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Kids' Stuff: Summer Reading Program

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Summer Reading Quick Links & Information

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2021 SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Saturday, June 19 - Saturday, July 31, 2021

The Huntington Beach Public Library's "Reading Colors Your World" Summer Reading Program begins on June 19! Readers of all ages can participate in the Summer Reading Challenge to log their reading, earn prizes and badges, and enjoy reading books and eBooks throughout the summer. Besides reading and earning prizes, people of all ages can also enjoy a variety of special activities - most from the comfort of home. We'll be hosting Creativity Corner art projects for families, virtual storytimes, Cooking Live! demonstrations, virtual book clubs, art classes, author talks, and more! Families can also register to reserve preschool, elementary, and teen activity kits for pickup from the Central Library throughout the summer, available while supplies last. All prizes are while supplies last.

Please know that your health and safety are our top priorities. We continue to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19 and hope that everyone can enjoy Summer Reading 2021 safely!

Recommended Reads

This Week's Take Home Kits for Kids

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Summer Activities for Everyone

Use the tabs to explore programs by age group!

Summer Reading Challenge

June 19 - July 31, 2021.
Register online at www.hbpl.beanstack.com.

This summer, HBPL challenges people of all ages to read 20 minutes every day. Register for the challenge online to receive a summer reading button, then track your reading from June 19 through July 31 using our online tracker or a paper reading log (available online or at any HBPL branch). Complete the challenge by July 31 to receive a free book and a challenge winner button, featuring artwork from Oliver Jeffers and Herve Tullet! 

All prizes are while supplies last.

 

                                                    Teens: visit the Teen tab to see how you can earn raffle tickets toward additional prizes!


Meet a Book Designer with Aurora Parlagreco

Thursday, June 24, 4:00 PM; online event via Zoom.
Join us for an exciting talk about how a book cover goes from an idea to beautiful design, and meet Aurora Parlegreco, Associate Art Director at Macmillan Children's Book Group! Aurora’s work has been featured in the New York Book Show as well as Spine Magazine, Paste Magazine, and The Casual Optimist. Find more about Aurora on her website www.auroraparlagreco.com, and as @auroraparl on Instagram and Twitter.
This event is open to all ages.

 


Let's Play Lotería!

Monday, June 21, 5:00 PM; online event via Zoom.
Tuesday, July 20, 5:00 PM; online event via Zoom.

Join us for a fun evening of virtual Lotería! Lotería is a traditional game of chance, similar to bingo, but using images on a deck of cards instead of numbered ping pong balls. Win prizes, enjoy musica, meet new friends (virtually, of course) and learn a Spanish word or two! Be sure to grab your favorite snack, noisemakers, and even your pet, and join us for this fun-filled Virtual Loteria!
This event is open to all ages.

 

Use the tabs to explore programs by age group!

Preschool Busy Bags

Bi-Weekly during the Summer Reading Program.

Pick-up instructions included in registration confirmation.

Keep those little hands active, engaged, and learning! Preschool Busy Bags from HBPL are designed to activate your little one's minds through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. These kits are best suited to children ages 2 to 5 with help from an adult, and most of the activities can be repeated multiple times to encourage repetition. Click the logo to register using our online calendar.

 


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Take & Make Activity Kits

Weekly during the Summer Reading Program.

Pick-up instructions included in registration confirmation.
Every week of Summer Reading, we'll be putting out a new activity kit to help you color your world. Activity kits are available for pickup Monday - Saturday, but you MUST register to reserve your kit for pick-up! Supplies are limited; register early to reserve your kit.

 

 


Creativity Corner

Weekly during the Summer Reading Program at the Central Library.

Children ages 4 to 12 are invited to create a new project each week during the Summer Reading Program at the Central Library! Visit the Creativity Corner outside of the Children’s Library to explore paint dotter art, collage, lacing, googly eyes, and more. Projects can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to complete. No registration required; activities available while supplies last. While participating, families are required to socially distance and maintain proper mask usage.
 

