Summer at Oakland Public Library

Summer Prizes Now Available for Pickup!

Summer Reading Logs

  • We encourage everyone to log their Summer Reading activities on Reading logs can also be returned in book drops between August 1 and August 22

Summer Reading Prize Book Pick-up

  • Prize book pick-up will take place at all sidewalk pick-up locations beginning August 10.
  • Summer Reading prize book pick-up will also take place at a few branches as pop-up events. Locations, dates, and times are listed below:
    • Elmhurst - 8/29/20, 12-4pm
    • Golden Gate - 8/29/20, 12-4pm

Raffle Prizes

  • This year’s Kids' Summer Reading grand prizes are a four-night stay for a family of four at Oakland Feather River Family Camp in Summer 2021; one family membership to Children’s Fairyland (for ages 0-4); and 17 Chromebook laptops (for ages 5-14).
  • Raffle winners will be drawn and notified after August 31st. Raffle winners will be able to pick up their prizes at a sidewalk pick-up location.  

  Art by Favianna Rodriguez of three figures

Click the logos below for more information on each program.

Kids Summer Reading Logo

 Teen Summer Passport Logo Adult Summer Reading logo


Themes (Activities to be updated throughout the summer)

Week 1 (May 30 – June 5): Kick-off to Summer 

Week 2 (June 6 – June 12): Let’s Play

Week 3 (June 13 – June 19): Health and Fitness/Wellness

Week 4 (June 20 – June 26): Art & Expression

Week 5 (June 27 – July 3): Reach Out

Week 6 (July 4 – July 10): Do-it-Yourself

Week 7 (July 11 – July 17): Celebrating Our Diversity

Week 8 (July 18 – July 24): Global Society

Week 9 (July 25 – August 1): Nature Close at Hand 

Lunch at the Library

Library branches are unavailable to be food pick-up points for the Summer Lunch program. However, three OPL branches are currently offering free meal pickup for the community until further notice. There are no eligibility requirements.

  • 81st Avenue Branch: Prepared meals pick-up; 12-2 PM; Monday/Wednesday/Friday
  • Cesar Chavez Branch: Prepared meals pick-up; 12-2 PM; Tuesday/Thursday
  • Melrose Branch: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM; Wednesday/Friday 

Please visit for additional locations and organizations that can connect you to food resources. 

Major Supporters of Summer Reading 2020  

  • Friends of the Oakland Public Library
  • Hellman Foundation
  • Kenneth Rainin Foundation
  • Oakland Athletics
  • The Bernard Osher Foundation
  • William G. Gilmore Foundation 

Interested in Supporting Summer Reading at OPL? Click here!      

Summer Reading Prize Donors

In recognition of current and past support, OPL acknowledges all generous prize donors from 2019 and 2020 below: