Reading Takes You Everywhere

Summer Reading Program Launches June 4

PHOTO; South Pasadena Public Library | | The Summer Reading Program sure to delight children.

The South Pasadena Public Library 2018 Summer Reading Program, Reading Takes
You Everywhere, officially launches Monday, June 4. Kids of all ages can read for fun and prizes as part of the South Pasadena Public Library Summer Reading Program. Participants are encouraged to sign up in person in the Library’s Children’s Room or online at Those who sign up online should visit the Children’s Room to pick up their Summer Reading Program materials. Complete details about the 2018 Summer Reading Program can be found on the Library’s website:

PHOTO: South Pasadena Public Library | | Librarians visited schools to promote this years exciting Summer Reading Program ‘Reading Takes You Everywhere.”

The Summer Reading Program is an eight-week, parent-supervised reading program for
infants and children through 5th grade. 6th – 12th graders participate in the Teen Reading Program. These programs are designed to make reading fun, and to encourage reading and listening to reading throughout the summer. Children and teens can read as many or as few minutes as they want in the program, and they may earn prize incentives for reaching goals each week.

PHOTO: South Pasadena Public Library | | Librarians visited schools to promote this years exciting Summer Reading Program ‘Reading Takes You Everywhere.”

The summer reading program also includes a variety of engaging and entertaining events for children and their families, including storytimes, Wonderful Wednesday events, opportunities to read to a dog with Barks and Books, Tween Drama Camp, and so much more. All events are free, but some require registration. Visit the Summer Reading Program website for more information, or to register for events.

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Summer Reading Program Events and Programs

Storytimes: From June 18th to August 3rd, the Library will be host a series of storytimes for varying ages on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Librarians will read age-appropriate stories, share songs, fingerplays, flannelboard stories, and book related films in a group setting.

Barks and Books: Samantha, a dog from the Pasadena Humane Society Companion Animal Program visits the Children’s Room on June 11th and July 9th at 3:30 p.m. for an hour of animal tales! Children registered for the event can read an animal-related short story to a furry friend. Reading aloud to the dog is a fun experience that helps children build confidence in their reading skills, builds empathy for animals, and promotes kindness to creatures. With Barks and Books, children learn that
reading is fun and not so “ruff”! Registration

Festival of Balloons Fourth of July Parade: Show your super-reader pride in this
year’s Fourth of July Parade. Children and their families are invited to march as participants of the Summer Reading Program. Families interested in marching with the Summer Reading Program group in the parade on July 4th should meet at 10:30 a.m. on the Diamond Avenue side of the Library. Children are encouraged to walk with the Library to help motivate others to read. They should bring water bottles, sunscreen, wagons, and strollers. Other wheeled vehicles are not permitted.

Tween Drama Camp: The fun kind of drama! Resident thespians Chris Mannal, Tom
Detrinis, and Taylor Coffman will lead a series of hands-on theater workshops on Fridays, July 6th, 13th, and 21st at 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tweens, ages 9-14, can participate by registering online at before the workshops begin. Tween Drama Camp is
sponsored by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and by the South Pasadena Chinese-American Club.

Family Game Days: Leave the online gaming at home and come join our Family Game
Days in the Children’s Room of the library. Challenge others to a children’s card game or enjoy some old school classics like Scrabble and Keva Planks. Drop in Saturdays, July 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th between 11am-1:00 pm; registration not required.

Wonderful Wednesdays: Wonderful Wednesday Presentations start at 3:00 pm and take place every Wednesday starting June 20th through August 1st. Most events will take place in the Library Community Room. Each Wonderful Wednesday features a special entertainer or activity led by a special guest. Presentations include Colombian musician Nathalia, Magician Wayne Kawamoto, Art in the Park with SPACE (South Pasadena Art Center), Storyteller Rebecca Martin, STEMup4Youth, and Juggler David Cousin. These programs, funded by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and the San Marino/South Pasadena Chapter of the National Charity League, are offered free to the public.