Boys and girls up to age 12 can participate by picking up a reading log at any Stanislaus County library branch. This year’s theme is “Dream Big: Read!” Participants who either read or are read to for at least 20 minutes per day can earn rewards for every seven days of reading they complete.
Teenagers, ages 12 to 18, can participate in an “Own the Night” program by picking up a bingo card to track their reading and earn rewards. Those who complete a card will be entered into a drawing for a Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader, with one winner from each county library branch.
Adults can participate, too, by submitting short book reviews that will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize valued at $100. A form is available at the library or online.
The summer reading program also features special performances for children and teenagers. Patterson Branch Library, 46 N. Salado Ave., has two programs on tap. along with Teen Game Nights on June 20, July 18 and Aug 15, all at 5:30 p.m.
Children and family programs include Magic Dan will appear at 1 p.m. June 30, a Saturday, promising positive messages that enhance self-esteem and reinforce the importance of education through his magic.
Musician Gary Lapow will give a concert at 1 p.m. July 28, also a Saturday, as he seeks to teach children to respect themselves and their communities and reach out to others.
The summer reading program is offered countywide until Aug. 4, funded by the Stanislaus Library Foundation.
For information: Patterson Branch Library, 892-6473.