Join us for
PVLD's Summer Read-A-Palooza
"Read Beyond the Beaten Path"
summer fun for ages TK - 101!

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Younger than TK?

Don't worry, we have a year long program for you called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! Click below for more info.


Welcome to the 2022 Summer Read-A-Palooza, 'Read Beyond the Beaten Path' for Kids! 

Who can participate
Kids starting Transitional Kindergarten through 5th grade in Fall 2022 can join! 
When kids can participate
The Summer Read-A-Palooza starts on June 1st and ends on August 15th, 2022.
Why kids should participate
Read in the summer and you’ll maintain or even improve your reading skills! Discover the fun of reading. Try activities that challenge you. Experience how reading enhances every interest, hobby and trend you love. And remember, with Summer Read-a-Palooza, you can read anything! Any reading level, any topic, in any format. It’s fine to re-read a favorite or try something new and different!
How it works
To get started, drop by any PVLD location to pick up a game board log or print one out at home: 2022 Summer Read-A-Palooza Game Board 
Complete activities all summer long! Choose activities from a variety of options such as reading for 30 minutes, attending a library program, creating a wacky story, learning how to do a magic trick and more. Repeat your favorite activities as many times as you like. 
When you reach a "PICK A PATCH" space on the game board, you've earned a souvenir iron-on patch! Check out our new patches for 2022. Collect all 8!  
Stop by any PVLD location to pick up your patches.  If you can't get to the library, we can also mail you your patches. Just fill out this form: Mail me my patch! 

Summer Events for Kids
I SPY Scavenger Hunt
Monday, June 13, 2022 - Monday, August 08, 2022 @ All Branches
Scout out hidden pictures and objects. You can do this scavenger hunt at any library, any time the library is open! What will YOU find in the library?
Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm @ Peninsula Center Library Community Room
Follow the “Bookwalk” map! You’ll discover awesome books and surprising spaces in the library! Taking this indoor walk will leave you hungry to explore the library even more… and you’ll finish your walk by making a special craft. Drop in anytime between 1 and 3. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Librarian for a Day
Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm @ Miraleste Library Main Floor
An event for library loving kids! See what library staff members do and try some of the tasks yourself!  Drop in anytime between 1 and 3 PM for activities and crafts and earn your HLD (Honorary Librarian Diploma) Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Creation Station - Art!
Tuesday, August 02, 2022, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm @ Peninsula Center Library Community Room
We'll provide all sorts of art materials - you provide your imagination to make your very own artwork . Will it be a collage.. a sculpture …a portrait…. ? Make anything! You get to decide, create and enjoy the process of creation. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Out of this World!
Thursday, August 04, 2022, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm @ Malaga Cove Library Gallery and Garden
We’re exploring Space…. in the library at this fun drop-in program! Come anytime between 1 and 3 pm for out of this world activities, crafts and extraterrestrial fun! Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Rooftop Movie: Troop Beverly Hills
Friday, August 05, 2022, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm @ Peninsula Center Library Rooftop
Join us on the rooftop of Peninsula Center Library for an outdoor screening of "Troop Beverly Hills" (1989), starring Shelley Long, Craig T. Nelson and Mary Gross. Perfect for the whole family. Chairs will be available but feel free to bring your own blankets, chairs and snacks. All ages.

All programs are subject to change without notice. Registration is not required.

Riddle of the Week
Riddle Of The Week
June 6 - August 15, 2022
Use the Zig Zag Code to solve the weekly riddles! Visit any PVLD location and pick up a riddle sheet. After you solve the riddle, show the librarian and get a sticker to put on our riddle poster! 

Questions? Email us at or call us at 310.377.9584 x600.                             


Welcome to the 2022 Teen Summer Reading Program!


How to play

Use your Bingo card to track the books you read! Any books count - your own books, library books, graphic novels, or audio books! When you have completed Bingo, you will receive a $5 Amazon gift card! Complete a second Bingo and earn another $5 Amazon gift card. Limit two gift cards per person while supplies last. To get started, drop by any PVLD location to pick up a Bingo card or print one out at home: 2022 Teen Bingo Card

Stop by any PVLD location to pick up your Amazon cards.  If you can't get to the library, we can also mail you your cards!

