Summer Reading Challenge July 2023



Read & Raffles

Potions, dragons & gems -- oh my!

Celebrate the magic of the mountains & expand your imagination! Log your reading for a chance to win some magical prizes -- from a spyglass to a panning kit, a golden snitch and magical wands, even your own rock tumbler. Oh, did we mention the black dragon Squishmallow?

Sign up online using Beanstack (website or Beanstack Tracker App) or at your local library to receive a paper game board. Log your reading each day & earn a raffle ticket for every 2 hours logged. Get yourself a bonus ticket for completing the challenge (that is, reading 10 hours in the month of July) and for attending a special event at the library. Can’t make it to your local library? We’ll give you a bonus ticket if you make it a point to read outside – because an outside reading nook is a magical thing!



Kids’ Book Club Ideal for children aged 8 - 12 (5+ okay with parental support)

This summer, we are inviting Mono County readers to join us in reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Sign up at your local library (or email your Youth Librarian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and get your very own copy of the book for FREE! We have discussions and activities inspired by the book scheduled throughout the county. See the calendar below to see where you want to join.


Kids Book Club Calendar




Special Events

We’ve got special events happening all across Mono County! Check out the calendar and short descriptions below.

Mineral Dig

Minerals are naturally formed by geological processes – and that’s pretty magical. Humans have long valued minerals for both their beauty and their function, from diamonds as jewelry to iron for building, clay for crafts & living and copper for medicinal purposes. Join the Mineral Dig at your local library & practice your excavation skills. Carefully extract a mineral from a lump of dried dirt & take him home for keeps! You can consider turning it into something or adding it to your rock & mineral collection.

Note: One of the Summer Reading Challenge prizes is a rock tumbler if you're thinking of becoming a rockhound!


Leather Workshop

Join Youth Librarian Carissa Devine for a hands-on leathercraft workshop. Using a touch of water and wooden mallets, carving stamps & embroidery wheels, personalize your own strip of buffalo leather into a bookmark or bracelet.


Power of Crystals Workshop

– at Mammoth Lakes Library only –

Join Kim from the Smoketree Apothecary for an introductory workshop on the Power of Crystals. We will learn about the properties of crystals and how they can be used as well as local crystals that can be found in our magical mountains. Kim will also share a few tips on collecting crystals.


After Kim’s workshop, the Makerspace team will be joining us for wire-wrapping crystal pendants!.

This workshop is for school-aged children, K-12.

Note: Because this event is a collaboration with the Makerspace team & their supplies, all participants must sign a Makerspace waiver.


Animal Tracking Magic with ESIA

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to communicate with animals? This course is a great first step. You’ll be learning how to look for clues left by four-legged friends that tell of their presence. Unlock your intrinsic connection to nature and learn how to read the world around you.




– at Mammoth Lakes Library only –

Whether a wizard, witch or fairy – you’re incomplete without a magical wand! Come make your very own wand using sticks & hot glue. Bring your favorite crystal or gem if you wish. Coming in costume is encouraged!

Note: Because this event is a collaboration with the Makerspace team & their supplies, all participants must sign a Makerspace waiver.

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Use this section to find additional resources for educators. Click Here for Young Adults or here for Children

How can we support you?

Mono County Libraries Youth Program Manager is available to set-up partnerships with local local schools as well as to support local students with after-school programs.  

Library Resources  - A valuable platform for students, teachers and parents that consolidates a wealth of information about children's and young adult titles, authors, author interviews, as well as information for reading assignments and book reports.  As a resident of California, you should have free, direct access to this site. 

Digital databases -- see the Homework Zone page to access the bundle of Proquest databases made available through the CA K-12 Online project, funded in part by the CA State Library.  Some databases require a library card number to access.  Need a library card?  Pass by your local library to get one for free today! 

FREE, online tutoring & homework help -- Brainsfuse Helpnow offers a writing lab, live tutoring, a language lab, a forum to submit any academic questions as well as digital studying tools. Find the link under our Quick Links or on the Homework Zone page on the Programs menu, or click here for direct access. 

School Outreach

Virtual Databases & Library Tours

Looking for some help to introduce your students/teens to research skills? From learning to navigate the CA State Library’s K-12 Online Content (e.g. Proquest & SIRS) to navigating the library for the right type of read, your Youth Librarian is happy to help!  Contact Youth Library Program Manager Carissa Devine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to schedule a session with your class. 

Youth Librarian Led Sessions for your class:

  • Introduction to Library Resources
  • Navigating Digital Databases
  • How to Find a Good Read


Library Programs: 

Let your students know about the following library programs -- whether they are looking for help with homework, reading aloud or to tinker freely in the Makerspace.  If there is a need for a program that we don't yet offer, don't hesistate to reach out to Youth Program Manager Carissa Devine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Makerspace at the Mammoth Lakes Library
    • Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 2 - 5pm
  • Teen Advisory Boards
    • @ Coleville Libary - monthly meeting on selected Friday afternoons
    • @ Lee Vining Library -- TBD
    • @ MHS -- TBD
  • Mammoth Megaminds at the Mammoth Lakes Library An after school program that provides a safe space for students to work on homework, read with a mentor or play board games.  Teen volunteer Homework Coaches are present.  Interested in volunteering? Contack Carissa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • MUSD minimum days, 1:30 - 3:30
  • iPadPro & Apple Pencil Lending for Teens  Teens can borrow a digital art bundle -- iPad, apple pencil & bluetooth headphones -- that includes apps for creating digital art (Adobe Fresco, Photoshop, Procreate).  Devices must remain in the library. 
    • @Coleville Library -- available whenever the library is open
    • @Lee Vining Library-- available whenever the library is open
    • @Mammoth Lakes Library -- available whenever the library is open
  • Recording Studio
    • @Coleville Library -- available whenever the library is open
    • @Lee Vining Library -- available whenever the library is open 
    • @Mammoth Lakes Library -- TBD



Online Resources & Homework Help 

Did you know that you have access to reliable, trustworthy databases through your public library -- all for free?  Below you'll find a range of resources that will help you with all sorts of school tasks -- from simple homework assignments, to research papers or even just for your own curiosity.  

