The San Benito County Free Library would like to invite community members to participate in the annual Summer Reading Program, which this year has a theme of “Reading by Design: Build a Better World.”

Various cultures and regions of our world will be explored through games, crafts, entertainment, prizes, and, of course, books. Registration began at the library on Monday, June 5 and is open to children and adults of all ages and abilities. Participants will set their own reading goals and will receive prizes at the conclusion of the Summer Reading Program for achieving those goals.

Children up to 12 years of age are invited to attend the library’s in-person Children’s Summer Reading Program events taking place every Thursday from 2-3:30 p.m. from June 15 through July 20. Students ages 12 and up are invited to attend the library’s in-person Teen Summer Reading Program taking place every Tuesday from 2-3:30 p.m. from June 20 through July 18. Lunch will be provided at all Summer Reading Program events and participation in the program and all library events is free.

The San Benito County Library’s goal for the Summer Reading Program is not only to promote a love of reading, but to help prevent “summer slide,” which occurs over summer vacation when reading skills can deteriorate with the absence of school. The good news is that summer reading can help prevent this downtrend.  A librarian will be happy to help you find reading materials that are just right for you and your child.

For more details, visit the San Benito County Free Library at 470 Fifth St. in Hollister, online at, call (831) 637-4107 or send an email to We hope to see you this summer!