Just fill out this form: 2022 Mail Me My Card 



Participants will receive one $5 Amazon gift card when they read 5 books, and can receive another $5 Amazon gift card when they read another 5 books. Limit of two gift cards per person while supplies last. Mailed Amazon cards will be sent via the US Postal Service. 

All participants will also be entered into a Grand Prize drawing to be held at the end of the summer where they will have a chance to win one of three $50 Barnes & Noble gift cards. Drawing to be held Friday, August 19 2022. Winners will be contacted using contact info on entry slips. 

Participating in any of the Teen Summer Reading Program events earns you an extra entry into the Grand Prize drawing! 



Off The Beaten Path Weekly Guessing Game

Each week we will give a summary of a young adult book and you guess which famous story it's reimagining or retelling! One guess per person per week. Your answer gets you an extra chance at the Grand Prize! (All answers will be granted entries whether correct or not.)

Bad Art - June 22 @ 3pm in the Peninsula Center Community Room

Come show off your best "bad" art! Each participant will be given a canvas that's been painted already. With other provided craft supplies, you'll have 30 minutes to make your canvas as ugly as possible. Participants will vote and the worst 3 will win a prize!

Teen Film Festival - July 6, 13, and 20 @ 2pm in the Peninsula Center Purcell Room

Our Teen Film Festival is back! Join us as we screen a different camp related movie. Snacks and drinks will be provided!  All movies rated PG to PG-13. 


Programs are subject to change without notice. Registration is not required. 


Welcome to Summer Read-A-Palooza 2022, 'Read Beyond the Beaten Path'!

This is your chance to get out (or stay in!) and read, listen, share, and learn, all the while earning entries into a monthly raffle.

How to Participate

From June 1 - August 15th, we invite adults 18 years and older to participate in the 'Read Beyond the Beaten Path' themed Summer Read-A-Palooza! Beginning June 1, use the online form as many times as you need to log your activities and/or book reviews each month. Once you're done, you will be entered into our Summer raffles. Prefer paper? Visit any PVLD location to pickup your guide to Summer Read-A-Palooza or download it here:
Activities include:

How to Win 

For each activity or review, you'll receive one entry into a monthly raffle for gift cards to local restaurants. At the end of each month, a winner will be selected. Winners will be notified by email or phone. One monthly prize per person. At the end of August, all participants will be entered into an end of summer drawing with raffle entries that have not yet won. Mark off below what prizes you want your entries to go towards. Prizes must be picked up at the Peninsula Center Library. Check back each month to see who won!
Monthly Raffle Prizes for 6 winners each month:
  • June - $50 gift card to Red Onion
    • Congratulations to Christine, John, Lai, Linda, Teresa, and Yui!
  • July - $50 gift card to Chicken Maison
    • Congratulations to E, Pamela, Huy, Shera, Jennifer, & Clara Denise!
  • August - $50 gift card to Swan Thai
    • Congratulations to Alice, Kasey, Sheila, Jessica, Stacey, & Fibiana!

Grand Prizes:

