Summer is a great time to catch up on reading and our local library offers a variety of events and programs aimed at encouraging literacy for children of all ages.
Starting June 7, the library will host special programs every Thursday at 11am including magic, puppets, clowns and crafts. That’s followed by “the Garden of Reading” program where children learn about plants and help create a Pizza Garden.
On Tuesdays at 3pm, the library offers “Read to a Dog,” where children can practice reading to a well-behaved service dog.
“The idea is they are not being judged,” says Kate Keaton, the children’s librarian at the Petaluma Regional Library. “Instead the dogs are looking at them adoringly, unless they fall asleep that is.”
Then, there are the more traditional summer reading programs where kids can keep track of all the books they read and get prizes such as a free book and book bag.
Funding for all summer programs is paid for the library’s summer reading fund and Friends of the Petaluma Library.
“Kids who read through the summer are more ready when school starts up again,” says Keaton. “It helps keep them moving forward.”
For more information about all the children’s summer programs, visit www.sonomalibrary.org