Kids’ Summer Reading

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2021 Kids Summer Reading runs May 29 - July 31, 2021

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Reading for fun during the summer helps children maintain or improve their skills so that they are ready to start school again in the fall. 

OPL's Kids' Summer Reading rewards children for reading and doing different types of activities this Summer. Kids who participate weekly during the Summer can choose a free prize book and are eligible to win other prizes. Prize book pick up begins June 26th. Other prizes will be distributed following the end of the program.

This year’s Kids' grand prizes include a family vacation at Oakland Feather River Family Camp in summer 2022, Nintendo Switch, and a family membership to Fairyland.

We also welcome kids and families to participate in our online activities and performances throughout the summer.

Partner organizations interested in distributing reading logs, or for other information regarding Kids’ Summer Reading, please contact Laura Liang, Supervising Librarian for Children’s Services, at

Lunch at the Library

Summer Lunch 2021 will run from June 14-August 6. Lunches will be grab and go, first come first served, until meals run out at the following locations:

  • Eastmont: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30am
  • Elmhurst: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30am
  • Main Library: Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:30am
  • Melrose: Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:30am

Parents and guardians may pick up meals for multiple days without children present. There are no program requirements or paperwork to complete to benefit from the program. All kids 18 and under, and adults with disabilities enrolled in a school program can receive meals.

Chavez (Tu/Th, 11 AM) and 81st Ave. (W/F, 11 AM) are serving prepared meals on a first-come, first-served basis with no eligibility requirements through June.

Week 1 (May 29 - June 4): Kickoff to Summer

Week 2 (June 5 - June 11): Let’s Play

Week 3 (June 12 - June 18): Art & Expression

Week 4 (June 19 - June 25): Social Justice

Week 5 (June 26 - July 2): Family Pride

Week 6 (July 3 - July 9): Wellness Week

Week 7 (July 10 - July 16): Reach Out 

Week 8 (July 17 - July 23): Do-It-Yourself

Week 9 (July 24 - July 31): Nature Close at Hand 


Kids' Summer Reading is made possible by the generous support of:

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