As you may already know, in line with County health guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all public libraries (including the La Jolla/Riford Library) have been closed since March 16, 2020 until further notice. Here is the most recent update to library services (as of July 23, 2020):

• Items Checked-Out before closure : Due dates have been extended to Aug. 31, 2020.

• Items Checked-Out after closure: have a 30-day loan period.

• Library Accounts: Expiration dates between February 17 – June 29, 2020 are extended to June 30, 2020

• Questions: Library staff can answer phone calls on weekdays from 9am – 5pm. The La Jolla/Riford Library’s phone number is (858) 552-1657. You can also email your questions to

• Bookdrops are closed until further notice

Also, here is a link to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Library Closure.

**VIRTUAL** Middle School Book Club, Teen Council, and Teen Book Club Meetings!



For more information, see the Events calendar.

New to the club? Email Youth Services Librarian Dana Sanchez at

Sign Up for the Summer Reading Program!


Read, Investigate, and Discover this summer and join the Summer Reading Program: “Dig Deeper!”

San Diego Residents of all ages are encouraged to sign up for this virtual event to dig below the surface and discover something new! Read 10 books or for 10 hours to collect prizes and complete fun at-home activities to earn digital badges. Sign up begins June 1st and the program will last through August 31st.

Register online for the Summer Reading Program - Sign Up Here.

READING PRIZES: srp_2020_prize.pdf

For updates on when prizes can be collected from your local library, please check here.

PROGRAM RULES & READING LOG: srp_2020_log.pdf

Don’t have a lot of books lying around the house? Don’t fret and remember that any reading counts! Watch a storytime online or listen to an audiobook. And don’t forget about newspapers, magazines, and comic books. They all are fun ways to Dig Deeper this summer!



The doors may be closed in our buildings, but our San Diego Public Library librarians are working hard to bring storytimes, crafts, science activities, and more to those staying at home. Join our SDPL Stay-In Summer Reading Club Facebook group to gain access to a variety of programs or follow us on the La Jolla/Riford Library's Instagram or Facebook page.

Summer Reading Club Schedule:

Monday & Wednesday

  • 10 a.m. Daily Storytime (Ages 0-5)
  • 12 p.m. Lunch Bunch: Story-a-Day (Ages 6-11)
  • 2 p.m. Create! (Ages 6-11)
  • 4 p.m. Live Teen Programs (Teens)

Tuesday & Thursday

  • 10 a.m. Daily Storytime (Ages 0-5)
  • 12 p.m. Lunch Bunch: Story-a-Day (Ages 6-11)
  • 2 p.m. Special Guest Spotlight (Ages 6-11)
  • 4 p.m. Adult Programs (Adult)



  • 10 a.m. Bilingual Storytime (Ages 0-5)
  • 12 p.m. Lunch Bunch: Story-a-Day (Ages 6-11)
  • 2 p.m. Children's Fiction Booktalks (Ages 6-11)
  • 4 p.m. Adult Program Series (Adults)


  • 10 a.m. Science Storytime (Ages 0-5)
  • 2 p.m. Simple Science Activities (Ages 6-11)


  • 5 p.m. Mayor Kevin's Storytime Challenge (Ages 0-5)

* Scheduling subject to change, adjustments made depending on the situation.


Looking for new ways to keep your mind occupied while you’re at home? Enjoy hours of discovery and exploration in our eLibrary databases! We’ve got a range of educational opportunities for our youngest patrons to our oldest, all you need is your library card number and password. Don’t have a library card? We’ve got you covered! Get temporary access to many of our eLibrary databased by signing up at and be sure to write down your temporary ID and password. Here are just a few of our free electronic resources:


•  Cloud Library – Borrow a wide array of eBooks and eAudiobooks.

•  Brainfuse Help Now – Provides homework assistance and live tutoring for students in elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and even adult education.

•  Testing & Education Resources Center – Practice for the ACT, SAT, GMAT, or GED tests.

•  Gale Courses – Sign up for a variety of online classes

•  Rosetta Stone – Learn or practice a new language.

To see the full range of databases we have available, visit:

Educational Apps for Kids


Learn from home by downloading any of these fun, engaging apps for children of all ages on your cell phone or tablet!

Click here for a complete list of educational apps, which are also included on the library's iPad station known as the Krayon Kiosk.

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