On Friday, the Long Beach Public Library’s free Summer Reading Program kicks off at the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library, the city announced today.
From 1:00PM to 4:00PM this Friday, readers of every age group are encouraged to attend the superhero-themed kick-off celebration, complete with super heroes, cape and mask decorations, photo opportunities and storytelling associated with the Summer Reading Program.
"The Summer Reading Program integrates reading, technology and play to promote literacy and help children make reading a lifelong habit," said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement. "It’s a great way to prevent summer learning loss and to engage with the community."
A release issued today said the program can be completed online or at the 12 library locations from June 20 to August 8. Planned programs at the locations include Flights of Fantasy (themed around interactive folktales and fables), Cory the Percussive Storyteller, Wonders of Wildlife, Annie Banannie and Buster Balloon, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra Petting Zoo, Musical Theatre West and more.
"Our goal is to keep children, teens and adults engaged with libraries throughout the summer by offering incentives and opportunities related to reading," said Director of Library Services Glenda Williams in a statement. "Our Summer Reading Program improves access to library materials and literacy related activities such as story times, creative arts, performances and other special events that encourage youth to become lifelong library users and readers."
For more information on the program, click here.