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Local libraries offer free summer reading programs

Roseville, Granite Bay libraries have kids track reading for prizes
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Calum Westaby leaned forward, listening intently to every word read during story time for preschoolers at Granite Bay Library.

He looked back at his mom, smiling and widening his eyes when he heard something funny. When librarian assistant Susan Grider turned on a children's song, Calum, 4, jumped up to dance along.

"He loves story time," said his mom Heather Westaby. "He looks forward to it all week and talks all week about what books he'll pick out. He's thirsty for (reading)."

Granite Bay Library started its annual summer reading program June 1 to encourage a love of reading in kids and teens. This is especially critical during the summer when children tend to lose some knowledge gained during the school year.

Local libraries are offering free programs this summer.

Granite Bay Library

As part of the summer program, kids track their reading through Aug. 1 to win prizes. Grider said more than 200 reading logs had been picked up during the first week of the program.

"They read for prizes and for the fun, because reading is its own reward," Grider said.

The library is hosting a series of events this summer, including Puppet Art Theater's presentation "Tommy's Space Adventure" at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. The library will host a crafts day at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 27.

"We think we've done a good job with crafts this year," Grider said. "We have a variety of different things for different age levels."

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, there will be a "Star Wars" party with games, food and real-life characters. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in costumes. The next day at 11:15 a.m., there will be a special story time and outdoor activity with the Placer Nature Center.

Children can enjoy an afternoon playing bingo at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, and finish up the program with a performance by magician Donny Crandell at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.

Story time for preschoolers takes place at 11:15 a.m. Thursdays.

Roseville public libraries

Roseville's public libraries offer three summer reading clubs: Dream Big for kids up to 12 years old, Own the Night for teens 13 to 18 and Between the Covers for adults 18 and up. Reading logs are available beginning Saturday, June 16, at the libraries or on the city's website.

The program encourages youth to read for at least 20 minutes every day for eight weeks. Kids and teens automatically win weekly prizes and adults are entered into a raffle. The libraries have nearly two dozen summer reading events planned.

Jamie Finley, with the city's Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department, said she's looking forward to the Busy Bee Dog Show at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 9, at the Maidu Community Center, and 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 16, at Martha Riley Library.

"These trained dogs dress up in costumes and perform tricks, dance around and just look adorable," Finley said. "It's going to be a great family show."

She said the Zun Zun Music Show will also be a highlight. The show at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, features international music and instruments for kids.

"There's something really exciting about having a music concert in the library, where things are traditionally quiet," Finley said. "We like to shake it up."

The Summer Reading Club kick-off party takes place from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at all three local libraries.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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