TC Library Launches Summer Reading Program


Sonora, Calif. — One of the largest programs the Tuolumne County Library has in place kicks off Tuesday.

The theme for this year’s summer reading program for young people is “Reading Beyond the Box”. It’s a major draw for families with school-aged children across the county.

Noting the importance of the program, the Tuolumne County Library reports, “Numerous studies have shown that reading during the summer prevents ‘summer reading loss’. Summer reading loss is cumulative. Kids don’t “catch up” to fall because other kids are progressing with their skills. By the end of Grade 6, children who lose their reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates.

A summer reading program launch celebration will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon (June 21) at the Sonora Main Library. It will feature outdoor games, crafts and story time for guests.

Children and teens can also enroll in the program at other local branches, starting Tuesday.

Those who participate and complete the goals will earn free books and also be eligible for other prizes.

Other special events planned for the next few weeks include a Dinosaur Tea Party, STEM at the Pond, Bird Watch, Stargazing Pirates, Campfire at the Library, Milkshake Café and Stuffed Animal Sleepover.

The program concludes on July 30 with a pool party at Sonora High for those who have completed all of their readings and a special private mini-golf party on July 29 for teens in the program.

More information is listed below:

The Sonora Main Library will offer weekly programs on Thursdays, June 23 through July 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Groveland branch will offer special programs on Wednesdays, starting June 22, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Tuolumne branch begins its programs on Tuesday, June 21 with activities every Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Twain Harte branch will offer special activities for children on Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., starting June 22.

Paws to Read also returns to the library. Children will also have the opportunity to read to dogs by encouraging even the most reluctant reader to read aloud to a specially trained dog. The Sonora Main Library will offer this program beginning June 28 on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Registrations are encouraged for this program.

You can get more information about the programs by calling your local library branch.

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