 


Rainbow Storytime with Jasmine Waring

Wednesday, June 23, video posted at 10:00 AM to the Storytime YouTube Channel.

June is Rainbow Book Month, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community! To commemorate this annual celebration, the library will be filming and posting an inclusive family storytime featuring special guest storyteller Jasmine Waring, reading Not Quite Narwhal, by Jessie Sima, and a musical performance from HBPL’s own Mr. Brian!

 

 


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Storytime YouTube Channel

Miss Kari's Virtual Preschool Storytime - Tuesday, posted at 10:00 AM.

Rock n Roll Reading with Mr. Brian - Thursday, posted at 10:00 AM.

Join the HBPL storytellers for virtual fun and learning all summer long! We'll be posting videos to our Children's YouTube channel for you to watch at your convenience. Keep the learning alive in your littlest ones by engaging with them as you watch together.

 

 

 

Use the tabs to explore programs by age group!

Wise Owl Tween Book Club

Thursday, July 1, 2:00 PM, online meeting via Zoom.
Thursday, July 29, 2:00 PM, online meeting via Zoom.

Tween Book Club is back! This summer, we'll be digging into Chad Sell's graphic novels Doodleville and Cardboard Kingdom! Author and illustrator Chadd Sells will join us at both of our meetings to answer your questions about the books via Zoom! Best suited for ages 8 to 12. The first 25 registrants will receive free copies of both books, and all registrants will receive an activity kit.

 


Wise Owl Tween Art Club

Thursday, July 8, 2:00 PM, online meeting via Zoom.
BAD ART NIGHT!, Wednesday, July 14, 7:00 PM, online meeting via Zoom.

Thursday, July 22, 2:00 PM, online meeting via Zoom.
Join the library, Huntington Beach Art Center, and other tweens as we explore arts and crafts from around our colorful world! Participants will receive supplies and instructions in pick-up kits to explore different art mediums from diverse cultures. After registering, you will also be sent a Zoom link to participate in a virtual create session led by HB Art Center staff and local artists. All materials to complete the art or craft project will be provided. Kit quantities are limited; prompt registration is recommended.


Paper Flower Workshop

Wednesday, June 30, 2:00 PM; online event via Zoom.

Tuesday, July 27, 3:00 PM; online event via Zoom.
Register online at hbpl.libcal.com

Join us to learn how to make beautiful paper flowers through a virtual session in Zoom! Once you have registered, you will receive instructions on how to pick up your materials and the link to enter the Zoom session.
Tweens ages 9-12 are welcome to attend with a parent or teen helper!

Use the tabs to explore programs by age group!

TeenSpace Open Mic Night

Saturday, July 24, 4:00 PM; online event via Zoom.
Sign up to perform here: https://forms.gle/kyHeeG7A7c1yxuue9

Join the HBPL TeenSpace on Zoom for an Open Mic Night event open to all performers ages 12 to 20! Enjoy singing, music, comedy, rap, poetry, short stories, dance, video, artworks and more from the talented teens of our TeenSpace!

Open to all teen and young adult performers ages 12 to 20.


Paper Flower Workshop

Tuesday, July 27, 3:00 PM; online event via Zoom.
Register online at hbpl.libcal.com

Join us to learn how to make beautiful paper flowers through a virtual session in Zoom! Once you have registered, you will receive instructions on how to pick up your materials and the link to enter the Zoom session.
This event is open to teens & adults.

 


Teen Graphic Novel Book Club: Author Chat with Remy Lai & Laura Gao

Wednesday, July 28, 6:00 PM; online event via Zoom.
Register online at hbpl.libcal.com

Join us for an extra-special Teen Book Club session as we welcome graphic novelists Remy Lai and Laura Gao to our virtual hangout! Come watch these amazing artists in action as they draw together, answer your questions about comics, art, and the life of a graphic novelist, and talk about their upcoming new books, Pawcasso and Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese-American! For more of their work, check them out on Twitter at @Remy_Lai and @heylauragao.
This event is open to teens ages 12 and up.


