Summer Programs for all Ages to Begin Saturday, May 28

OPL celebrates summer with programs and prizes for all ages!

Starting May 28, people of all ages can register to participate in our annual summer programs.

Read Watch Do Summer at Oakland Public LibraryWith Kids Summer Reading, kids (0-14) who complete 20 days of reading during the summer can choose a free prize book and are eligible to win other prizes. Prize books (courtesy of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation) will be distributed beginning June 18, 2022.  The Grand Prize raffle winners will be drawn Friday, August 12, 2022.

Video PSA is available here.

In the Teen Summer Program, teens (12-17) can win prizes for doing what they already love to do: reading, writing online reviews, playing games, hanging out with friends, attending library programs, volunteering, and more. Grand prizes for teens include a Nintendo Switch Lite, a Chromebook, an electric guitar, Bose earbuds, and gift cards.

The Adult Summer Program offers adults (18+) chances to win a prize, including gift cards or vouchers to local restaurants and venues, for reviewing books and movies or logging activities. Adult Summer prizes are offered to participants 18 and over. Grand prize winners will be announced after August 6.

Beginning on Saturday, May 28, interested parties will be able to sign-up online at

In-Person Programs

This year we are excited to offer free in-person activities and programs throughout the summer at the Main Library and all library branch locations to keep the entire family engaged and entertained.

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

OPL will also offer FREE SUMMER LUNCH FOR YOUTH (ages 18 and under) at seven library locations on weekdays from May 31 until July 29.

Lunch will be offered at

  • 81st Avenue
  • César E. Chávez
  • Eastmont
  • Elmhurst
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Melrose
  • The Main Library

This program is made possible thanks to our partners at the City of Oakland Department of Human Services.


Many thanks to our 2022 prize donors:

  • The Bookmark Bookstore 
  • Children's Fairyland
  • Fenton's Creamery
  • Folkmanis 
  • The Oakland A’s 
  • The Oakland Zoo 

Special thanks to the major supporters of 2022 Summer Reading:

  • The Friends of the Oakland Public Library
  • The Friends of the Rockridge Library
  • William G. Gilmore Foundation
  • Hellman Foundation
  • Matson Foundation
  • The Oakland A’s
  • The Bernard Osher Foundation
  • Kenneth Rainin Foundation
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