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Summer Fun at Your Library
Every year when the school year starts to wind down, families are faced with the reality of what to do to keep their children occupied. To some, that question seems irrelevant, especially with the current technological advances that we have available to us. Yet, technology is not the answer to everything we do. According to a study by the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda (ICMPA), most children and teens spend 75% of their waking lives with their eyes fixed on a screen. They also found that students who unplugged their electronic devices for just one 24-hour period felt extremely lonely and didn’t know how to fill their time. The “connected” generation has seen an increase in lack of personal relationships, obesity and loss of self-esteem.
The Fresno County Public Library (FCPL) has an answer to the age old dilemma of “I’m bored and there’s nothing to do.” Our Summer at Your Library program includes free meals, activities and so much more! Everything is designed to ensure the Library is a fun destination all summer long.
In partnership with the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission and the California Library Association, FCPL offers Lunch at the Library for children up to 18 years old, at eight different sites this year. The locations are at the Betty Rodriguez Library, Central Library, Sunnyside Library, Sanger Library, Selma Library, Orange Cove Library, Mendota Library and West Fresno Library. Children up to 18 years old can go to any of these libraries during lunch time and receive a free meal. There are no forms to complete, no requirements to meet, no questions will be asked. The only stipulation is that the meals must be eaten on site and cannot be taken out of the room.
In addition to providing a healthy meal for the growing bodies, the Library will have numerous fun and engaging activities for all. Performers will be on site to provide entertainment and education such as the magic of Tim Mannix, E&M’s Reptile Family and the Great Scott Science Show. The Library will also have hands-on activities such as Fandom Crafts, Superhero Crafts, Introduction to Film-making by CMAC, Comic
Magician, Tim Mannix, performs at the Summer Program Kickoff in 2018.
Illustration and more. The Library will provide reading logs to help children track their reading progress all summer long. FCPL believes that reading is essential to a developing mind, and wants to put as many books in children’s hands as possible. The first challenge to reading is to have a book, and the Library has many books available for children to borrow. FCPL will also be giving away free books for children to keep. With all of this happening for free at your local library, the answer to, “I’m bored and there’s nothing to do,” is “Let’s go to the library!”
FCPL will kickoff the summer on Wednesday, June 12, starting at 10:30 am at the West Fresno Branch Library, 188 California Ave, Fresno. At the kickoff, there will be performers, free books, free lunches and Kopi Sotiropulos of KMPH will read to the children. Many organizations and vendors will share information and provide activities. This event is the best way to get your children excited about reading this summer. Parents and care providers are strongly encouraged to attend and learn more about ways to keep your young people engaged and having fun all summer long. Remember you are your child’s first teacher; make learning fun! For more information please visit us at www.fresnolibrary.org/summer or call (559) 600-7323 (READ).
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This one has been extended to end on April 15 because the library is closed April 1.

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