Library challenges kids to read 20 books this summer

DOWNEY - Summer reading programs for kids ages 12 and younger are now underway at the Downey City Library, with children encouraged to check out books and read them at home to earn prizes.This year's theme, Dig into Reading, is about the wonders beneath our feet - buried treasure, dinosaur bones, creepy crawlies and animals that live underground. "We are challenging the children of Downey to read 20 books or 1,000 pages this summer," said Gina Orello, children's librarian at the Downey City Library. "Studies have shown that when children visit the library and read during the summer, they keep their minds active and are ready to learn and succeed when school begins in the fall." The program includes special programs every Thursday through Aug. 3. Programs are free and begin at 2 p.m., with show passes distributed 30 minutes before show time to the first 110 children at each performance. Performances include "Ringmaster Rusty B Joins the Circus" comedy event with Christopher Yates on July 18; "Dinosaur Rock's Fossil Adventure" on July 25 (with two programs at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.); and "Good Eats" animal program with the Wildlife Company on Aug. 1. The children's summer reading program is sponsored by the Friends of the Downey City Library and community donations. For more details, call the Children's Information Desk at (562) 904-7360.

********** Published: July 11, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 13