Summer With the Library

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Summer With the Library 2024
L.A. Dreaming

June 10 - August 10, 2024

All Ages

What makes L.A. special to you? What is your dream?

Children, Teens, and Adults:

Earn badges for reading and completing fun, learning-based activities. Register for the Summer Reading Challenge online or in person and collect your participation prizes.

  • Read for one hour = 1 badge
  • Complete an activity = 1 badge
  • Earn 10 badges and be entered into branch and grand prize drawings!

Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge either at your local Los Angeles Public Library location or online with Beanstack. Track your progress online at lapl.org/summer or on the Beanstack Tracker mobile app, or download and print a gameboard. To finish the Summer Reading Challenge, you must complete 10 activities and read for 10 hours or a combination of those.

Once you have completed the reading and activities, bring your completed game board to your local Los Angeles Public Library location to collect your competition prizes. Everyone who completes the Summer Reading Challenge can be entered into drawings to win exciting prizes like gift cards, museum memberships, or a new Apple iPad.


Download a gameboard here today and start taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge.


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Discover

  • Reserve a free pass to museums and attractions with Explore L.A.
  • Sign up for LA Reads and the Dodgers Reading Champions literacy challenge.

L.A. Dreaming - Summer Reading 2024 Books for Kids

  • Amanda Gorman

    Amanda Gorman

    Sánchez Vegara, Ma Isabel
  • Areli is a Dreamer: A True Story

    Areli is a Dreamer: A True Story

    Morales, Areli
  • Art Club

    Art Club

    Doucet, Rashad
  • City of Neighbors

    City of Neighbors

    Curtis, Andrea
  • Cookies & Milk

    Cookies & Milk

    Amos, Shawn
  • Curve & Flow: The Elegant Vision of L.A. Architect Paul R. Williams

    Curve & Flow: The Elegant Vision of L.A. Architect Paul R. Williams

    Loney, Andrea J.
  • Dreamers

    Dreamers

    Morales, Yuyi

    A stunning picture book that tells a story of migration and hope.

  • Every Dreaming Creature

    Every Dreaming Creature

    Wenzel, Brendan
  • Fenris & Mott

    Fenris & Mott

    Van Eekhout, Greg
  • From Park to Playa: The Trails That Connect Us

    From Park to Playa: The Trails That Connect Us

    Beckerman, Nell Cross
  • Los Angeles, Baby!

    Los Angeles, Baby!

    Flores, Feather
  • Mango All the Time

    Mango All the Time

    Hyman, Fracaswell
  • My Papi Has a Motorcycle

    My Papi Has a Motorcycle

    Quintero, Isabel
  • Niki Nakayama: A Chef's Tale in 13 Bites

    Niki Nakayama: A Chef's Tale in 13 Bites

    Michalak, Jamie
  • Papá's Magical Water-jug Clock

    Papá's Magical Water-jug Clock

    Trejo, Jesús
  • Parachute Kids

    Parachute Kids

    Tang, Betty C.
  • Room to Dream

    Room to Dream

    Yang, Kelly
  • Something, Someday

    Something, Someday

    Gorman, Amanda
  • Song in the City

    Song in the City

    Bernstrom, Daniel
  • Stand Up, Yumi Chung!

    Stand Up, Yumi Chung!

    Jessica Kim

    11-year-old Yumi Chung keeps busy at school and helping out at her parents’ restaurant in L.A.’s Koreatown, but what she really wants is

  • Stroller Coaster

    Stroller Coaster

    Ringler, Matt
  • Wat Kept Playing

    Wat Kept Playing

    Inouye Huey, Emily
  • We Have a Dream

    We Have a Dream

    Craig, Mya-Rose

L.A. Dreaming - Summer Reading 2024 Books for Teens

L.A. Dreaming - Summer Reading 2024 Books for Adults

  • Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California

    Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California

  • L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food

    L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food

    Choi, Roy
  • The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers' Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse

    The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers' Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse

    Knight, Molly,
  • The Great Black Way: L.A. in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance

    The Great Black Way: L.A. in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance

    Smith, R. J., 1959-
  • This is Where We Live

    This is Where We Live

    Brown, Janelle
  • 111 Places in Los Angeles That You Must Not Miss

    111 Places in Los Angeles That You Must Not Miss

    Moglen, Laurel
  • 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
  • A Place at the Nayarit: How a Mexican Restaurant Nourished a Community

    A Place at the Nayarit: How a Mexican Restaurant Nourished a Community

    Molina, Natalia
  • California Soul: An American Epic of Cooking and Survival

    California Soul: An American Epic of Cooking and Survival

    Corbin, Keith
  • City at the edge of forever : Los Angeles reimagined

    City at the edge of forever : Los Angeles reimagined

    Lunenfeld, Peter
  • Dreamers and Schemers: How an Improbable Bid for the 1932 Olympics Transformed Los Angeles From Dusty Outpost to Global Metropolis

    Dreamers and Schemers: How an Improbable Bid for the 1932 Olympics Transformed Los Angeles From Dusty Outpost to Global Metropolis

    Siegel, Barry
  • Ed Ruscha's Los Angeles

    Ed Ruscha's Los Angeles

    Schwartz, Alexandra
  • Feels Like Home: Reflections on Central Library

    Feels Like Home: Reflections on Central Library

  • From Cows to Concrete: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles

    From Cows to Concrete: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles

    Surls, Rachel
  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    Pynchon, Thomas
  • L.A. Weather

    L.A. Weather

    Escandón, María Amparo

    Published in 2022, L.A.

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

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

    Gee, Stephen
  • Los Angeles City Hall: An American Icon

    Los Angeles City Hall: An American Icon

    Stephen Gee
  • Mambo Hips and Make Believe

    Mambo Hips and Make Believe

    Coleman, Wanda
  • Quiet Los Angeles

    Quiet Los Angeles

    Razo, Rebecca
  • Read Me, Los Angeles

    Read Me, Los Angeles

    Orphan, Katie
  • Secret Gardens of Hollywood and Private Oases in Los Angeles

    Secret Gardens of Hollywood and Private Oases in Los Angeles

    Lennard, Erica
  • Self Help Graphics & Art: Art in the Heart of East Los Angeles

    Self Help Graphics & Art: Art in the Heart of East Los Angeles

  • Small Craft Warnings

    Small Craft Warnings

    Braverman, Kate
  • Tanya Holland's California Soul: Recipes From a Culinary Journey West

    Tanya Holland's California Soul: Recipes From a Culinary Journey West

    Holland, Tanya
  • The Dream Colony: A Life in Art

    The Dream Colony: A Life in Art

    Hopps, Walter
  • Thomas Mann's Los Angeles: Stories From Exile 1940-1952

    Thomas Mann's Los Angeles: Stories From Exile 1940-1952

    Blaumer, Nikolai
  • Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond

    Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond

  • Wild LA: Explore the Amazing Nature in and Around Los Angeles

    Wild LA: Explore the Amazing Nature in and Around Los Angeles

    Higgins, Lila M.

This program is generously supported by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles; lead sponsor, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation; and the following 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; California State Library; Walter and Holly Thomson Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee; Flora L. Thornton Endowment; Mattel, Inc.; The Albert Parvin Foundation; and The Morrison and Foerster Foundation.

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