Summer Reading 2023

Libraries evolving with the times -- the former Redondo Beach Veterans Park Library, (now an event venue), and the downtown Manhattan Beach LEED Gold Certified library, designed by architect Johnson Favaro and dedicated in 2015. Library photo by Brad Jacobson

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King, On Writing

A good book, a bicycle and the world is yours to explore. I don’t remember even needing a towel at the beach. Coming out of the water, rolling in the warm sand and baking ourselves into sugar cookie doneness seemed sufficient. But books, well, that’s another story.

Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach libraries

Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach libraries are offering both kid and adult reading programs through the summer. Both are participating in the LA County library online program, June 1 through Aug. 13. You can register at

Manhattan and Hermosa county libraries will also offer live performances for young readers. Their schedules will be available online by the end of May. For more information, contact Manhattan at (310) 545-8595, option 5. 1320 Highland Ave.; Hermosa at 310-379-8475, 550 Pier Ave.


Redondo Beach libraries

Redondo City Library hosts its reading program at both the North and Main branches. Here is the list of programs. Please note, dates and times are subject to change. Check the library’s online calendar ( for the most up to date information.


Children’s Programs

Main Library

303 N. Pac. Cst. Hwy., Redondo Beach

June 10 Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival 12pm-3pm

June 12 Lego Club* 3:30pm-4:30pm

June 13 Eye Care Storytime* 1:00pm-1:30pm

June 19 Lego Club* 3:30pm-4:30pm 

July 20 LGBTQ Storytime* 3:30-4:30pm

June 21 Municipal Services Storytime* 3:30pm-4:30pm

June 30 Family Movie* 3:30pm-5:00pm 

July 7  Special Author Storytime* 3:30pm-4:00pm

July 10  Lego Club* 3:30pm-4:30pm

July 11  Craft* 3:30pm-4:30pm

July 14  Family Karaoke* 3:00pm-4:30pm

July 17  Lego Club* 3:30pm-4:30pm

Aug. 1 Craft* 3:30-4:30pm

Aug. 3 Family Board Game* 3:00pm-4:30pm

Aug. 7 Music Together 11:30am-12:00pm

Aug. 11  Special Author Storytime 1:00pm-1:30pm

Aug. 12 Art Show 12pm-2pm

Aug. 14 Lego Club* 3:30-4:30pm


North Branch

2000 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach

June 14 Music & Movement w/Dance 1* 3:30pm–4:00pm 

June 15 Craft * 3:30-4:30pm

June 22 Family Board Game* 12:00pm-1:30pm

June 26 Police Department Storytime* 3:30-4:30pm

June 29 LGBTQ Storytime* 3:30-4:30pm

July 1 Stitch & Sew Redondo* 11:00am-2:00pm

July 6 Lego Club* 3:30pm-4:30pm

July 12  Fire Department Storytime* 3:30pm-4:00pm

July 13 Craft* 2:00pm-3:00pm

Aug. 5 Stitch & Sew Redondo* 11:00am-2:00pm

Aug. 8 Family Movie* 2:00pm-3:30pm

Aug. 9 Music & Movement* 3:30pm–4:00pm 

Aug. 10 Lego Club* 3:30pm–4:30pm

Aug. 17 Craft* 3:30pm–4:30pm

*Limit 40 individuals


Teen Programs

Main Library

June 21 Karaoke 2pm-3pm

July 20 Art Hunting 2pm-5pm**

August 16 Dipped Mugs 2pm-3pm**


North Branch

June 12 Tiny Art 2pm-3pm**

July 10 Music Mania 2pm-3pm

August 7 T-Shirt Bleaching 2pm-3pm**

**Registration required. Check online calendar for link.

Manhattan Beach Heights library assistant Steve Fulton’s 1988 library card, the first year barcodes were used, rendering card catalogs obsolete. Image courtesy of Steve Fulton


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