NoHo Library’s Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Just Got Even More Fun Thanks to the NoHo Library!

Well if you’re in the NoHo Arts Distict you’re a creative soul. Our North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Branch Library (a.k.a. NoHo Library) is no exception. They create programs for our neighborhood that are fun and encourage reading and library usage.  Are you up for the summer reading challenge? We asked NoHo Librarian Basya Samuels about the summer challenge Reading by Design programming for children and teens.

Make sure to follow our NoHo Library for all the fun (education is fun!) they have planned for the neighborhood!


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What is Reading by Design?

Reading by Design is the theme of our annual summer reading club. The theme is just a way to make the reading, prizes, and programming a little extra fun for all ages.

When children are away from learning in school for the summer months, they experience something dubbed ‘Summer Slide’ or ‘Summer Learning Loss’. Part of the reason for this summer slide is because children aren’t on a continuous learning schedule, and aren’t reviewing material they’ve learned over the year. Therefore, at the beginning of each school year, teachers spend a significant amount of time reviewing already learned material from the year before. Based on many studies, experts agree that in order to combat this issue reading a certain amount of books will prevent this slide! So, as a public service to children & teens, the library offers a summer reading program with incentives to get them to read and avoid the summer slide.

As incentives, we have the free weekly summer programming, as explained below. Separately, we have the sign-ups – where everyone is invited to see the librarians at the information desk and sign up to track their reading time and get free prizes! Prizes given out at sign up, and also completion of reading hours and activities. We’ve got some free coupons and other great giveaways too.

The dates? How do we get started?

The program for Reading by Design begins June 12th, and will end August 5th. Patrons can read and listen to books of their choosing during these weeks, and then log in their time in their booklets. Once a patron has read for 10 hours and completed 4 activities, they have completed the program and will be entered into the grand prize raffle.

COOL NEW FEATURE – everything can be done online! Log into and sign up yourself today and log & track all your activities for some fun electronic badges. Just come into the library for your prizes, and we’ll look you up on our database!

In addition to keeping a reading log, the library offers special weekly events to entice families to come into the library during the summer. We also hope this encourages families to want to choose fantastic books during the summer, and then come back during the rest of year to take advantage of our collection and programming. The free events for are about to start!


There are three options – one is for children ages 0-11, a second is for teens 11 -18, and one is for adults 19+.

Can you give us a little description of some of the events?

Children’s events take place weekly – Mondays at 5:00 pm; Teen events are also weekly – Tuesdays at 3:30 pm; Adults will have three specialized programs throughout the summer. Look everything up at for event times and details.

Kids’ programming – look forward to authors of “Shivers the Pirate” Bonder-Stone & White for some comedic improve fun, Geebo the clown, Incan & Peruvian music, dance party, and much more! Kids have a bonus STEAM-Y Science Summer fun on Wednesdays – drop-in for a DIY science project.

Teen programming – we’ll be busting out the button making machine, learning how to crochet, and being tattooed with some super cool henna!

Adult programming – we’ve got a graphologist/handwriting artist coming at the beginning of the summer, and a solo Play program at the end of the summer.

Happy summer reading!

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