Summer Reading Program 2023

Colorful illustrated underwater sealife

Summer in the City sunglasses

What would Summer in the City be without the Library's popular Summer Reading Program? This year's theme is Dive into Reading and what better way to do that than by joining the reading challenge! Simply REGISTER through Beanstack, then hook a good book and get started. Remember to log your minutes to earn great prizes. One lucky reader will win our Grand Prize – a one-year membership to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, so you and your family can get up close and personal with all the fish in the sea! 

Important Dates:
May 6: Beanstack Registration opens
June 1: Summer Reading Challenge begins
August 12: Last day to log minutes
August 14: Grand Prize winner announced
August 31: Last day to pick up prizes

The Library Summer Reading Program is funded by the Paso Robles Paso Robles Library Foundation.


Adults can get in the swim at the Library this summer by signing up for special ocean-themed classes and events taking place on Wednesday evenings. Cruise to the island continent of Australia for an armchair travel adventure with Carol Singleton, learn all about our favorite local pinniped, the elephant seal from Friends of the Elephant Seal, and wade through our local tidepools with the Central Coast Aquarium. The library’s popular craft meetups will continue with fun monthly projects using papier mâché and decoupage, polymer clay, and macramé.  The Adult Book Group will be reading Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery, The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See, and Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. Join us as we “bask in the vastness of the sea” (Marcellus, Remarkably Bright Creatures).

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Create a Summer Showpiece--Clay Wave Pendant Circular pendant with wave in various shades of blue

Registration Period: June 9-23

Pickup Party: Wednesday, July 5, 6-7 pm

Library Conference Room

Using polymer clay and a special twisting technique, design a beautiful ocean-inspired pendant. Use wire to create a bale and then bake your creation in an oven to harden the clay. Thread your pendant on the leather thong included in your kit and wear it all summer long. This is a perfect class for beginner and intermediate level crafters, requiring manipulation of clay and wire construction to complete. Light refreshments wil be provided. Space is limited. Registration with a Paso Robles Library card is required for each participant. For ages 16+.

Join the Discussion: The Soul of an Octopus by Sy MontgomeryIllustration of purple octopus

Wednesday, June 21, 6-7 pm

Library Conference Room

In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two vastly different minds. This title is available in various formats through the catalog. Space is limited. Registration is required for each participant. For ages 16+. 

Wish You Were Here: Australia Photo of Syndey Opera House

Wednesday, June 28, 6-7 pm

Library Conference Room

Travel through Australia by plane, train, automobile, and boat with avid traveler Carol Singleton! From the outback to the country’s major cities to the Great Barrier Reef – you will see all sides of Australia, experiencing vast landscapes, learning about the indigenous culture, and enjoying the natural beauty of the national parks. If you have ever wanted to visit Australia, Carol’s comprehensive tour will ensure this country will be added to your bucket list. Space is limited. Registration is required for each attendee. For ages 16+.

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Join us for fin-tastic, family-friendly classes and activities all summer long. Each Wednesday at 2:30 pm we’ll host an event that will keep you swimming back for more, including visits from Conservation Ambassadors’ amazing animal friends, magician Shawn McMasters, Central Coast Aquarium’s tantalizing touring Tide Pool, and many more! If you’re crafty, be sure to splash in for our Ocean Tie Dye class or get sandy with our Beachy Sand Art activity. Check out the library's free children's events below.

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Storyteller John WeaverMan in ball cap entertaining children

Wednesday, June 14, 2:30 pm

Library Conference Room

Celebrate literacy with some totally tubular tales from storyteller John Weaver as he lights up the imaginations of adults and children alike with an energetic, interactive, humor-filled performance that will educate, entertain, enrich, and inspire. Join us for an afternoon of energetic telling of legends and laughter for all ages. Space is limited. Free admission ticket available 30 minutes prior to program.

Zoo to YouMan holding alligator in front of children

Wednesday, June 21, 2:30 pm

Library Conference Room

Don't miss out on our first visit of the summer from the amazing animals of Conservation Ambassadors! Educating our community about the importance of conservation while creating special encounters that allow children to get up close and personal with animals they might never see in the wild. It's always a good time when these fin-tastic ambassadors sail in to our Library! Space is limited. Free admission ticket available 30 minutes prior to program.

Ocean Tie DyeGirl in tie-dyed tee shirt by ocean

Wednesday, June 28, 2:30 pm

Library Lawn area

Join Miss Melissa on the lawn in front of the Library for a fun Tie Dye extravaganza! You bring the white cotton tee shirt and we’ll provide everything you need to make one groovy nautical top. No need for a ticket, just check in with Miss Melissa to get started. Activity will continue while supplies last! 

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Mondays, 2:30 pm, Animal Tales with Miss Frances. A story and craft appropriate for children in grades K-5. Woman in green sweater holding book up for baby

Tuesdays, 4:00 pm, Cuentos y Crafts with Cristal. A bilingual story and craft appropriate for children in grades K-5.

Wednesdays, 10:00 am, Preschool Story Time with Miss Melissa. Stories and a craft specially selected for school readiness, ages 4-6. Space is limited so stop by the Children's Desk for your free ticket to join in.

Thursdays, 9:30 am and again at 10:00 am, Baby Story Time with Miss Carrie. Rhymes and movements appropriate for children ages 0-18 months and their caregivers. Space is limited so stop by the Children's Desk for your free ticket to join in.

Fridays, 10:00 am and again at 11:00 am, Toddler Story Time with Miss Cappy. Stories, songs and a craft specially selected for early literacy skills, ages 2-3. Space is limited so stop by the Children's Desk for your free ticket to join in.