CALEXICO – Despite the increasing saturation of mobile and complementary multi-screen device consumption trends, the Enrique Camarena Public Library is promoting Family Reading Time by providing families a place to gather and listen to stories while interacting with others.
On Wednesday evening, over 60 children of all ages gathered at the library for story time, crafts and a snack.
“I have been bringing my kids here for the last four years,” said Yanni Galindo, a Calexico resident. “My kids get the chance to read, enjoy the activities, which they love and have fun. I used to live in Yuma and when I moved here and found out about the program, I didn’t think twice and enrolled my kids in the Summer Reading Program. It’s something all parents should enroll their children in.”
The summer reading program encourages children to reach a goal of reading 50 books between June 20 and August 12. 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 or Jack-in-the-Box restaurants, tickets to the San Diego Zoo, Legoland, San Diego Airspace Museum or the Natural History Museum in San Diego. At the end of the program, children who have met the 50 book goal will receive special recognition and educational supplies during an award ceremony.
“Our summer reading program is very popular this year,” said Sandra Tauler, community services director for Calexico. “We have over 400 children registered already.”
According to Tauler, family nights are promoted in an effort to provide families with fun activities while encouraging reading during the summer months when children are on vacation.
“Parents are very interested in having their kids continue to read during the summer, because it’s important so they don’t lose any of their reading skills during the summer,” said Tauler.
In May, Calexico’s Summer Recreations Program received a $5,000 donation from the Imperial County Board of Supervisors to assist with this year’s summer activities.
“We are very grateful for the money we received from the county,” said Tauler. “This money helped us a lot. We were able to buy our reading logs, crafts materials and have been able to stock up our program well.”
“I find it amazing how my son comes into the library, picks out a book and sits down to read,” said Carla Mendoza, a Calexico resident. “At home, I ask him to read and all he does is play, but here he does it on his own. Not only that, he enjoys the activities, so I try to bring him at least three times a week so he doesn’t fall behind on his reading.”
To finish the evening, children chose a reading book to take home, plus they enjoyed mozzarella string cheese, crackers and a juice.
The library offers daily activities for children of all ages and adults. Special presentations from various agencies, including Imperial Irrigation District’s Dippy Duck, will also be held during the next few weeks. For a full schedule of events, visit http://www.calexicolibrary.org