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Summer With the Library

Summer With the Library Express Yourself

June 6 – August 6, 2022

For All Ages

There are so many ways to express yourself! We invite you to use your voice this summer in your own creative way—art, poetry, music, dance, writing, photography, cooking, gardening, community activism, even skateboarding!

How to Play

  • Register online or in person. Collect your participation prize at any library location.
  • Earn badges for reading and completing fun, learning-based activities.
    • Read for one hour = 1 badge
    • Complete an activity = 1 badge
  • Earn 15 badges and be entered into branch and grand prize drawings!

Track your progress online or on the Beanstack Tracker mobile app, or download and print a gameboard.


Summer Reading original artwork by Man One.


Summer Badge Book Summer Badge Calendar

Summer Badge Book

This year we have something new! Kids ages 4-11 can pick up an awesome Summer Badge Book filled with stickers and lots of fun activities at any of our library locations, while supplies last.

Upcoming Events

Find programs for the whole family inspired by our summer reading theme!


Page-Turner!
Take A Bow!
Onward!
  • Reserve a free pass to museums and attractions with Explore L.A.

Express Yourself: Featured Children's Titles

  • 100 Yoga Activities for Children: Easy-to-Follow Poses and Meditation for the Whole Family

    100 Yoga Activities for Children: Easy-to-Follow Poses and Meditation for the Whole Family

    Vinay, Shobana R.
  • Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages

    Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages

    Schwake, Susan
  • Art Workshop for Children

    Art Workshop for Children

    Rucci, Barbara
  • Biddy Mason Speaks Up

    Biddy Mason Speaks Up

    White, Arisa
  • Boogie Boogie, Y'all

    Boogie Boogie, Y'all

    Esperanza, C. G.
  • Coding To Create and Communicate

    Coding To Create and Communicate

    Lyons, Heather
  • Color the Sky

    Color the Sky

    Elliott, David
  • Crafting Calm: Art and Activities for Mindful Kids

    Crafting Calm: Art and Activities for Mindful Kids

    Borgert-Spaniol, Megan
  • Dance, Dance, Dance!

    Dance, Dance, Dance!

    Long, Ethan
  • Daniel's Good Day

    Daniel's Good Day

    Archer, Micha
  • Everybunny Dance!

    Everybunny Dance!

    Sandall, Ellie
  • Grow: A Family Guide to Plants and How To Grow Them

    Grow: A Family Guide to Plants and How To Grow Them

    Reyes, Riz
  • How To Write a Story

    How To Write a Story

    Messner, Kate
  • Kick Push

    Kick Push

    Morrison, Frank
  • Maya and the Robot

    Maya and the Robot

    Ewing, Eve L.
  • Off-Limits

    Off-Limits

    Yoon, Helen
  • Plant, Cook, Eat!: A Children's Cookbook

    Plant, Cook, Eat!: A Children's Cookbook

    Archer, Joe
  • Play, Make, Create: A Process-Art Handbook: With Over 40 Art Invitations for Kids

    Play, Make, Create: A Process-Art Handbook: With Over 40 Art Invitations for Kids

    Cherry, Meri
  • Primer

    Primer

    Muro, Jennifer
  • Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme

    Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme

  • Right Now!: Real Kids Speaking Up for Change

    Right Now!: Real Kids Speaking Up for Change

    Paul, Miranda
  • Rocket Writes a Story

    Rocket Writes a Story

    Hills, Tad
  • Speak Up

    Speak Up

    Paul, Miranda
  • The Dot

    The Dot

    Reynolds, Peter H. (Peter Hamilton)
  • The People's Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice With Art

    The People's Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice With Art

    Levinson, Cynthia
  • We Are the Gardeners

    We Are the Gardeners

    Gaines, Joanna
  • What Riley Wore

    What Riley Wore

    Arnold, Elana K.
  • Writing Radar: Using Your Journal To Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories

    Writing Radar: Using Your Journal To Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories

    Gantos, Jack

Express Yourself: Featured Young Adult Titles

  • Fangirl

    Fangirl

    Rowell, Rainbow.
  • Ain't Burned All the Bright

    Ain't Burned All the Bright

    Reynolds, Jason
  • Be Dazzled

    Be Dazzled

    La Sala, Ryan
  • Bloom

    Bloom

    Panetta, Kevin

    Ari terminó la preparatoria y está listo para comenzar su vida: mudarse a la gran ciudad, triunfar con su banda ultra cool y, sobre todo,

  • Blue Period, Vol 1

    Blue Period, Vol 1

    Yamaguchi, Tsubasa
  • Boys Run the Riot: Vol.1

    Boys Run the Riot: Vol.1

    Gaku, Keito
  • Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises To Make Drawing Fun

    Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises To Make Drawing Fun

    Sonheim, Carla
  • I Felt Awesome: Tips and Tricks for 35+ Needle-Poked Projects

    I Felt Awesome: Tips and Tricks for 35+ Needle-Poked Projects

    Moxie
  • Komi Can't Communicate, Vol 1

    Komi Can't Communicate, Vol 1

    Oda, Tomohito, 1991-
  • Moxie

    Moxie

    Mathieu, Jennifer
  • On the Come Up

    On the Come Up

    Thomas, Angie
  • Perfect World, Vol 1

    Perfect World, Vol 1

    Aruga, Rie
  • Princess Jellyfish, Vol 1

    Princess Jellyfish, Vol 1

    Higashimura, Akiko
  • Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

    Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

    Knisley, Lucy
  • Shine

    Shine

    Jung, Jessica
  • The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How To Draw

    The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How To Draw

    Crilley, Mark
  • The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies!

    The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies!

