In an effort to encourage literacy, community engagement and self-expression, the Pleasanton Public Library will soon kick off its annual summer reading program for residents -- with "Find Your Voice" set as this year's theme.
From this Saturday (June 3) through Aug. 6, participants will be able to log their reading and partake in various activities and events throughout the duration of the program.
The free summer reading program begins as many local students kick off their summer break; however, activities for readers of all ages are planned.
For younger participants, they are able to earn virtual badges and rewards by tracking their reading over the summer via the Beanstack website and app. Teens and adults are also encouraged to log their reading to win prizes such as gift cards, AirPods and free passes to the Chabot Space & Science Center.
Library staff said the theme, "Find Your Voice", emphasizes youth to express themselves and engage in creative outlets.
"The library is thrilled to start our annual summer reading program," librarian Katie DeLang said. "We hope the variety in programs, performances and activities inspire the community to discover how all our unique voices impact the world around us."
"We are looking forward to finding our individual and collective voices together this summer," DeLang added.
Through programs such as the summer reading program, residents of various ages, backgrounds and identities can join together.
To kick off the program this Saturday, the library is hosting a sign-up event for residents. On this day, visitors to the library will be able to watch a performance from California-based percussionist James Henry titled "House of Samba Kids".
The show focuses on self-expression and incorporates a wide range of percussion techniques.
Staff has noted that additional events will take place at the library and elsewhere. Events include a pop-up arts and craft activity, games and special performances around the city.
In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month running through June, the library will host a trivia game for adults and a storytime and craft activity for younger children discussing the history of Pride Month.
The library hopes to create programs that foster exploration, literacy and intellectual curiosity, staff said.
"This year's summer reading program provides endless opportunities for discovery, connection and life-long learning," said Cherie Buenaflor, library and recreation coordinator.
"Whether it's learning how to draw manga characters, making art at one of Pleasanton's parks, enjoying a bilingual music program, hearing an author share their craft, or answering fun trivia questions during LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we're happy to encourage readers to find their voice this summer," Buenaflor added.
Events and prizes of the program are sponsored by Friends of the Pleasanton Library.
For more information about the Pleasanton Library's summer reading program and planned events, visit www.cityofpleasantonca.gov.