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Children's Library: Summer Reading Program

Welcome to the Huntington Beach Children's Library

Summer Reading 2022

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Summer Reading FAQ

Check here for answers to common Summer Reading questions we've received about how to participate, log your reading, prizes, etc.

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: Can I pick up my prizes from any library location?
Answer: You can redeem your reading log for prizes at any HBPL location! At branch libraries, visit the public service desk, and at Central Library, visit the Children's Desk or Research & Information (Reference) Desk. All prizes must be picked by Saturday, August 6. All prizes are available while supplies last.

Question: How do I complete the Summer Reading Program?
Answer: This year, parents/kids can log their reading by going online to, through the Beanstack app, OR by using a paper reading log. The goal for teens and kids ages 0-17 is to read 20 minutes per day (840 minutes total). Adults are challenged to read 5 books.

Question: I have a toddler/preschool/baby. Can I just log the number of books I read with them?
Answer: We love that you are reading with your little ones! We don't offer reading logs that count the number of books, though. Trying to convert picture books into minutes read? Estimate about 10 minutes per picture book. So, if you read two picture books with your little ones, you've probably spent about 20 minutes reading, talking about the artwork on each page, and answering any questions that came up from your little learner!

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 the library by email or by calling 714-375-5107.

Welcome to Summer Reading 2022!


Saturday, June 18 - Sunday, July 31, 2022

The Huntington Beach Public Library's "Read Beyond the Beaten Path" Summer Reading Program begins on June 18! 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. We'll be hosting Creativity Corner art projects for families, storytimes, teen & adult DIY days, book clubs, outdoor classes, author talks, and more!

Summer Activities for Everyone

Summer Reading Challenge

June 18 - July 31, 2022.
Register in-person at any HBPL branch or online at

This summer, HBPL challenges people of all ages to read 20 minutes every day! Register for the challenge to receive a reusable Summer Reading book tote, then track your reading between June 18 and July 31 using our online tracker or a paper reading log (available at any HBPL branch). Complete the challenge by July 31 to receive a coupon for a free book from the FOTL Used Book Sale! 

All prizes available while supplies last.

Creativity Corner

Sunday & Monday afternoons from 1-5pm 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. 


FOTCL Friday Fun

Friday afternoons at 2pm in the Central Library Talbert Room.

Join us during Summer Reading Fridays for fun-filled activities hosted by Friends of the Children's Library (FOTCL)!  Each week, there will be a different activity to go along the the Summer Reading theme of "Read Beyond the Beaten Path." We'll be diving deep into oceans, learning about local animals, meeting some creepy crawly critters, exploring our local parks, laughing along with a Goofy camping trip, and growing something green. For the full schedule of events, click on the icon!


Storytime @ HBPL

We have SO MANY storytimes! For the full schedule, click the icon.

Storytime is the best way for you to prepare your little ones to learn to read! At HBPL, we offer toddler, bilingual family, preschool, and craft storytimes for a variety of ages. Our storytimes are interactive, inviting parents and caregivers to talk, read, sing, and play along with the group!
Want to find out what our storytellers are reading about next? Subscribe to our Storytime Corner Newsletter! Sent out every Monday, it's a handy guide to the themes, books, and songs our storytellers will be sharing that week.

Kids Great Outdoor Activity Challenge

June 18 - July 31. Register & track your activities online through Beanstack.

Are you ready to get outside this summer? Need some help with ideas for things to do while you explore? HBPL is here to help! Join the Great Outdoor Activity Challenge on Beanstack to find fun activity suggestions for your family. Complete the activities to earn raffle tickets for amazing weekly prize baskets, which will be raffled off throughout the Summer Reading Program! Join the challenge by registering online at, or by downloading the Beanstack Mobile App on your mobile device!

Wise Owl Tween Book Club

Thursday, June 30, 4pm in the Central Library Talbert Room. Registration has closed.
Thursday, July 28, 4pm in the Central Library Talbert Room. Register HERE!

Best suited for ages 8 to 12. The first 15 registrants will receive free copies of the book! All registrants will be able to attend the meeting & meet the authors in a virtual visit!

July's book selection is Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, by Kwame Mbalia, and Kwame will be joining us virtually for the meeting to talk about his book!

