The San Leandro Public Library is hosting “Every Hero Has a Story,” the library’s free summer reading program for young people.
Children and teenagers earn prizes and other incentives for reading, making it a great way to stay engaged in reading and learning over the summer.
“Experts agree that children who read during the summer improve not only their reading skills, but also their vocabulary. Reading books truly adds another dimension to a child’s life,” said San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter.
The 2015 Summer Reading Program runs from Saturday, June 6 to Friday, Aug. 7. Families with babies and toddlers can read aloud to their little ones to earn a free board book.
Children in preschool through sixth grade can earn fun prizes for reading and writing short reports, plus a free Mini Murph pizza from Papa Murphy’s and admission coupons to Bay Area museums.
Children who read and report on eight books will also earn an exclusive invitation to the library’s end-of-summer Carnival on Saturday, Aug. 8, featuring games, entertainment, and a petting zoo.
Teens going into grades 7-12 are encouraged to join the Unmask! teen summer reading program, where they can earn points for each book they read, which can then be used at the teens-only prize board.
The library also will host other free activities for children and teens that encourage them to read and explore, from a family science program with the American Chemical Society, to a Superhero Academy featuring a LEGO building project, and special “History’s Heroes” story times.
Teens can learn to breakdance, try their hand at drawing cartoons, and have fun with some DIY crafts.
Registration begins on Saturday, June 6 at the San Leandro Main Library and the three branch libraries. The library encourages young people of all abilities to join.
For more information, visit your local branch library, call the Main Library Children’s Desk at (510) 577-3960, or visit www.sanleandrolibrary.org.