Summer reading program starts soon!

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Summer reading  program starts soon!By CHARISSA WAGNER, Ridgecrest Branch Library

Ridgecrest Branch Library is getting ready for our Summer Reading Challenge, which kicks off with the Magic of Christopher Lopez on Friday, June 1, at 3 p.m. (sponsored by the Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. and going to all branches). I’m excited to report that we will partner with the Sierra Sands Unified School District to be a Lunch at the Library location! A free lunch will be served to anyone younger than 18 on Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For $3.75, adult caregivers can buy a meal. We’ll have simple activities during lunch every day, both inside and outside, along with other activities in the afternoon on some days.

Adults can participate in the Summer Reading Challenge too! We almost doubled the number of adult finishers from the summer of 2016 (25 finishers) to the summer of 2017 (47 finishers), so we are hoping to reach triple digits in 2019. If you already read or listen to books on CD and can get through 10 in June and July, this is for you! The theme this year is “Reading Takes You Everywhere!” so we will be incorporating the theme of travel as we can. Just for finishing, you get a reusable tote bag and can pick out a free book. For every five additional books read or listened to, you’re entered for some great prizes.

Some activities of interest to adults will be Sing-Along with the Caliches, Escape Room, Planetarium, Vacation Photo Tips, Taste the World (trying different foods), Glass Rock Magnet Craft, Roaming Reptiles, TV Boosters, DIY Spa Items, Pub Trivia, and Tutu’s Shave Ice. Keep an eye out for the events calendar coming out toward the end of May. Pub Trivia is another event that is always a lot of fun, even if you don’t know all the answers! There is usually a good variety of questions and the next one is on Tuesday, June 19, at 6 p.m. at Casey’s Steaks and Barbecue. If you have any doubts or questions, contact Terri Middlemiss, as she has attended a few of the Pub Trivias and always has a great time!

Here are a few new additions to the branch. The tables were purchased with FRBL funding and will make it easier for setting up for events such as The Magic of Christopher Lopez, the Folk Band Caliches of County Kern, the Beth Armogida Planetarium and the Omnipresent Puppet Theater. Our new matching magazine covers along with our new magazine racks were purchased with funds donated in memory of the wonderful Bill Eichenberg.

Look for a few new additions to the branch, hopefully in time for Summer Reading Challenge.

Story First Published: 2018-05-25