Read for the Win

For Immediate Release
May 31, 2016

Please Note: The 2016 Summer Reading program has ended. Associated pages and events are now closed. Please contact us if we may be of help with locating current programs and URLs. We will be happy to assist. Or, you may consider using our website search box to locate current information on the desired program or service.

Everyone Invited to Join SCCLD’s Summer Reading Program

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – May 31, 2016 –  Winning has never been easier for local residents who enroll in Santa Clara County Library District’s (SCCLD) 2016 Summer Reading Challenge “Read for the Win.”  Kids and teens who are reading over the summer keep learning and score higher in reading and math when they return to school in the fall.  Adults who read reap numerous rewards including: enhanced vocabulary, increased knowledge and reduction in stress, improved memory, as well as better focus and concentration skills.  “Winning can mean many things to different people and the word is often used when setting new records or becoming the best for a fleeting moment in time.  But SCCLD’s ‘Read for the Win’ offers lifetime prizes to anyone who chooses to take on the challenge to read during the summer months.   Kids who opt to include reading into their summer activities list also develop stronger analytical thinking skills, improve their writing skills and have an easier transition to the next year’s elevated grade level.   The free entertainment and escape to amazing new worlds is the bonus prize that books provide” commented Burton Craig, SCCLD Joint Powers Authority Chair and Council Member for the City of Monte Sereno.

Beginning June 1, 2016, all kids, teens and adults are invited to join the 2016 SCCLD Summer Reading Challenge by reading five books between June 1 and July 31, 2016.  Registration for the challenge can be made in person at a participating library or online at  Activities, programs and incentives are grouped in three categories:

  • Prereaders (ages 0-5) & Kids (ages 6-12)
  • Teens (ages 12-17)
  • Adults (ages 18 and up)

The Summer Reading Challenge remains one of SCCLD’s most popular offerings.  Last summer (2015), over 14,385 kids and teens and 2,022 adults joined in the fun.   This year, SCCLD will once again partner with Santa Clara County Parks and the Children’s Discovery Museum.   Participants will have a chance to talk with a Santa Clara County Park Ranger during one of the many scheduled Ranger visits at a SCCLD library and every person who enrolls in the Summer Reading program will receive a FREE pass to the Children’s Discovery Museum.  

From free events, reading incentives and special story times to magicians, acrobats, teen tech workshops and author visits, SCCLD’s “Read for the Win,” has enlightening activities scheduled for almost every day of summer.  All teens and adults who enroll in the program receive a free tote bag; children (0-12) receive a book prize.  Books, eBooks, eAudiobooks, Graphic Novels, and Audiobooks all count toward the five book total.

Complete instructions can be found at SCCLD’s Summer Challenge website @  Read for the Win Summer Challenge activities are offered at all SCCLD libraries. For a complete SCCLD Summer Challenge listing, go to: The program is free and open to everyone. 

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About the Santa Clara County Library District
The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 1.9 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work.

In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last several years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2014, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. In 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.

The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2014, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 225,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.3 million visitors who borrowed 9.4 million items, making it one of the most used resources in the region. Visit Santa Clara County Library District online at

Nancy Howe/Chris Brown/Lili Smith
Santa Clara County Library District
(408) 293-2326 ext. 3001/3002/3014