Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join the Summer Reading Challenge?
Anyone & everyone! Zero to one-hundred, newborns to adults!

How long does the Challenge last?
All June through July.

How do I sign up?
Register an account for yourself or your entire family right here at KCLsummerchallenge.org. You can log books from home, on your mobile device on the go, or stop by the Library and a library staff member can help you take the challenge! 

Do I need a Kern County Library card?
No - anyone and everyone is welcome to participate, BUT Library Cards are FREE and we encourage you to sign up for one, gaining access to FREE eBooks, audiobooks, books, research resources, & more!

How do I earn Reading Incentives? 

  • Children: Read 10 books, magazines, graphic novels, audiobooks, or eBooks. Log your books in your account online or on a paper reading log picked up in-person at the Library. When you return your log (or a Reading Champion Finisher badge from online) to the Library, you will receive a FREE book, provided by the Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. & any additional reading incentives, while supplies last. 

  • Teens: Read 10 books, magazines, graphic novels, audiobooks, or eBooks -- or for 10 hours. Log your books in your account online or on a paper reading log picked up in-person at the Library. When you return your log (or a Reading Champion Finisher badge from online) to the Library, you will receive a FREE book, provided by the Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. & any additional reading incentives, while supplies last. 

  • Adults: Register for the Summer Reading Challenge online. You will be automatically entered into a drawing for FREE books, giftcards, & more! Whenever you finish a book, remember to log it in your reading log online. Help us reach #OneMillionReaders in California!  

What if my child doesn't know how to read yet?
That's fine! If your child is too young to read by themselves, you can read to them or with them!

What can I read that qualifies?
Anything you read qualifies for the Summer Reading Challenge! Any books, magazines, graphic novels, audiobooks, or eBooks. All reading is READING.

Why should I participate?
It's FUN. It's FREE. The Reading Incentives are AWESOME. And all reading is FUN, FREE, & AWESOME!

Are there any events that happen during the Summer Reading Challenge?
Yes! We have LOTS of events happening at all Kern County Library branches across the county. You don't have register for the events, just show up and have FUN! The events are FREE. Check out our online events calender

Any more questions? Call 661.868.0701 or email [email protected].