CALEXICO â€“ With schools out for the summer, student reading does not have to end along with it. That is why Calexicoâ€™s Recreations Department kicked-off their Summer Family Reading Program, Monday evening, at the Enrique Camarena Public Library.
The annual reading program offers various activities throughout the summer for the entire family, from ages 0-12, to teenagers and adults.
â€œThis is a great program for our children,â€ said Marie Cuellar, Calexico. â€œWe need to take advantage of these services offered that not only keep our kids busy, but they continue to strengthen their education, even during summer vacation.â€
Children had the opportunity to read books, create picture frames, color,Â create kites and play bean bag toss. Mondayâ€™s event was opened to children between 0-12 years of age.
â€œThis program is very important to our childrenâ€™s educationâ€ said Diana Calderon, Calexico. â€œNot only do they participate in reading, they too have fun and win prizes. Keeping them busy with indoor activities makes it that much better.â€
According to Lizeth Legaspi, reference librarian at Enrique Camarena Memorial Library, approximately 85 children attended the kick-off event and close to 200 registered for the summer reading program.
â€œThe summer reading program encourages children to read fifty books between, June 20â€“August 4,â€ explained Legaspi. Each child participating in the program is given a reading log sheet where they must record each book read. For every ten books read, children will receive either meal certificates from McDonalds, Jack in the Box, tickets to the San Diego Zoo, Legoland, San Diego Airspace Museum or the Natural Museum in San Diego. At the end of the program, we host an award ceremony where those children who met the 50-book goal receive a special recognition and educational supplies.â€
Legaspi also said the library will hold special presentations from various entities including the Calexico Police Department and Dippy Duck.
To finish theÂ evening, children chose a reading book to take home, plus they enjoyed mozzarella string cheese, Ritz crackers and a Capri Sun juice.
For dates and times of upcoming activities or to pre-register please visit http://www.calexicolibrary.org[envira-gallery id=”79485″]