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August 9, 2011 > Festival celebrates reading

Festival celebrates reading

Infants through teenagers have been enjoying books and earning prizes all summer long through Hayward Public Library's Summer Reading Program. "One World, Many Stories" began June 13 and culminates Saturday, August 13 with the 5th annual Reading Rodeo Festival, an outdoor family event that celebrates reading and learning in a community environment.

The rodeo is for kids through 6th grade, and all are welcome, regardless of participation in the reading program. Entertainment will be provided by singer/songwriter Jose Luis Orozco and Nick Barone Puppets, and kids can enjoy a bounce house and Sumo-suits courtesy of Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD), a small animal petting zoo, and face painting. The Hayward Fire Department will be on hand, and don't miss T-Rex Thunderlizard's Wild West Review! Light refreshments will be provided to fuel the fun.

1,450 kids participated in this summer's reading program with 600 to 700 "finishers" logging the full amount of 15 reading hours. Those finishers will be entered in a raffle to win various prizes.

The Reading Rodeo event rounded up over 600 kids and parents last year and around 350 kids are expected on Saturday. But the fun doesn't end with summer. The library offers many year-round programs for kids including story times, arts and crafts, homework help center, and bilingual Spanish outreach.

Seconds 2 Read is a program where librarians visit all second grade classrooms in the Hayward Unified School District to share the importance of getting a library card. Funded by the Hayward Rotary Club and the Hayward Literacy Council, students are also treated to a free paperback book. Learn more about these and other opportunities by visiting

While the reading program has come to a close, a vast world of books still remains, so don't forget to visit your library and keep reading!

Reading Rodeo Festival
Saturday, August 13
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hayward Main Library
835 C St., Hayward
(510) 293-8685

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