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Pleasanton Library celebrates history, reading through summer program

Festivities start Friday afternoon, continue throughout summer

The library is celebrating Pleasanton's 125th anniversary by announcing the theme for this year’s children's summer reading program, “Reading Through the Years.”

The theme is focused on spotlighting the history of the library while bringing out some new surprises along the way.

The festivities kick off this Friday afternoon at the library’s front lawn with a concert performed by Musical Robot, a high-energy ukulele and drum duo. The duo will perform their “Wake up Robot” concert, which includes songs, puppetry, and dancing.

The Pleasanton Public Library's summer reading game allows children, teens and adults to take part in events that encourage reading over the summer. The library organizes interactive activities, musical performances and prizes for those who build onto their reading skills.

All activities will be monitored through an app, Beanstack. Users will be able to log in reading times, find book recommendations, post book reviews, earn digital badges and qualify for prizes during the program.

The children’s department is decorated throughout the summer to show a 20-year retrospective of summer reading games. The calendar is set for all sorts of fun games and activities such as popular kid’s movies on Tuesdays, science and puppet shows on Wednesdays, and crafting on Thursdays.

Teens and adults can enjoy weekly Sunday reading events where they can earn gift cards to shop downtown, enjoy musical performances, photography displays and Museum on Main presentations. In addition to all Sunday events, the library will screen two classic movies that take place in the 1910s and 1940s in Pleasanton. The summer will finish up with a musical performance from the CoolTones.

Families are also welcome to sign up for the summer reading StoryWalk through Pleasanton’s historic downtown. The StoryWalk route helps shape early literacy, community engagement, and the promotion of physical activities for both parents and children. The StoryWalk project is used in 50 states and 12 countries, cited for helping support children's reading development.

The groups participating in the StoryWalk route will be led by a teen improv troupe, Creatures of Impulse, who will start the walk from the library to the Firehouse Arts Center.

The route will feature stories written by Meg Fleming like “Sometimes Rain” and “Ready Set Sail.” Fleming’s stories will be shown in the window of featured shops while the families are traveling on the route. The route ends at the Firehouse Arts Center at the little free library, where participants will receive a small prize for completing the StoryWalk route.

Participants are encouraged to engage with the little free library, where its policy is to “take a book, leave a book”

“These experiences introduce children of all ages to the world of downtown community life, foster a love of reading and really help them discover the world around them,” Lia Bushong, Pleasanton's assistant director of library and recreation, said in a statement.

The StoryWalk festivities will continue throughout the summer until Aug 4, along with other activities that will be held at the library. All the information for each event can be found at Pleasanton Library’s website.

The Pleasanton Library also just announced its new texting system for all library cardholders this summer.

The texting service, Shoutbomb, will notify cardholders of account activities such as holds, overdue books, fees, and announcements from the library. Shoutbomb helps libraries by giving them more options to stay up to date with cardholders accounts while notifying them on library events.

Cardholders who are interested in participating in the text notifications can register by texting SIGNUP+(librarycardnumber)+(PIN number) to 833-403-0519. Members can choose to opt out from the notifications at any time.

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