Summer by the book

Posted on June 6, 2014 by Sonoma Valley Sun

“Fizz, Boom, Read,”’ Sonoma Valley Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program for preschoolers, grade-schoolers and teens, begins Tuesday, June 10. During the eight-week program, kids will receive incentive prizes to encourage them to keep reading during the summer break.

Children between the ages of six and 11 track their reading progress on log sheets and return to the library to receive weekly prizes. (Family and friends may read to children who aren’t reading, yet.) Teens earn points by reading books, attending programs and completing library-related activities. Participating teens will be entered into a raffle to win a Kindle.

Registration is free and ongoing through the duration of the program.

“It’s going to be a great summer here at the library,” said Children’s Librarian Clare O’Brien. “There’s a lot of fun to be had, so don’t miss out!”

The Summer Reading Program is made possible with financial support from the Sonoma County Library Foundation and the Sonoma Valley Friends of the Library. All programs are free and open to the public. Keep up on events by liking the library on FaceBook:

Storytimes for children through age three will be held every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and for children ages three to six at 11:30 a.m.

    Fun for ages 5-11

All programs are Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

June 11 – Masks & Mime/Mascaras y Pantomima.
A bilingual program with local actor, Eliot Fintushel. Improvisation games, stage clowning, and pantomime illusions co-created with the audience.

June 18 – Xtreme Science Magic
Get hooked on science with Don O’Brien in this fast-moving and interactive show full of experiments, demonstrations and oodles of audience participation!

June 25 – Mad Scientists Laboratory.
Bring your sense of wonder and discovery to this program of fun science-based crafts and experiments.

    Keeping teens busy

Programs for teens will be Wednesday afternoons:

June 11, 2 p.m. – Sharpie Tie-Dye T-Shirts.
Bring a white t-shirt and create a one-of-a kind fashion statement with a Sharpie! Art supplies provided.

June 18, 2 p.m. – Calligraphy Workshop. Learn the historic and elegant art of calligraphy. Limit of 20 participants.

June 25, 3 p.m. – Improv Workshop. A playful session in which the basics of making up characters and entertaining scenes will be practiced. Limit of 15 participants.

There will be more weekly events through August 1.

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