Summer Reading Challenge

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This summer, Californians of all ages and ancestries are reading.

Some are reading for work. Some are reading for fun. Either way, reading is good for us in all kinds of ways.

California's 1,100 libraries are challenging themselves to sign up 1 million readers for summer reading programs between June 21 and August 31, 2017.

The California State Library invites you to be one of those 1 million readers – and be entered in a drawing to win a prize.

Prizes: We have 3 touchscreen, WiFi-enabled, glare-free Kindle E-readers to give away this year, thanks to a generous donation from the California State Library Foundation.

Here's all you do to join the challenge:

  1. Read or listen to a book. Print or e-book – your choice
  2. When you finish, send an email with the book's title to

That's it. Every completed book represents one chance to win. Read a book that the State Library has a copy of and get two chances to win.

Your State Library is more than just a place for learning about California's history. That said, in figuring out whether a book you're reading is part of our collection, books relating to California history or written by California authors are a safe bet. So is classical literature, ancient Greek and Roman, but also more modern. Want to know for sure? Go to the library's website – – click on "Catalogs" at the top and search for the title.

The more books you read, the more chances to win!

Winning entries will be drawn on August 31 and prizes distributed in early September.

And every reader involved is counted as part of the #onemillionreaders challenge.

Must be a California resident to enter; all others are still encouraged to read books.