Summer reading events announced

By MARSHA LLOYD, Ridgecrest Branch Librarian

Ridgecrest Branch Library launched the “Reading Is So Delicious!” Summer Reading Program on Saturday, June 1. During the next two months, the library will host a range of free activities for children, teens and adults that encourage and support a love of reading.

Participants also can earn prizes for reaching their reading goals.

We’ve got a great program planned for having a deliciously good time at the library this summer. We have a lineup of storytellers, live animal shows, puppetry, food demonstrations and more.

Our program on Saturday, June 8, at 10:30 a.m., will feature the Maturango Museum docents and what local animals find delicious to eat. Children and families can pick up a calendar of events, pick up reading records, make markers for our bulletin board and browse for their summer reading books. The reading goal is 10 books read at the child’s reading level. Each child meeting this reading goal will earn a free paperback book to keep, a book bag, pencil, stickers and coupons.

There’s also a serious side to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss.

Studies also indicate that students who read recreationally outperform those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests. Our libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all our families.

Registration continues through July 27. To learn more about the summer adventure at the library, please call 760-384-5870 or visit the library at 131 E. Las Flores Ave., Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Check out the Kern County Library website at www.kerncounty for events at all branches.

Story First Published: 2013-06-05