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June 5, 2018 > Library offers readers a summer challenge

Library offers readers a summer challenge

Submitted By Alice Kim

The San Leandro Public Library has kicked off its 2018 Summer Reading Challenge. This year?s theme is ?Reading Takes You Everywhere? and is open to children and adults.

As part of the challenge, library branches will host a range of free programs for children and teens, including puppet and magic shows, craft programs, movie matinees, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs, and weekly story times, movies and DIY craft programs. Adult events include World Cup soccer and film screenings, green programming, and meditation.

There are different incentives for each age group to complete the challenge. Youths can earn prizes donated by local businesses and the Recreation and Human Services Department. Participants finishing by Aug. 3 earn a ticket to the Library?s end-of-summer carnival or earn raffle tickets for weekly prize drawings and other prizes.

Summer Reading helps prevent the ?summer slide,? which refers to the months of summer vacation when many kids lose some of the valuable skills learned during the school year. Last summer, more than 4,500 community members joined the library?s summer reading program. This summer, the library hopes to encourage 5,000 or more readers to participate.

There is no cost to participate in the program and everyone who registers will receive a summer reading passport. Sign-ups can be made in person at the main library, 300 Estudillo Ave., or at any branch library. For details, call the main library children?s desk at (510) 577-3960 or visit their website at www.sanleandrolibrary.org.

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