (OPL) is a fun and engaging place to visit in the summer! Having launched our 2017 Summer Reading Programs (for children, teens, and adults) on June 10, we are encouraging everyone to finish their programs to be eligible for some fantastic prizes.

Kids’ Summer Reading offers everyone who completes the program by reading for at least 20 days a free book of their own choice, and the chance to enter a raffle for even more prizes. Teens can earn raffle entries as they complete activities on their “Teen Passport.” Details on all three summer reading programs can be found online at

“Once again, the community has rallied around the summer reading programs for Children and Teens. We’ve received some wonderful prizes – donated by local organizations – and the library staff can’t wait to award these to some lucky readers,” said Nina Lindsay, Supervising Librarian for Children’s Services. “We are extremely grateful for these donations. Some kids are really motivated by the chance to earn a special prize, and we are thrilled to have such a wide selection of prizes to offer this year.”

Through letters, email, and phone calls, a small group of OPL staff reached out to potential donors earlier in the year. Within days, the prizes started arriving: movie passes from local theatres; tickets to institutions such as the zoo, the symphony, and the ballet; gift certificates to neighborhood books stores and recreation clubs; adorable puppets; tokens good for boat rentals and pool passes; certificates for swimming lessons, martial arts classes, and circus art workshops; and much more.

Below is a full list of the donated prizes received as of June 20, 2017. Please note – not all prizes will be available at all locations.

For more information, or to learn more about contributing to the Summer Reading Programs, please contact Winifred Walters, Community Relations Manager, at 510-238-6932 or Visit the Oakland Public Library online at


2017 Summer Reading Donor List