Game Day

Fridays, 4:00 PM; online event via Discord.
Join the TeenSpace Discord server online at bit.ly/TeenDiscord
Make new friends, reconnect with old ones, and have fun playing a variety of online party games with the TeenSpace! Every week, we'll be using the live voice chat on the TeenSpace Discord and voting to choose a different online game to play. Will it be Among Us, Jackbox, Gartic Phone, Uno, Codenames, or something totally different - YOU DECIDE!
Open to all teens ages 13+ - must be a member of the TeenSpace Discord to use voice chat & vote 

Use the tabs to explore programs by age group!

LGBTQ+ History: Queer, There, & Everywhere!

Wednesday, June 23, 3:00 PM; online event via Zoom.
Register online at hbpl.libcal.com

Join us for a fun & informative discussion with guest Jonathan Alexander as he shares significant people, places, and events in queer history, and recommends great YA reads with LGBTQIA+ themes! Professor Jonathan Alexander is a writer, the Chancellor's Professor of English & Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, and the YA section editor for the LA Review of Books. His work can be found online on his website or on twitter @profjalexander.
This event is open to teens & adults.


Paper Flower Workshop

Wednesday, June 30, 2:00 PM; online event via Zoom.

Tuesday, July 27, 3:00 PM; online event via Zoom.
Register online at hbpl.libcal.com

Join us to learn how to make beautiful paper flowers through a virtual session in Zoom! Once you have registered, you will receive instructions on how to pick up your materials and the link to enter the Zoom session.
This event is open to teens & adults.

Summer Reading FAQ

Summer Reading 2021 looks a little different - so we wanted to provide a space to answer common questions we've received about how to participate, log your reading, what the prizes will be, etc. Need more help? Look for contact information for our librarians at the bottom of this guide.

Question: Can my kids do the Summer Reading Program more than once? 
Answer: Summer Reading is a one-time opportunity, so once your children have completed it, they are done. We love that your kiddos are such amazing readers, though!

Question: My kids don’t eat from fast food restaurants. Will coupons from these types of businesses be included as prizes this year? 
Answer: This year, because of everything going on, we wanted to keep things as simple as possible and make reading the focus of the program. So this year there will only be two prizes, one for registering and one for completing the reading program. There may be a food coupon included in the registration and/or completion prize but you can opt out of receiving it. Just let us know that you do not wish to have food coupons included in your prize.

Question: Can I pick up my prizes from any library location?
Answer: This year, you have the choice of picking up your prizes at the Children's Desk at Central Library or through the Sidewalk Service at your favorite HBPL branch. All prizes must be picked by July 31st. All prizes are while supplies last.

Question: How do I complete the Summer Reading Program?
Answer: This year, parents/kids will need to log their reading by going online to hbpl.beanstack.com, through the Beanstack app, OR by using the paper log. Your goal is to read 20 min per day or 840 min total. If you choose to use a paper reading log, you must write your child's name and a parent/guardian's phone number or email on the log.

Question: Why can't I log in books for my pre-reader?
Answer: To make it easy for everybody to log their reading this summer, we chose to count minutes spent reading or being read to. For those of you reading multiple picture/easy books with your child throughout the day and not in one sitting you may consider each book = 10 minutes of reading. 

Question: Do I need to create an account in Beanstack again even though I have participated in Summer Reading before?
Answer: No, you do not! If you have participated in any other HBPL reading programs, you probably already have an account. Before creating a new account, try logging in first. If you are having problems logging into your account, call the Children's Department at 714-375-5107 and we can assist you with a password reset.

Still have unanswered questions?

Contact HBPL at library@hbpl.org or by calling 714-842-4481.

 

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