Through its summer reading program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere,” the Santa Clara County Library District hopes to encourage local residents of all ages to discover the different places books can take them this summer.
The goal of the free program – which began June 1 and is slated to run through July – is to have each participant read five books and log their progress online.
The engagement in summer reading is especially important for young readers, according to a library district press release, as students tend to lose skills learned throughout the school year in what is often called the “summer slide.”
Rose Baiza, the Los Altos Library’s supervising children’s librarian, emphasized the importance of children finding something to read while school is out.
“By reading over the summer, we hope to engage children to find something to read that they enjoy,” she said. “We like to promote that all reading is good reading.”
To boost participation, the district is offering several activities and rewards for children and adults.
The San Francisco 49ers are sponsoring the district’s program and offering incentives for all readers who sign up. Participants ages 6-18 who meet the goal of reading five books will receive two passes to a 49ers training camp practice (while supplies last). The 49ers also have donated autographed memorabilia and the grand prize – the winner of a drawing will be rewarded with the 49ers Pre-Season Game Day Experience later this summer.
In addition to the districtwide incentives, the Los Altos main and Woodland Branch libraries are offering a free book, a coupon for free ice cream from Baskin-Robbins and a coupon for a free book from the Friends of the Los Altos Library book sale to children who read five books.
The district’s summer program is traditionally one of its most popular events, according to Baiza. Last year, participation increased 20 percent from the year before, and she said the countywide goal this year is to reach 100,000 books read.
“Last year we had over 2,500 people of all ages sign up at the Los Altos and Woodland libraries,” Baiza said, “and we hope to increase that goal this year.”
Sign ups for the program will remain open until July 31.
The schedule of remaining activities follows.
Main library children’s programs
• 3-3:45 p.m. today: Book bag craft
• 2-2:45 p.m. Saturday: “Circus of Smiles”
• 3-3:45 p.m. July 11: “A World of Stories” with John Weaver
• 11-11:45 a.m. July 14: “Didgeridoo Down Under”
• 3-3:45 p.m. July 18: Magic Show with Spencer Grey
• 2-3 p.m. July 24: Python Ron’s Reptile Kingdom
• 3-3:45 p.m. July 25: JAM with Charity Kahn
• 3-3:45 p.m. Aug. 1: Fratello Marionettes presents “Aladdin”
Main library teen programs
• 7-9 p.m. July 19: Teen DIY Spa Night
Main library adult programs
• 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 9: Paint party
• 7-8:30 p.m. July 26: “Walking Tours in Paris” presentation
Woodland Branch children’s program
• 2-3 p.m. Aug. 5: Book bag craft for children
To register and for more information, visit sccl.org/summer-reading.