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Summer 2021

reading colors your world

Summer Reading Challenge 2021 

Reading Colors Your World! 

June 12 – July 31 

Celebrate 50 days of reading this summer! Sign up for your virtual log at or download the free Beanstack app.  

You can set up one account and add all the readers in your family!  

Make reading a habit and log each day you spend some time reading. Log 20 or more days during the program and you’ll be entered into an opportunity drawing for a gift card courtesy of the Friends of the Libraries. Complete activities to gain virtual badges.  

Enjoy our digital services or visit your local branch for curbside pickup or Grab & Go to check out and collect special summer giveaways.  

Follow OC Public Libraries on Facebook and Instagram for crafts, cooking, and other fun projects to complete at home, and join us on Zoom for Virtual Events. 

Summer Reading Virtual events   



Zoom Storytimes

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Baby Lapsit Storytime: Tuesdays at 10:30am 

Family Storytime: Tuesdays at 5pm 

Kindergarten Readiness Storytime: Wednesdays at 10:30am 

Bilingual Chinese Storytime: Thursdays at 10:30am 

Bilingual Spanish Storytime: Thursdays at 5pm 

Music & Movement Storytime: Saturdays at 11am 

Eating Rainbow: Kindergarten Readiness Nutrition Program 

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Eating Rainbow is a nutrition education series, presented by the OCDE using the MyPlate curriculum, designed to promote the health and well-being of kindergarten age children (4-6). Join us for fun, engaging, and interactive information related to health, nutrition, and active play practices that support children’s health and readiness to learn. Activity bags available at OC Public Libraries locations while supplies last. Learn more here.

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Eating Rainbow Recipe Cards

Food Cards

Virtual Storytimes on Social Media

Facebook and Instagram 

Storytime Mondays  

World Language Wednesdays  

Flannel Fridays  


Register for the programs below by emailing:   

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Happy Birds Performing Parrots

Saturday, June 12 at 2pm 



Juggler Michael Rayner

Wednesday, June 16 at 2pm 



Wild Wonders Animal Show

Wednesday, June 23 at 2pm  



Storyteller Michael D. McCarty 

Wednesday, June 30 at 2pm  


Pacific Animal Productions: Tales and Tails 

Wednesday, July 7 at 2p

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Mad Science: Fire and Ice 

Saturday, July 10 at 2p


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Magician Arty Loon 

Wednesday, July 14 at 2pm  

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Full Spectrum Entertainment: Crazy About Chemistry

Wednesday, July 21 at 2pm 



Environmental Nature Center:  Nature Connections to Literature 

Wednesday, July 28 at 2pm 


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Magician Zany Zoe 

Saturday, July 31 at 2pm 


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Author Events: Adults 

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Meet Author Alka Joshi

June 24 at 6:30pm 

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Meet Author Kaira Rouda

July 15 at 6:30pm 

Author Events: Children/ Family  

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Meet Author David Shannon

Saturday, July 10 at 11am 

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Meet Author Mindy Thomas

Tuesday, July 20 at 3pm 


Meet Author Drew Daywalt
Saturday, July 31 at 11am 

Teen Programs


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3D Art Color Party Thursday, June 3 at 4pm  

Teens 13-18 will learn how to create their own 3D optical illusion art with no computer or special tools required. We'll start with a step-by-step lesson followed by time for ideas and creating. 


Read the Rainbow Teen Book Club Thursday, June 17 at 4pm 

Teens 13-18 are invited to join our monthly book discussion group. This month we're celebrating this year's summer reading program theme of Reading Colors Your World. We invite you to interpret this theme your way and share your favorite books with each other. 


Mixed Media Art Project Thursday July 1 at 4pm 

Teens 13-18! Come learn how to create your own zine - a small booklet that reflects your interests and style! We'll lead you through painting and collage techniques, then how to cut and fold your zine into a booklet. There will be time after the lesson for ideas and creating. Free supplies for teens are available at all OCPL branches, while supplies last. 


Book a Ticket Teen Book Club Thursday, July 15 at 4pm 

Teens 13-18 are invited to join our monthly book discussion group! This month we are again celebrating the summer reading program theme of Reading Colors Your World by sharing our favorite books about travel, adventure, and exploring other worlds. 

Reading Lists 

Download our Summer Reading Challenge 2021 Reading Lists.

Primary Reading Lists








Read an Animal Rainbow








Kindness is My Superpower 








Tasty Books








Diverse Stories








Make Your Mark

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Intermediate Reading Lists








Make Your Mark








Have Courage








Uncover Secrets








Venture Further








Travel Beyond Home

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Upper Reading Lists








Make Your Mark








Have Courage 








Uncover Secrets 








Venture Further 








Find Someone 

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Teen Reading Lists








Make Your Mark 








Love, Love, Love 








Enter Other Worlds 








Uncover Secrets 








Expand Your Understanding 

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Adult Reading Lists








Art and Artists 








California Authors 








Explore Cultures and Identity 








Families and Relationships 








Science Fiction and Fantasy 

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