Summer at the library

Reading programs offer something for all ages
By: Susan Belknap, Press-Tribune Editor
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A few weeks from now schoolchildren in Roseville and Granite Bay will be cleaning out their desks, saying goodbye to classmates and teachers in anticipation of summer vacation. But after a few weeks of sleeping in late and catching up on old reruns of their favorite TV show, many students will need some form of regular activity and parents will be tired of hearing, “there’s nothing to do.” When the outside temperature reaches the century mark and spending time in the backyard pool becomes old hat, why not try a trip to the local library? According to Jamie Finley, library technician for the Roseville city libraries and Arlea Cone, library assistant at the Granite Bay Library, this year’s summer reading program offers something for all ages. For the 4- to 11-year-old set, the “Catch the Reading Bug” theme is sure to please with its schedule of activities at each of the area’s libraries. In order to encourage teenagers to keep up their reading skills, librarians are hoping “Metamorphosis”-themed posters will catch their eye. Cone said the Granite Bay branch is also in the process of organizing a teen advisory board. “Last year we had about 250 kids participating in our programs,” Cone said. “The kids keep track of their reading and we reward them with prizes like more books, slap bracelets and T-shirts.” Those who attend Roseville libraries can turn in their weekly reading logs to be redeemed for certificates for local restaurants and passes to the Roseville Aquatic Center, according to Finley. Finley said the Roseville program officially begins June 23 and continues for five weeks, with children keeping track of how many minutes they read each day. After a reading log is complete with a parent’s signature, those prizes can be redeemed. In addition to prizes, regular activities and events will be featured at the library locations. Magician Brian Scott gets the summer rolling June 18 at the Granite Bay facility with a magic show that Cone said is guaranteed to amaze all ages. “This is the third year Brian has performed for us at the library,” Cone said. “He’s going to cut someone in half.” Following Scott’s performance, the Granite Bay branch will conduct a crafts event featuring jewelry-making, tile painting and windsock fabricating June 25. There is no fee for the supplies, but Cone said a limited amount of space is available. Animal lovers won’t want to miss representatives from Nature’s Critters, who will be on hand exhibiting several types of exotic animals. According to Cone, another favorite with Granite Bay library patrons is the annual Talent Show and Poetry Slam scheduled for July 23. Cone said previous talent show participants have performed Celtic dances, piano tunes and a few even displayed artwork. “It’s not a competition show,” Cone said. “We give out lots of raffle prizes for participants.” For those patrons not old enough to read, local libraries offer several opportunities to enjoy story time during the summer months. Times and locations of the weekly offering for pre-schoolers is available at or for Granite Bay residents. Finley encourages families to join the fun and discover the enjoyment reading can provide. She said in addition to regular story times and free events, the Roseville library branches will also be offering several fee-based programs and camps.