Summer Reading is in full swing at the Seaside Public Library and so far we have over 200 children, teens, and adults signed up to read this summer.

Librarians know summer reading is super important, especially for children and teens, during the summer months because children and teens are still building vocabulary. Brain development is important all the way up through the ages of age and beyond and reading and retention is important for that development.

To help children and teens in our county be the most successful in life, we want them to retain what they have learned during the school year as well as expand their brains even more. Our library countywide summer reading programs help kids do just that.

Our summer reading theme at the library is “A Universe of Stories.” This summer you can learn about everything from rockets, to astronauts, and even the moon. This year is the 50th anniversary of the first astronauts landing on the moon.

On Wednesday, July 10, at 10 a.m., the library will have a preschool storytime showing astronauts reading stories out in space. Most of the Library’s summer reading programs are on the theme of space and outer space, although we may throw in a few fun things from this earth too. Just this past week we had Creature Teachers come and share about different exotic animals from our planet.

Coming up we have a preschool storytime puppet show on Wednesday, July 24, at 10 a.m.

We also have Alex Zerbe the Zaniac, a comedy, juggling, and magic show for all ages on Tuesday, July 16, at 1 p.m. If that’s not enough for you, when kids and teens sign up for summer reading they get a free book just for signing up and a reading log to track how many days they read this summer.

Turning in a completed reading log means more great prizes and a chance to be in the countywide grand prize drawings for prizes that include Lego sets, book baskets, and for teens, a chance to win $100 sponsored by TLC, a Division of Fibre Federal Credit Union. Adults can get in on the fun too and most if not all adults who participate in the summer reading program will get a prize at the end of the summer. Adults will also get to learn about dinosaurs from a paleontologist on Saturday, July 6, at 1pm.

Other exciting events coming up in July and August at the library include a star party for all ages on Friday, Aug. 2. We’ll be stargazing outside the library with a telescope and enjoying many other great activities for star gazing fun.

Teens will be eating space food on July 23 at 3 p.m. as well as watching Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield try to make things in space. There will be weird science at preschool storytime on Wednesday, July 31 at 10 a.m. Summer Reading ends Wednesday, Aug. 28 and we’ll be throwing a party from 1-3pm to celebrate all the many hours of successful reading.

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