Summer Programs at the Oakland Public Library to Start Saturday, May 25

All ages are invited to participate in this year's summer reading and programs

Summer Events for All Ages

The Oakland Public Library's  summer calendar is packed with activities for all ages. From hands-on science exploration to magic shows for kids, to cooking and jewelry making workshops for teens, and gardening and crafting projects for adults, there’s something for everyone to learn and explore.

Visit or to find out what programs are happening near you! 

We are pleased to also offer Lunch at the Library, providing free lunch for ages 18 and under, Weekdays from May 28-August 2, 12pm-1pm (excluding the Tuesday, July 4 holiday) at the following library locations:

Kids Summer Reading
Kids (0-14) who complete 20 days of reading during the summer can choose a free book and earn the chance to win other prizes. Kids and families can join a variety of summer programs throughout the summer to stay engaged, entertained, and motivated to reach their reading goals.

Check out our Summer Program PSA

Teen Summer Program

Teens (12-17) can win prizes for doing what they already love to do: reading, attending library events, playing games, writing online reviews, volunteering, and hanging out with friends. Prizes include a Nintendo Switch Lite, a Chromebook, a Michael Kors backpack, and more.

Adult Summer Program

Yes, Summer Reading is for adults too! Adults (18+) can review books and movies or complete activities to earn chances to win in the prize raffles. Adult prizes include spa gift cards, turntable, and grocery cards.

To participate, signup starting Saturday, May 25 at any OPL location or online:

With Gratitude
Many thanks to our 2024 prize donors:

Special thanks to the major supporters of 2024 Kids’ Summer Reading:

  • Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation
  • The Friends of the Oakland Public Library
  • The Friends of the Rockridge Library
  • William G. Gilmore Foundation
  • Hellman Foundation Fund
  • Matson Foundation
  • The Bernard Osher Foundation
  • Kenneth Rainin Foundation
  • Lunch at the Library: a project of the California State
    Library, supported with funds from the State of California

About the Oakland Public Library 

The Oakland Public Library is a part of the City of Oakland in California and has been in existence since 1878. Locations include 16 neighborhood branches, a Main Library, a Second Start Adult Literacy Program, the Oakland Tool Lending Library, and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO). The Oakland Public Library empowers all people to explore, connect, and grow. 

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