Kids’ Summer Reading Program Returns!

Kids’ Summer Reading Program Returns!

It wouldn’t be summer without our popular program that brings kids and books together.

Students from 1st grade through middle school take on the challenge to read six books in six weeks. Each year, a special theme helps motivate readers as they make the commitment to pass up “screen time” in favor of books.

This year’s theme is Beach Bingo!

In addition to winning prizes for completing six books in six weeks, participants can earn additional treats by filling out the Beach Bingo game card.

Who: Readers of all ages from first grade through middle school

When: June 12 – July 24, 2021

Where: Register in person at the library or online here. Then read wherever your summer takes you! Stop by the library to update your progress on our Wall of Fame so we can celebrate what an awesome reader you are.

Why: Because reading is fun!!! OK, also because you can win some great prizes!

Did someone say prizes???

Readers who finish 6 grade-level appropriate books in 6 weeks will win a gift certificate to Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab! And… readers who fill out their Beach Bingo playing card by completing the reading activities will win a gift certificate to In-N-Out Burger.

All participants are invited to an awards ceremony at the library on Saturday, July 24 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm.

>>Register Here

>>Download Your Beach Bingo Card



First Book Sale of 2021!

Join us on Saturday, May 1, 2021 for an outdoor book sale from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. The sale will take place in the library parking lot at 240 N. 9th Street in Grover Beach, just north of the post office and next to Ramona Park.

Not only is this our first book sale of 2021, May 1 is also the 17th anniversary of the library! That’s right, we opened our doors way back in 2004, before the first iPhone. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our special day than with the community that has supported us all these years.

We’ll have our famous “books by the inch” prices so you can stock up on all your favorite genres. In addition, we’ll have some fun specials designed to delight the whole family:

• A free book for every child while supplies last
• Cookbooks for only 10 cents each
• A free 1-inch stack of books with your purchase
• The ever-popular bag sale starts at 1:30 p.m. Shoppers buy a paper grocery bag for $2 and fill it with books of their choosing.

Whether it is children’s books, biographies, popular fiction, crafts, self-help, or coffee table and collectable books, we have something for the bookworm in you.

The sale is outdoors, and entry will be staggered to provide plenty of space for safe social distancing. We will also supply hand sanitizer and gloves.

In case of rain, check out our website for latest updates. For more information, send an email to

Library Now Open for Limited Access

We are excited to report that after several weeks of “pick up” only operations, the State of California has decreed that we may open to the public with limited access.

We will keep the same hours as the curbside service of Monday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. allowing our volunteer librarians to comfortably interface with the public under these present circumstances. As conditions determine and demand increases, extended hours will be considered.

Only 5 patrons, including children, may be present in the library at once. All patrons are requested to wear a mask and gloves. Please return books in the outside book drop.

Library Now Open for Curbside Service

The time has finally arrived—we are open for curbside service on Mondays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sorry, no patrons can come inside just yet, but you can call (805) 481-4131 and let us know what your favorite genre is or your favorite author, and let our dedicated volunteer librarians help.

Staff will practice social distancing as well as wear masks and gloves.

One more thing to note, for the safety of our volunteers and that of the community, no book donations will be accepted until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Special Storytime Guest Reader

Meet Heather Houston. Heather was one of our eager readers in the Youth Summer Reading Program, finishing a total of 18 books — 3 times the amount needed to win a prize! Heather then donated the books she read to our library because she wanted other readers to have a chance to enjoy them the way she had.

Recently, at the library’s regular Storytime, Heather took the plunge and read out loud to a group for her first time! Heather is pictured here, with our dedicated children’s librarian Maria Dowdy, finding her voice as she reads to others.

We look forward to helping your child become a library superstar, just like Heather.

Summer Reading Program Successfully Concludes

The Grover Beach Community Library recently completed another successful Summer Reading Program with seventeen youngsters having read a total of 133 books, and those who read six books in six weeks were duly rewarded with a gift certificate from In-N-Out Burger. The youngest reader was five years old and the oldest was 15. A seven-year-old girl had the honor of reading eighteen books, the most of any reader. Barbara Nicolls, Library Volunteer and coordinator of the program said, “Since the beginning of this program in 2010, this summer was the most successful we have ever had. We are so proud of our readers!” Nicolls went on to describe that beginning readers read illustrated books, then books become more difficult for readers depending upon their age: story books, chapter books and for some advanced readers, young adult classics such as Robinson Crusoe.