    Pagano, David
  • The Other Side of Perfect

    The Other Side of Perfect

    Turk, Mariko
  • The Plain Janes

    The Plain Janes

    Castellucci, Cecil
  • The Poet X

    The Poet X

    Acevedo, Elizabeth,

    The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library.

  • The Prince and the Dressmaker

    The Prince and the Dressmaker

    Wang, Jen
  • Tiny Dancer

    Tiny Dancer

    Siegel, Siena Cherson
  • Unfadeable

    Unfadeable

    Broaddus, Maurice
  • Watch Us Rise

    Watch Us Rise

    Watson, Renee
  • White Smoke

    White Smoke

    Jackson, Tiffany D.
  • You Don't Have to be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves

    You Don't Have to be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves

Express Yourself: Featured Titles for Adults

  • How To Cook Everything: The Basics: All You Need To Make Great Food

    How To Cook Everything: The Basics: All You Need To Make Great Food

    Bittman, Mark
  • In Memory's Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezin

    In Memory's Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezin

  • Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader

    Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader

    McCoy, Esther
  • Stand Up Straight and Sing!

    Stand Up Straight and Sing!

    Norman, Jessye
  • (Re)born in the USA: An Englishman’s Love Letter to His Chosen Home

    (Re)born in the USA: An Englishman’s Love Letter to His Chosen Home

    Bennett, Roger
  • 84, Charing Cross Road

    84, Charing Cross Road

    Hanff, Helene
  • A Handful of Earth, a Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler

    A Handful of Earth, a Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler

    George, Lynell
  • Afro Surf

    Afro Surf

    Mami Wata
  • Ballerina Body

    Ballerina Body

    Copeland, Misty
  • Bittman Bread: No-Knead Whole-Grain Baking for Every Day

    Bittman Bread: No-Knead Whole-Grain Baking for Every Day

    Bittman, Mark
  • Container and Fragrant Gardens: How To Enliven Spaces With Containers and Make the Most of Scented

    Container and Fragrant Gardens: How To Enliven Spaces With Containers and Make the Most of Scented

    Loewer, H. Peter
  • Evening in Paradise: More Stories

    Evening in Paradise: More Stories

    Berlin, Lucia
  • Ex Libris

    Ex Libris

    Kakutani, Michiko
  • Finding Your Roots: The Official Companion to the PBS Series

    Finding Your Roots: The Official Companion to the PBS Series

    Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
  • First Time Knitting: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide

    First Time Knitting: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide

    Hammett, Carri
  • Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol

    Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol

    O'Meara, Mallory

    Mallory O’Meara, the author of 2019’s excell

  • Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden

    Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden

    Perényi, Eleanor
  • Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good

    Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good

    Turner, Tina
  • How To Make Jewellery: Easy Techniques and Over 25 Great Projects

    How To Make Jewellery: Easy Techniques and Over 25 Great Projects

    Helt, Mary
  • How To Play the Piano

    How To Play the Piano

    Rhodes, James
  • How To Write Your Personal or Family History: If You Don’t Do It, Who Will?

    How To Write Your Personal or Family History: If You Don’t Do It, Who Will?

    Wiebe, Katie Funk
  • Leave Me Alone With the Recipes: The Life, Art, and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles

    Leave Me Alone With the Recipes: The Life, Art, and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles

  • Lessons From the Edge: A Memoir

    Lessons From the Edge: A Memoir

    Yovanovitch, Maria L.
  • Life on a String: The Yale Puppeteers and the Turnabout Puppet Theatre

    Life on a String: The Yale Puppeteers and the Turnabout Puppet Theatre

    Rice, Christina
  • Long Ago in France: The Years in Dijon

    Long Ago in France: The Years in Dijon

    Fisher, M. F. K.
  • Los Angeles Central Library: A History of Its Art and Architecture

    Los Angeles Central Library: A History of Its Art and Architecture

    Gee, Stephen
  • Maria Callas: An Intimate Biography

    Maria Callas: An Intimate Biography

    Edwards, Anne, 1927-
  • No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters

    No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters

    Le Guin, Ursula K.

    Best known for science fiction and fantasy novels, Ursula Le Guin was a master essay writer.

  • Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Shelf Love

    Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Shelf Love

    Murad, Noor
  • Peggy Lee: A Century of Song

    Peggy Lee: A Century of Song

    Oney, Tish
  • Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

    Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

    Quintero, Isabel

    Isabel Quintero's graphic novel biography of Graciela Iturbide will appeal to all ages.

  • Read My Pins: Stories From a Diplomat’s Jewel Box

    Read My Pins: Stories From a Diplomat’s Jewel Box

    Albright, Madeleine Korbel
  • Start With a Small Guitar: Poems

    Start With a Small Guitar: Poems

    Thompson, Lynne
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables

    The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables

    Forkner, Lorene Edwards
  • The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

    The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

    Isaacson, Walter
  • The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life: A Practical Guide

    The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life: A Practical Guide

    Tharp, Twyla
  • The Fran Lebowitz Reader

    The Fran Lebowitz Reader

    Lebowitz, Fran
  • The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe

    The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe

    Morgan, Ann (Ann Beatrice)
  • The Writer’s Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives

    The Writer’s Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives

  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    Goldberg, Natalie

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This program is generously supported by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and its donors: Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund, Estate of Victoria Erteszek Foote, The Council of the Library Foundation, Maxwell H. and Muriel S. Gluck Endowment, Marjorie Luttenbacher, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, The Walter J. & Holly O. Thomson Foundation, Flora Thornton Endowment, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Walt Disney Company, California Library Association, Hitachi Southern California Regional Community Action Committee, The Albert Parvin Foundation, The Morrison and Foerster Foundation.

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