Read to the Rhythm with the Fresno County Library!

Jun 20, 2015 | 2015 Articles, Community, Every Other Book, Kathy Eide Casas

by Kathy Eide Casas

Are you looking for something fun and challenging to do during this sizzling summer? Check out all the cool activities going on at the Fresno County Library. With one simple click on, summertime fun will be at your fingertips!

The Summer Reading Challenge has just begun. Running now through August 2, this seven-week event offers kids, teens, and adults a variety of performances and prizes, all as incentives for reading! What a fun way to enjoy and encourage one of the best past times ever….reading! library

The goal of the Summer Reading Challenge is to not only provide ‘summertime funtime’ for readers, but also to help stop what’s known as “Summer Reading Loss” for kids. Keeping kids reading during summer helps them to stay on track for school. The Summer Reading Challenge also provides an educationally stimulating activity for adults as well.


Isabella taking the Summer Reading Challenge

Isabella Rios, a local soon-to-be second grader, is proud to be a library card holder and is especially excited about this summer’s activities at the library. Isabella’s mom, Laura, expressed enthusiasm for the library’s programs, “We have the best of everything with the library. Isabella loves to read during the school year and this is the perfect way to make sure she continues that love of reading throughout the summer. She is especially excited about keeping her reading log and earning prizes! I appreciate the incentives being offered by the library.”

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, a longtime advocate of literacy for kids, with her Sheriff’s Reading Posse, also expressed her support of the library’s summer program, “Our Fresno County Library offers the best opportunities for kids and adults alike. The Summer Reading Challenge is especially important for our kids in the rural parts of Fresno County. This gives all kids the opportunity to have fun and earn prizes, while reading.”


A great selection of books for all ages for summertime reading

Check the schedule below, or go to, or call (559) 600-6251 for more information and to find other offerings including Lunch at the Library, Workshops and Storytimes for all ages. There are also a lot of fun shows for the kids, and crafts and programs for teens, and some things for adults as well.

Kids (0-12), Teens (13-17) and Adults (18 & Up) ?

Summer Reading Challenge Prizes
Prizes include a variety of toys and food coupons. Children and teens can return with their logs to receive prizes a total of FOUR times during the course of summer reading program Please note: Children and teens may come in for their four prizes at any point during the summer, but may only receive one prize per visit.

12 Kindle Fire Grand Prize Winners – Drawing will be held on August 12

Children Performers:
Drumming with Abullatif, E & M’s Reptile Family, Didgeridoo Down Under, Xtreme Science with Don O’Brien, Magic of Gerald Joseph, Lucero’s Family Music, Wild Child Adventures (Magic Bubbles)

Other Special Programs
Dog Days of Summer Storytime with Clifford the Big Read Dog (this is a partnership with Valley PBS at eight ?locations).

Lunch at the Library : (Central, Fowler, Orange Cove, Sanger and Sunnyside) This special grant program provides free lunch to kids ages 1 -18 at the Central Library, Monday thru Friday from June 17-August 9, regardless of income. No registration or paperwork required. This program helps fill the gap that’s often left in the number of meals kids receive once the school semester ends.? Enrichment activities and book giveaways are also offered at the lunch programs!

Teens Program Boxes:

Clothespin Frame Art, Light Switch Art, Decorate Earbuds, Sheet Music Origami, Rhythm Sticks

Teen Workshops:

Intro to Balloon Art with Lance B.
Intro to Magic with Tim Mannix

Have a cool time with all the branches of the Fresno County Library!

Kathy Eide Casas Kathy Eide Casas is a valley native and has been involved in politics, public policy and public relations her entire career. From the U. S. and state capitols to local projects, she has been a guiding force. Most recently, Eide-Casas completed the writing for two U Turns Allowed magazines, benefiting Focus Forward. Additionally, her work has run in several other local publications, including Valley Health Magazine.


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