  • Educational Native and Edible Garden Tour for Four: Your day will start by enjoying an educational tour of the school farm with Farmer Nick, exploring and sampling seasonal herbs, fruits and vegetables. As part of your tour, you will observe and gain an understanding of the importance of the native plants and pollinators in our local ecosystem. You will then participate in a natural dyes art project, learning how to create color with garden based materials, crafting your one of a kind kitchen towels. The visit will conclude with the preparation of a garden harvested lunch, to share with your group at our farm benches. Tour date to be mutually determined by the winner and PV School Gardens and must be scheduled to take place before September 30, 2022. Experience graciously donated by Palos Verdes School Gardens.
    • Congratulations to Pamela!
  • Kindle Essentials Bundle (for 2 lucky winners): Kindle, now with a built-in front light, Black - Ad-Supported, Kindle Fabric Cover – Charcoal Black, and Power Adapter.
    • Congratulations to Daisy & Teresa!
  • AeroGarden: Grow fresh herbs, vegetables, and more in 3 easy steps all year round with AeroGarden indoor garden systems. No soil, no sun, & no green thumb required!
    • Congratulations to Yui!
  • Picnic Set: This picnic backpack and blanket are perfect for four. Picnic backpack includes 4×stainless steel knives, forks, spoons, dinner plates, cotton napkins, wine glasses & 1×cheese/butter knife & 1×bottle opener & 2×salt/pepper shakers & 1×plastic chopping board + waterproof back fleece picnic blanket.
    • Congratulations to Kasey!
  • 6 lucky winners will also win a $25 gift card to Reverent Coffee Bar.
    • Congratulations to Lai, Von, Lucy, Eliana, Clara Denise, and Karenn!

Summer Read-A-Palooza Events For Adults

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Film Screening: My Garden of a Thousand Bees and Wings of Nature 
Friday, June 3, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Malaga Cove Library Gallery

Join our librarians for a double feature screening of pollinator films, the PBS documentary My Garden of a Thousand Bees and Disneynature's Wings of Life. The kickoff event for #PlantWildflowers, attendees will go home with a bookmark & native wildflower seed packet. All ages.

Air Plant Terrarium Take & Make
Register June 20 - July 2, Pickup July 11-25
All PVLD Locations

Make your own air plant terrarium! We provide all the supplies, you put it together. Registration is required online at or by calling 310-377-9584 x601

Horticultural Therapy: The Healing Power of Plants
Thursday, June 23, 10:00am - 11:00am
Peninsula Center Library Community Room

Horticultural therapists Arleen Ferrara & Karen Haney will discuss the history and current state of horticultural therapy as well as how we can use the healing power of plants in our everyday lives. Participants will create pressed flower bookmarks.

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Drum For Your Life: Mindful Therapy with Drumming
Thursday, July 7, 5:30-6:30pm
Peninsula Center Library Community Room

Steven Angel, president and founder of the Drumming For Your Life Institute, will present a workshop of mindfulness therapy with hand-drums—where the power of rhythm creates relaxation, trust, focus, and insight. Drums will be provided.

Go Beyond the Beaten Path with Abstract Art!
Saturday, July 30, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Malaga Cove Library Gallery

Join artist Raphaele Cohen-Bacry for a hands on experience with abstract art and view their art exhibition at the same time! All supplies are provided. Registration is required online or by calling 310-377-9584 x551

The Wonderful World of Herbs
Thursday, July 28, 10:00am - 11:00am
Miraleste Library Deck

Join horticultural therapists Arleen Ferrara & Karen Haney on a deep dive into the world of herbs and why they are some of the most beloved plants for horticultural therapy. Participants will pot up basil plants, make lavender sachets, and enjoy homemade herbal iced tea.

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The Sam Graham Trio
Thursday, August 4, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Peninsula Center Library Community Room

Drawing on an extensive repertoire of jazz standards, The Sam Graham Trio concert will also explore roots in pop and rock music with innovative and surprising adaptations of unexpected songs.

Film on the Rooftop: Troop Beverly Hills
Friday, August 5, 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Peninsula Center Library Rooftop

Join the Beverly Hills Wilderness Girls troop on their journey to the annual jamboree during this screening of the 1989 classic Troop Beverly Hills starring Shelley Long. Chairs will be provided. All ages.

Nature Walk & Garden Talk
Monday, August 8, 10:00am - 11:00am
Offsite Event: Point Vicente Interpretive Center Native Plant Garden
Address: 31501 Palos Verdes Dr W, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275

Take a short, accessible scenic walk with stunning seaside views. Following the walk, restoration ecologist Megan Wolff will discuss the care of native plant gardens with hands on practice pruning and shearing so participants can maintain their own native plant gardens. Registration is required online or by calling 310-377-9584 x601