Summer Reading Program

2021 Summer Reading program, Reading Colors Your World.
  1. Program Information
  2. Importance of Summer Reading

Program Information

Anaheim Public Library launches this year's summer reading program, "Reading Colors Your World!" from Tuesday, June 1 to Friday, August 6, 2021. 

Your neighborhood Anaheim Library is hosting various virtual programs and activities for children, teens, and adults on the Library's FacebookInstagram, and YouTube

Readers can track their reading progress, earn badges, win prizes, and more by logging their points in the READsquared app or visiting

Earn points by reading or completing activities like watching a virtual program, reserving a STEAM kit or checking out an eBook. 

Participants can also increase their odds at winning in weekly raffles by completing additional activities! Find the complete list in the READsquared app.  

Virtual Programs

Anaheim's comeback includes the reopening of library branches across the city after temporary closure to address coronavirus.

This summer, we've continued to bring Anaheim residents engaging and educational programs virtually on the Library's Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

Find this summer's virtual program details below and a complete list of branch programs at

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  1. Summer Reading Fun
  2. STEAM Adventures

Watch virtual programs on the Library's Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube

  • California Joe: Magic Colors Your World!
    Watch on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube

    Explore the magic of color! California Joe teaches hands-on magic experiments like camouflage, optical illusions, static electricity, and more!

  • Bilingual Family Concert with Nathalia
    This virtual program is no longer available to watch

    Nathalia uses a creative bilingual approach to engage families in a fun-filled musical concert. With themes like space exploration, dinosaurs, or cruising down the Amazon River, her catchy original songs will have everyone singing, dancing, and maybe even learning a little Spanish, in this multi-cultural experience.

  • Rally Readers Storytime with Angels Baseball
    Watch on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube & Thursday, July 29 at 11 a.m.

    Be a Rally Reader and tune in for a storytime hosted by Angels Baseball for a chance to win a meal card from Chick-fil-A!

  • Franklin Haynes Marionettes: The Princess and the Pirates
    This virtual program is no longer available to watch

    Pirate Jack Cannonball locks up Princess Rachel on Skull Island. To free the Princess, her brother John, his trusty pirate dog Treasure, and his pirate friends have to get Cannonball to laugh! Polly the Parrot narrates the pirate adventure, and keeps the pirate jokes coming!

  • Reimagine Your Favorite Books Through Zines
    Watch Part I on Instagram or YouTube
    Watch Part II on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube
    Watch Part III on Wednesday, August 4 at 11 a.m.

    This workshop series will introduce attendees to different types of zines, or handmade booklets, and show them how to create their own! Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite book to the virtual workshop to create a fanzine or a zine reflecting on the content of that book. Participants can pick up a kit with supplies from their neighborhood library branch. This workshop series is a collaboration with Able ARTs Work, an organization that provides lifelong learning, community service, and vocational opportunities through the creative arts for people of all abilities and all ages.

  • Open Mic Night
    Watch on Facebook

    Poets, singers, songwriters, storytellers, and listeners are welcome! This program is open to performers and spectators of all ages and includes a featured reading by a local published author.

  • The Arty Loon Show
    This virtual program is no longer available to watch

    Arty Loon’s uproarious variety show will capture imaginations, ignite creativity, and inspire children to discover their own world of amazing stories featuring astonishing magic, comedy, puppetry, juggling, and balloons.

  • The Sparkle and Fly Show with Rebecca Martin
    Watch on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube

    Tales of imagination, fairies, unicorns, and dragons from around the world! Let’s explore the realms of these magical creatures through enchanting stories, brought to life with characters, puppets, and songs.

  • Doodlebugs Animal Adventures
    Watch on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube

    Join us for a fun storytime plus live animal friends! We will nurture each child's innate wonder of the world around them. We will build empathy and a sense of connection with all living things. We will encourage children to ask questions, explore using all their senses, and embrace their role as stewards of this beautiful planet.

  • APL's Rock Band Presents: Your Favorite Characters with a Color Your World Concert!
    Watch on Monday, August 2 at 11 a.m.

    Anaheim Public Library staff rocks out to classic children’s music dressed as your favorite book characters!