First 5 LA 5 Minutes: Unexpected Ways to Use the Library This Summer

Of course the library has great books to read this summer — but did you know about the other educational materials, fun for kids, ongoing programs, events and more that your local library offers? Here are some ideas for taking full advantage of the wonderful L.A. public libraries and Los Angeles County libraries:

Summer Reading Programs

Get your whole family reading with a fun summer reading challenge. The more your child and family reads, the more points you get. After 1,000 points, you can claim a prize! Register at your local L.A. Public Library.

Reading takes you everywhere! Discover where your imagination can take you this summer with your local L.A. County Library. There are summer reading programs for everyone in the family from babies to adults.

Lunch at the Library

Enjoy a free lunch at the library this summer! Open to children ages 2–18, Lunch at the Library starts June 11 and runs through August 3, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Family Place

Family Place Libraries — funded by First 5 LA — are more accessible to families with infants and toddlers. They provide developmentally-appropriate resources and programs, including Parent-Child Workshops with local experts and therapists. All free!

STAR: Storytelling and Reading

A program for adults and children to come together and enjoy books and storytelling! Volunteer readers read and tell stories with children at local L.A. libraries.

L.A. Plays

Take home a play kit for your child from your local library. Each loaned kit comes with a toy, book and learning activities to do with your child at home.

STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math!

As the L.A. Library says, kids are the “innovators of tomorrow.” STEAM is a program designed to inspire creativity, innovation, and passion for the arts and sciences. Various activities include live animal demonstrations, crafting, robotics and more.

Learn a Language

Take advantage of the L.A. County Library’s free, online language-learning program. Languages available to learn include Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Greek and more! Teach your child the new words you learn.

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