Mono County Library Sponsored Resources

You can access these resources using your 14 digit library card number:

KOHA Library Catalog

  • Our online catalog. Sign in to renew materials and place holds - requires you to set up a password with Library Staff in advance.


OVERDRIVE (Library to Go)  

  • Digital audio books & eBooks


Driver Education Program

  • Includes 11 car practice tests, 6 motorcycle practice tests, 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and a FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.



California State Library Digital Resources

Online content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, ProQuest research databases, and Book Connections are available — at school, at home, in libraries, on laptops, on phones — to all.  When accessing from home, you may need to enter either your school provided username and password or your Mono County Library card number. Need help?  Reach out to your Youth Librarian, Carissa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

These three databases are provided for all California students from the California State Library.

Encyclopaedia Britannica (PreK-12)

A comprehensive interactive resource for research and learning for grades K-12. Includes correlations to California Content Standards and other valuable teacher resources. Post links directly to each school level, elementary, middle or high.

Elementary  Middle  High Escolar

Need help from Britannica? See our support page. (800) 621-3900 x 7160 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Book Connections

Personalize and enjoy digital connections to books for kids and teens.



Need help from Book Connections? See our support page. 510-239-7391 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ProQuest (Grades 3-12)

CultureGrams SIRS Discover SIRS Issues Researcher elibrary Guided Research Edition
elibrary Database Edition ProQuest Research Companion Schools and Educators Complete

  • CultureGrams - Concise social, cultural, and political information on countries, U.S. states, and provinces around the world. (Grades 3-12)
  • SIRS Discoverer - A general reference database providing safe, reliable, curriculum-aligned content and features for use by students and educators. (Grades 3-9)
  • SIRS Issues Researcher - Pros and cons on 360+ (and growing) complex social issues with relevant, credible information that tells the whole story on the major questions of the day. (Grades 6+)
    SIRS Issues Researcher Off-Campus Access
  • eLibrary - Guided Research edition delivers one of the largest general reference collections of periodical and digital media content including more than 11,000 Research Topics (Grades 6+)
  • ProQuest Research Companion - a self-guided product that supports information literacy, writing, and research skills instruction.(Grades 8+)
    Research Companion Off-Campus Access
  • Schools & Educators Complete - eBook subscription database of over 13,000 titles that supports English Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Information Literacy and Technology. (Grades 9+, possibly some content for Middle School, also includes professional development content for faculty)

Need help from ProQuest? See our support page. 800-521-0600 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Brainfuse offers an array of online support, including online tutoring & Hoework Help for students K-12 as well as the JobNow/VetNow services for adults.  You can access these free services, provided by CA State Library, with your Mono County Library Card.  Features include live online assistance, resume lab help, and wide range of academic tools to help students, job seekers and veterans reach their job & career goals.

HelpNow Homework Help

Click here to access Brainfuse HelpNow - Online Tutoring


Click here to access Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow (Library card required, contact your local library or use the contact form on this website for more information on getting a library card.)

Click here to get a Quick-Start and User Guide for JobNow/VetNow.

Click here to watch a brief youtube tutorial for JobNow/VetNow.

FREE Resources

No library card number necessary!

Online Archive of California     

  • The OAC provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary source collections (artwork, manuscripts, papers, historic photographs, and so on) maintained by more than 200 libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California — including collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses. The OAC is a core component of the University of California California Digital Library (CDL) and is administered by the Digital Special Collections program.



California Digital Newspaper Collection

  • The California Digital Newspaper Collection contains over 400,000 pages of significant historical California newspapers published from 1846-1922, including the first California newspaper, the Californian, and the first daily California newspaper, the Daily Alta California. It also contains issues of several current California newspapers that are part of a pilot project to preserve and provide access to contemporary papers.


CA Newspaper


  • Calisphere is the University of California free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 200,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.


calisphere logo

 Happy researching!

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Carissa Devine

Youth Program Manager

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@monolibraries395, for teens and YA



Use this section to find additional resources for Children and links to external websites and recommended reading lists. Click Here for Young Adults.

New at the Library

Sign up for January's #WinterRead2022 reading challenge!   Here's a handy video on how to use Beanstack, the online website and app that we'll be using to track your progress!


We are excited to share we now offer access to for our parents, teachers, and young people. Use your Mono County library card to log in and find information on children's and young adult titles, authors, program ideas, as well as information for reading assignments and book reports.

Library Programs

Monthly Program Calendar


Youth Programming Newsletter - Quarterly


ABCMouse - Early Learning Resource you can use at the library for free, or sign up for at home account (monthly subscription cost).

Raising A Reader- Our early literacy outreach program for pre-school age children. 

Reading & Book Sites for Children

Award Winners 

Reading list & Recommended Reading Sites 

Children Book Podcasts: 


Recommended New Children's Books at Mammoth Lakes Library -- Summer 2019:

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