Teen Great Outdoor Activity Challenge

June 18 - July 31st; Register online at

For teens ages 13 - 18

Complete outdoor activities for your chance to win a great raffle prize from one of our sponsors at the end of every week. Prizes include free pizza from Mod Pizza, burgers from The Habit, tea from 7 Leaves and Tastea, and more! Under 13? Check out the Kids Great Outdoor Activity Challenge instead! Join the challenge by registering online at, or by downloading the Beanstack Mobile App on your mobile device!

TeenSpace Takeover: Humans vs. Zombies

Saturday, July 23rd at the Central Library; Register online at

For teens ages 12 - 18

After the library closes on July 23rd, the teens are taking over! All teens ages 12 - 18 are invited to join the Central Library TeenSpace for a game of tag with a zombie survival twist: a cure for the viral zombie outbreak spreading through HB is hidden in the library, and it's up to you, the plucky last teens standing, to brave the zombie horde and find it! But be careful - get tagged by a zombie and you'll find yourself joining the zombies instead. Are you up to the challenge?

Teen Maker Tuesdays: Papermaking & Eco-Prints

Tuesday July 13 & July 27 in the Balboa Room at Central Library

Teens only 2pm-4pm

Teens+Adults 6:30pm

Join us for a fun afternoon of eco-friendly crafting every other Tuesday! Learn how to create your own paper, and craft pretty eco printed greeting cards to take home and share. Come prepared for hands-on lessons and make sure to wear clothes you won't mind getting dirty while getting crafty!

Teen Money Management Classes with Youth Investors Corp.

Wednesdays & Fridays at 1pm in the B Room at Central Library

For teens ages 12 - 18

Want to better manage your money as a teen? Curious about the buzz around investing? Want to make more money as an adult? Join this engaging class that will cover everything from basic investment strategies to macroeconomics with a fun stock-market simulation game! Youth Investors Corp. is partnering with HBPL for a 5 week bi-weekly class to share their awesome gamified approach to financial literacy and investing. Participants will even engage in county-wide competitions with the chance of winning a grand prize grant of $500!

Teen Yoga Classes

Thursdays in July at 2pm in the Talbert Room at Central Library

For middle and high school teens in grades 6 - 12; all ability and skill levels welcome!

Join us for a weekly yoga session just for teens! We'll focus on learning basic yoga poses, practicing mindfulness, and maybe do a bit of journaling, too. Come experience how guided, intentional movement and meditation can help you feel centered in times of stress - it's like giving your brain a hug.

Clickable PDF Calendar

Summer is here, and you know what that means... READING TIME! There are so many things to do at the library in June, especially with the launch of our 2022 Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is Read Beyond the Beaten Path, so we're encouraging you to go outside, read books you're excited about, and connect with the reading community! Follow us on social media to keep up with a weekly reading challenge as well as all the things we have going on, then head to the library's online calendar to sign up for all the exciting events we're hosting, including Frozen Food Truck Fridays, crafting and gardening classes, book clubs, and more!

Frozen Food Truck Fridays

June 24, July 15, July 29, from 3pm-5pm at Central Library in the traffic circle

Join us for Frozen Food Truck Fridays! Trucks will be parked in the traffic circle at Central Library, selling tasty frozen treats, coffee, and more. 

DIY Nature Journals

Friday July 15 at 2pm in the C Room at Central Library 

Learn how to start a nature journal and document your adventures! All you need is a journal and a writing tool, but all supplies will be provided. We'll walk through steps on how to get started, provide examples, and then have free time to journal! Register to save your spot.


Maker Tuesdays for Teens and Adults

July 12 & 26 in the Talbert Room at Central Library

Teens only 2pm-4pm

Teens+Adults 6:30pm

Join us for a fun afternoon of eco-friendly crafting and learn how to make beeswax sandwich wraps! These practical wraps are extremely versatile and can be used to pack lunches, store leftovers, and more. We'll be using parchment paper and wax to create them, so come prepared for a hands-on lesson!


Summer Reading Recommendations

Check out the full list of summer picks for teens on the Teen Reads LibGuide

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7111 Talbert Ave. Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone 714-842-4481