Summer Learning: June 1 - July 31, 2018

Get Smarter this Summer!

The San Josè Public Library invites readers of all ages to learn and grow over the summer. Read to learn. Win prizes. Attend hundreds of free events.

Prevent the "Summer Slide"

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Help your child prevent the "Summer Slide" by participating in Summer Learning and trying these 5 quick tips:

  • Visit your library and attend FREE events.
  • Choose a "just right" book for your child's reading level.
  • Set some realistic summer reading goals.
  • Sneak books into all fun activities you do.
  • Show your child that reading is a priority and read everyday.

Registration: June 1

Registration for Summer Learning opens June 1. Sign up online or visit your local library.

Make the Most of Your Summer

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Free Lunch for Kids & Teens

From June 11 – August 10, children and teens (ages 2–18) are invited for free healthy meals and fun activities at our Summer Lunch program. Visit a participating branch location:


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Graphic Novel Making Contest

Ready, set, draw! Everyone is invited to enter our Graphic Novel Making Contest by creating a graphic novel, comic, or manga style illustrated short story for a chance to win a prize!

First time creating a comic? No problem! The library is offering programs to help you learn how to create your own graphic novel.

Important Dates

  • Entry Deadline: Tuesday, July 31
  • Awards Ceremony: Saturday, August 25, 2:00 PM, at Seven Trees Branch

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Summertime, and Volunteerin' is Easy

Spend your summer with us and make a positive impact in your community! With just 1-3 hours per week, teen and adult volunteers can help support our Summer Learning and Free Summer Food programs.

Our Summer Learning Ambassadors play a pivotal role in encouraging youth and families to continue education during the summer months and our Free Summer Food Program Assistants help distribute nutritious meals to children and teens, at select branch libraries.

Sign up to volunteer at your local SJPL location, today!


Summer Learning Events

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About Summer Learning

Summer Learning is the cornerstone of the Library's summer initiatives.

  • Our Mission Statement is Learning For All: SJPL is a learning institution. From our Storytimes, coding classes to our Homework Clubs and ESL classes, SJPL lives up to its mission statement to “enrich lives by fostering LIFELONG LEARNING and by ensuring that EVERY MEMBER of the community has access to a vast array of ideas and information."
  • Reading is Learning: We believe that reading is learning, especially for youth. For younger children, reading fosters learning about the world around them, and prepares them for the challenges of entering school. For older children and teens, reading helps keep their minds active and engaged, reinforcing and facilitating learning.

Share Your Summer with Us!