Read Beyond the Beaten Path with the Santa Clara County Library District!

The Summer Fun Includes In-Person and Virtual Events and Prizes

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) invites patrons of all ages to participate in the free Summer Reading Program, Read Beyond the Beaten Path. This two-month long event, from June 1-July 31, encourages all readers to explore the world through reading and get out into the great outdoors. Go on a new adventure in the pages of a book or take the adventure outside. From camping to crafts – Summer is a great time to try something new!

“The pandemic has forced a lot of people to scale back family vacations or weekend trips, but SCCLD’s Summer Reading program can introduce you to free and simple ways to explore all of the wonders that Santa Clara County has to offer,” said Mike Wasserman, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Chair of the Library Joint Powers Authority Board. “The library has planned wonderful in-person and virtual programs that can educate and entertain you – from guided hikes, learning about animals of the Americas, musical performers, book clubs and more!”

Read Beyond the Beaten Path is a great way to keep students engaged over the school break. Research shows it can help prevent “Summer Slide”, where students lose a significant amount of reading and math knowledge over the summer vacation. The COVID-19 pandemic, which forced school closures and distance learning, compounded the learning loss. The good news is, learning loss can be easily reversed by reading, enjoying the outdoors, smart play and being imaginative.

“Studies have found that students who participate in summer reading programs score higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year and they read with confidence,” County Librarian Jennifer Weeks said. “Libraries aren’t just a place to get books or other materials – they’re a place to have fun while learning. Join in something new this summer, like learning about “Van Life,” taking a discovery walk, hearing how to create a podcast, or trying your hand at painting.”

It’s easy to get started. Sign up or log into Beanstack and register for Summer Reading. Patrons can download the Beanstack app on their mobile device. On Wednesday, June 1, start logging your progress. Participants can earn a reward for reading five books and completing one activity this summer. Completion rewards will be available starting on Monday, August 1.