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Library lassos in summer reading program

Theme of this year is 'Tales of the Old West'

This Saturday marks the start of the Pleasanton Public Library's children's summer reading program. The theme will harken back to California's goldmining history with "Tales of the Old West."

The library, located at 400 Old Bernal Ave., will unveil lavishly-constructed Old West decorated children's area at 10 a.m. Saturday. Library staff will be in costume.

"Last year, we had a pirate theme that was nothing less than spectacular," Library Director Julie Farnsworth said. "We anticipate another gold medal set that will take us into the Old West this summer and everyone is invited to join in the fun."

The program runs through Aug. 8 and children of all ages can pick up a Tales of the Old West booklet to track their summer reading progress as they wagon across the plains, boat down the river, ride the range and pan for gold to claim prizes along the way upon completing 10, 20 and 30 hours of reading. Last year, more than 4,000 children signed up to participate in the program.

A compatible program for toddlers and preschoolers is also included and the entire family can enjoy Wild West Wednesdays, including musicians, cowboys, puppets,and Game Day carnival games. The summer reading program culminates in an old fashioned hoe down Aug. 8 with square dancing and a live caller, music and sarsaparilla.

For more information and a complete listing of the library's programs and activities, visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/library.html or call the Children's Desk at 931-3400.

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