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Summer Reading Begins Today!
Reading Takes You Everywhere

June 1st through August 17th

 This year’s theme, READING TAKES YOU EVERYWHERE, celebrates how reading enables us to explore, discover, and experience people, places, and things that we otherwise could not. From outer space, science and technology, to nature and far away cultures, we invite the entire county to spend the summer discovering a wide range of fun and educational experiences.
FREE Programs @your library
READING TAKES YOU EVERYWHERE features an extensive line-up of special events for people of all ages at branch library locations throughout the county. As we celebrate our library system’s 150th Anniversary this year, our programming lineup celebrates the new directions libraries can take us. Programs this year include a series Local History Workshops throughout the county, workshops by Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center, astronomy workshops, Virtual Reality workshops, writing workshops, author talks, magicians, crafts, a sand castle workshop, puppet theater, visits with Oliver the Parrot, and more!
Festival of the Book: 
As we celebrate our Sesquicentennial Anniversary this year we are proud to announce the 20th Annual Festival of the Book, celebrating reading for all in Santa Cruz. This popular celebration features a musical performance by Kuzanga Marimba and the magic of Perry Chan. We’ll also enjoy Tales to Tails, face painting, crafts, and a Kids Only Book Sale. All children who participate in the Summer Reading Program receive a free book at the festival. Join us at Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen St • Sun, July 30th • 1-4pm.
WHY do we do this?
Summer reading programs help prevent learning loss. Reading for pleasure is essential for learners of all ages to become better readers, writers and critical thinkers. Reading just five books a summer can prevent ‘summer slide’ (
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