Santa Clara County Library District’s Summer Reading Program Goes Virtual in 2020

Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover from the Comfort of Your Own Home

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The Santa Clara County Library District’s (SCCLD) Summer Reading Program, Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover!, opens a new window, is underway and registration, opens a new window is now open. Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover! encourages readers of all ages to dig below the surface, investigate the unknown and discover new things. The free program runs from now until July 31.

Dozens of online events, ranging from family fun activities to enriching adult classes, are planned over the next two months. All events and programs will be held virtually to keep everyone safe and healthy.

“The look of Summer Reading is different this season, but you can experience the same quality and wonderful programs that we have been offering to our patrons for years,” County Librarian Jennifer Weeks said. “Our goal is always the same, to foster a love of reading and offer many exciting programs and learning activities that everyone can enjoy.”

Children’s librarians are hosting special events every weekday at 3 pm on Facebook Live, opens a new window. This includes book clubs, opens a new window on Mondays, special live performances and shows on Wednesdays, and STEAM events, opens a new window on Thursdays. During the month of July, there will be virtual concerts for little ones, featuring performers such as Latin Grammy winners 123 Andrés. Please see the attached pdf for the complete lineup.

Teens events include an Open Mic Night, opens a new window on Wednesday, June 17, College Application Help, opens a new window on Thursday, June 18, Virtual Teen Trivia, opens a new window, and craft activities, opens a new window. For adults, librarians are hosting Virtual Film Clubs, opens a new window, live Master Gardener presentations on plant-based eating, and more.  Patrons can earn a prize for reading five books and completing fun discovery and investigative activities. Get started by signing up on Beanstack, opens a new window.

SCCLD will begin offering curbside services later this month. There will be contactless holds pickup and material returns at all eight SCCLD libraries. Please monitor the SCCLD website, opens a new window and social media (@SCCLD) for further updates. Patrons are asked not to return items until then.

SCCLD is temporarily expanding eCard registration, opens a new window to all Santa Clara County residents. That means free access to enjoy eBooks, Audiobooks, opens a new windoweMagazines and digital newspapers, opens a new windowstreaming movies and music, opens a new window, and dozens of online resources, opens a new window for students, job seekers, and people of all ages. There are also video tutorials, opens a new window to help patrons navigate these resources.

Last year, more than 32,000 people participated in Summer Reading. Participants read more than 255,000 books, which also included our 1,000 Books by 6 total. SCCLD hopes to make this year just as special, to prove that even though we are apart, we are still in this together.