Signups for the Glendale Library’s annual Summer Reading Program, supported by the Friends, increased by more than a thousand this year, with 8,362 children participating. More than 2,000 prize books were claimed by some very enthusiastic readers from the stash purchased by librarians at the big Scholastic Books Warehouse sale.
Special programs at the branches, also supported by the Friends, were a big hit with all ages. This summer families were entertained with magic tricks, funny stories, bubbles galore, puppet shows, mini-Olympics, and more. Our funding made it possible to hire these performers to create special experiences for children at our libraries.
Professional performers and our creative librarians produced 50 special summer programs at Library, Arts & Culture locations for 3,074 young readers. Funds we raise through memberships and donated book sales go directly to these programs, which encourage early reading and teach kids that libraries are places for interactive (in addition to digital!) learning.
For those who stayed home, new at the Glendale library this summer was an online version of the reading program. This year was a test year for this program, and 306 children signed up in Glendale.