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Summer Reading Programs
updated: Jun 10, 2014, 2:22 PM

Source: City of Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara Public Library System's annual Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage young people to read during summer vacation. This year's theme is "FIZZ BOOM READ" for children and "Spark a Reaction" for teens. Both programs begin Tuesday, June 10, at all the branches of the Library System, and continue through July 31. To participate, children and teens sign up at their local library.

For the children's program, children are invited to any of the Library Branches to earn prizes when they talk about their favorite books. Through the support of the Friends of the Library, all libraries present free weekly family performances featuring guest musicians, magicians, storytellers, balloon artists, puppeteers and more. The more a child reads, the more prizes they earn. Children of all ages can get their own library card with parental signature.

The Teen Program welcomes middle and high school students to "read, visit the library, complete fun activities, earn prizes, repeat." Teens earn grab bag prizes and chances in a drawing, when they keep track of the books they read and complete activities. Such activities include "suggest a good book to a friend" or "be a maker: create something," that are meant to start conversations and encourage participation. There are also teen events and activities at most Branches through the summer.

Community Service hours may be earned by teens when they volunteer and assist staff with the children's summer reading program. Teen volunteer opportunities are available at all public libraries.

Teens from age 13 to age 17 do not need parental signature to get a library card. Many new young adult titles have been added to the book collections to keep teen readers supplied with new and classic books. Additionally, free ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and music can be downloaded from the library system's website, SBPLibrary.org, from any computer with an internet connection, or by using a smart phone, and a library card.

For further information about the kids' and teens summer reading programs, visit SBPLibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public. Incentives and special programming are funded by the Friends of the Library groups and local businesses.


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