University Community Library – Books, Free Seeds, Summer Reading, Listener’s Advisory, Photo Journal, and much more


Courtesy of Melissa Martin, Branch Manager, University Community Branch Library: Check out our featured programs and activities at the library this month. You can call the University Community Library at 4155 Governor Dr. with questions at 858-552-1655. Our operating hours are Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. We know you have many questions but with everything changing so quickly at the time the UCCA newsletter goes to print, we recommend checking the Library and City of San Diego web pages for the most up-to-date information related to COViD-19 guidelines, library hours, etc. at and

Summer Reading Program: Reading Colors Your World; June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021; registration begins June 1. Join us for a summer of reading and fun – earn a badge each time you read one (1) book, read for one (1) hour or complete an activity. You can mix and match the type of badges as you see fit! Collect 10 badges to redeem prizes; prizes are available beginning June 8. Check the Summer Reading Program web page for a complete list of eligible activities, reading lists and resources, plus a schedule for weekly virtual programs.

Snapshot: A Photo Journal of Life During the Pandemic; A project to collect, archive and share photographs that capture the pandemic experience; Submission deadline: June 30, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has swept us all unwittingly into an historical time; a time filled with insecurity, frustration, and anxiety, but also a time filled with introspection, compassion, and hope. Historically, how are you going to look back on this time? How will you remember it? To answer these questions San Diego Public Library’s Special Collections Department wants your help. We are asking the public to help us create an historical record for our archives; a record that provides us and future generations with images of our lives during this pandemic. In order to help, please simply gather together and submit photographs taken since March 2020 that capture and reflect just a moment of time, or images that express or summarize the entire experience. See the web page for more details.

MatchBook: A Personalized List of Authors and Titles: Ignite your love of reading with personalized recommendations just for you! Did you just finish reading a book and are not sure what to read next? No problem! Take a few minutes to fill out the online form and let the library help you. You will receive a personalized list of authors and titles recommended just for you. Unlike Amazon or Goodreads, your recommended list will be prepared by people and not by machine algorithms. Be forewarned that some of the choices may be quirky, adventurous, whimsical, or all the above. The more information you give us, the more we can match your tastes with books curated just for you. For more information, check out the web page or contact us at

Do Your Homework @ the Library: Virtual Homework Help: The San Diego Public Library offers FREE homework assistance for students 6 days a week and serves K-8th grade students. Math, English, and science help is provided and includes sessions for Spanish speakers. The program includes free access to learning materials as well as free access to computers, online research tools, and other digital resources available through the library. Email registration is required to connect with the DYH@L Virtual Homework Help program. Check the website to select a session that fits your schedule then email with your student’s name, grade, school, closest library, and which session they would like to attend. **Information regarding summer camps will be available on the website starting June 1st or email for more information.

Listeners’ Advisory: The San Diego Public Library Podcast: Listeners’ Advisory is the San Diego Public Library podcast and audio access point that connects users with SDPL services, facilities, and staff. Patrons can learn about upcoming programs and periodically enjoy stand-alone episodes that feature unique content tailored for the audio experience. Enjoy a mixture of narrative-driven segments, in-depth interviews, and roundtable discussions about timely services, community-centric matters, along with professional recommendations. Check out special bonus podcasts on the Book Coven and the How-To Festival. This podcast is made possible through a partnership with the San Diego Public Library Foundation.

Free Seeds & Seed Libraries: We’ve got more than books at the library! Take a look at the seed libraries we have opened at multiple City libraries, including Ocean Beach, Scripps Ranch, College-Rolando and Rancho Penasquitos. These seed libraries are free to use and can be picked up onsite or even mailed out! Seed varieties, pickup options and requirements vary by location. Check each seed library location for more details on what is available. By borrowing seeds, growing a plant and sending seeds back to our seed libraries, you’ll be helping us keep our seed library programs going. In addition, many of these seed libraries have related workshops and events on gardening, composting and more. You can also find resources for growing and harvesting food on the City’s Urban Farming website.

In addition to seed libraries, all open Library locations have free seeds available to pick up. Seeds include melons, carrots, squash, and more! Helpful tips for starting your plants from seed included in each package. Thank you to Vlada’s Seeds for Life and the Ahern Seed Company for their generous donation. Visit your local library today to get your free seeds and to check out books on vegetable gardening. One package of each type of seed available per visit while supplies last.

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