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Los Altos Library spotlights summer reading


Marie Godderis/Town Crier Intern
Ron McGee of Python Ron’s Reptile Kingdom, left, entertains an enthralled crowd July 3 at the Los Altos main library, including a brave young volunteer, right. The event was part of the library’s summer reading program.

Through its summer reading program, “It’s Showtime at Your Library!” the Santa Clara County Library District aims to put books in the spotlight and encourage more people to read.

“Whether it’s a good book or an engaging activity, kids and teens can go to the library to learn and have fun,” said Mike Wasserman, chairman of the district’s Joint Powers Authority Board. “Adults can also enjoy all the books, music, DVDs, programs and other services the library has to offer.”

The program began last month and is scheduled to run through July in Los Altos and throughout the district. The goal, according to district officials, is for each participant to read at least five books and log them online.

The district wants to urge students to read because studies show that school-aged children are susceptible to the “summer slide,” when a child’s reading ability decreases because school is not in session.

To boost engagement, the district is offering prizes and other activities.

People who log five books and complete at least one activity are entered to win prizes that include passes to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium, Gilroy Gardens and the Children’s Musical Theater’s production of “James and the Giant Peach.” In addition, readers who are older than 13 will be entered in a drawing to win four passes to a San Francisco 49ers Preseason Game Day Experience.

The library district will host several family-friendly events as part of the reading program, including a performance by the bilingual ensemble group Cascada de Flores, a Battle of the Bands competition for teenage musicians and antique appraisals at which people can discover the worth of their treasures.

The summer reading program is the district’s blockbuster event of the year, according to Wasserman. Participation increased 28 percent last year over the year before, said county librarian Nancy Howe, and the goal this year is to read 200,000 books collectively.

“The great thing about our summer reading program is that reading can be done anywhere,” said Rose Baiza, supervising librarian for children’s services at the Los Altos Library. “Our goal is to make reading fun and convenient for all participants.”

The schedule of remaining activities at the Los Altos Library follows.

• 3 p.m. today: Ventriloquism and puppets with Tortoise and Hare

• 11 a.m. Saturday: Cascada de Flores musical performance

• 3 p.m. July 17: Build, Play & Learn, featuring big blue blocks, giant games and more

• 3 p.m. July 24: Science Tellers, featuring “Aliens Escape from Earth”

• 3 p.m. July 31: Magic show with Phil Ackerly

• 3 p.m. Aug. 7: Circus of Smiles and prize pickup

To register, for a list of events districtwide and for more information, visit sccl.org/summer2019.

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