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Long Beach Public Library kicking off summer reading program

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The Long Beach Public Library will kick off its free summer reading program (SRP) on Saturday, June 16, at 11am, at the Michelle Obama Library, 5870 Atlantic Ave. This year’s theme, “Reading Takes You Everywhere,” conveys the idea that great stories have the special ability to “transport” even the most reluctant readers to places they could never imagine, according to city officials.

“We know that the benefits of summer reading are clear. Students who participate in library summer reading programs score higher on reading achievement tests when returning to school in the fall,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Our library’s programs bridge the summer gap while inspiring literacy and a lifelong love of reading and learning– and they are tons of fun for the whole family.”

At the SRP kick-off event, attendees can:

• Register for the SRP starting at 10am
• Experience “Music with Nathalia,” a bilingual music program, at 11am. Nathalia’s South American heritage and passion for bilingual education has served as a major influence in the music she creates. From rock to cumbia, jazz to reggaetón, her songs are produced in a number of different musical styles and written with the whole family in mind.
• Participate in crafts and activities for kids of all ages at noon.
• Go on a musical adventure at 1pm with “One Worth Rhythm,” in which participants can experience playing various musical instruments while being guided through a series of musical activities.

Community members of all ages can participate in the SRP, which will run from June 16 to Aug. 11. Residents can pick up a reading passport at any of the 12 Long Beach public libraries, read a bit every day, record “reading travels” and report to the library each week to get a passport stamped and receive a small prize. With each week of reporting, readers will earn a ticket for a chance to win the Summer Reading grand prizes, including Catalina Flyer tickets, a Nintendo Switch and four tickets for admission to a California theme park. The more participants read, the better their chances of winning.

“Every year the library offers an impressive array of free workshops and activities for Long Beach families and this year is no different,” said Glenda Williams, director of Library Services. “Readers can experience the world and beyond through library books, movies and music, many of which are available online and can be accessed from home.”

Special performances, including magic shows, animal encounters, puppet shows and musical events, will be offered at every Long Beach Public Library branch during the summer. The public can visit for a complete listing of summer events.

Residents are also encouraged to visit their local library and speak with a librarian, pick up a bookmark with library-recommended reads or check out the library’s website for reading lists for a variety of ages and interests.

Source: City of LB

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Long Beach Public Library kicking off summer reading program