Fall sees new library programs

Off the Shelf

By CHARISSA WAGNER

Ridgecrest Branch Library Supervisor

Many thanks to those who participated in our Summer Reading Challenge as a reader, listener, volunteer, or sponsor. Our branch had 78 early learners (babies through 4 years old), 125 children, 43 tweens, 33 teens, and 150 adults finish! We are incredibly grateful for the generous donations from Casa Corona, City of Ridgecrest Parks and Recreation Department, Classic Burgers, Ephen Tacos, Friends of the Kern County Library, Friends of the Ridgecrest Branch Library, Indian Wells Brewing Company, Infinite Movement Academy, Jack in the Box, Maturango Museum, McDonalds of Ridgecrest, Pita Fresh, Pizza Factory, Ridgecrest Cinemas. We also appreciate IMA (soft obstacle course), Ridgecrest Police Department’s K-9 and Traffic units, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (Smoothie Challenge), and Waste Management for their time.

The library still has much to offer for all ages! From Baby Bounce to LEGO Build It to Pokemon Trading Card Game to Fandom Fun to Great Decisions (foreign policy discussion), and the Piece by Piece community puzzle, there is something for everyone so check out our Facebook page (search for Ridgecrest Branch Library), the library website (make sure to narrow it down to the Ridgecrest Branch only), or come in and get a printed events brochure.

Two big events right now are Read Your Way to the Desert Empire Fair and the One Book Project. Children and teens can read to earn free entry for the October fair. Children can read or listen to 5 picture books, tweens and teens can read or listen to 2 chapter books, or there is an option to read for 20 minutes a day on any 20 days between September 1 and October 19. Paper logs are available at the library (11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday to Thursday and 9 am to 5 pm, Friday and Saturday) or the fairgrounds office (10 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday). If you used Beanstack for our Summer Reading Challenge, you can sign in and complete the Read Your Way to the DEF challenge online.

This fall’s One Book Project is focused on "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind", with the adult, young reader, and picture book versions available. It is about a boy in Malawi who used his local library to learn how to build a windmill for his village. Our branch will offer related activities such as crafts (September and October), book discussions (October; for all ages), and a film screening (in October). The author/boy (now an adult) who harnessed the wind, William Kamkwamba, will be in Bakersfield at the end of October.

The library is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Story First Published: 2019-09-20