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Library gears up for programs
Day of Play, summer reading program on tap with other fun
Carol Blomquist, Ceres branch librarian, invites all residents to get involved in the library. The programs offered there would make Florence Gondring, the library namesake, proud.

The Ceres Library will be very busy during the month of June. Besides the Summer Reading Program, which has officially began and will run through August 3, the library has a bunch of programs planned.

A Day of Play, aimed for children ages 4-12, is set to start at 3 p.m. on Thursday June 6. The event offers crafts and games that encourage children to not only be physically active, but also to engage their minds through reading. Children will have the opportunity to participate in various activities as well as make a beaded sports key chain.

The Hughson Library holds its Day of Play at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 11. The Keyes Library holds a similar activity at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 8.

The Ceres Library will also have its first-ever Lego Day at 3 p.m. on Thursday June 13 which is also designed for children ages 4-12. Children under 4 years of age must be supervised by an adult.

A tie-dye craft for the adults (ages 18 and older) is offered at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 20 and at noon on Saturday, June 22. Children are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult (one adult per minor.) Participants must bring their own item (typically a white T shirt) to dye.

On Thursday, June 27 at 3 p.m. children are invited to a Popsicle Flag Craft. Children will be able to create and decorate their own flag in time for the Fourth of July.

Summer Reading Program
The Ceres Library and all other county branches invite all ages to join the Summer Reading Program, "Activate Your Mind ? READ!" Children, ages newborn through eight years, may participate by picking up a personalized reading log at any Stanislaus County Library location, read (or be read to) at least 20 minutes per day and earn fun rewards for every seven days of reading they complete.

Tweens ages nine through 12 can pick up a game card at any Stanislaus County Library and select from a variety of activities, including a scavenger hunt, to win prizes.
Teens age 13 through 18 can participate by tracking their reading on a bingo card. After completing the card, teens will be entered into a drawing for a Barnes & Noble NOOK. Each branch of the Stanislaus County Library will have one winner.

Adults may also participate in Summer Reading by submitting a short review form for each book read or audio book heard. All review forms will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize valued at $100 from the Stanislaus Library Foundation. The library especially encourages parents to participate as a model of good reading habits for their children.

The Summer Reading Program also features special performances throughout the summer for children, tweens, and teens. Programs at the Ceres Library are:

• Magician Timothy James -- Wednesday, July 3, 11 a.m. James is sure to delight the audience with his magical performances. This program engages imaginations and encourages exploration of new concepts and sleight of hand.

• Dave the Horn Guy -- Saturday, July 13, 3 p.m. Dressed in an orange jumpsuit with 25 horns strapped to his body, Dave delivers an interactive, multimedia, musical experience like no other.

• Python Ron -- Wednesday, July 17, 11 a.m. During this program, live reptiles will be showcased and children will have the opportunity to learn about different reptile species.

The Stanislaus County Library Summer Reading Program is offered county-wide, with funding provided by the Stanislaus Library Foundation.

For more information, please call the Ceres Library at 537-8938 or visit the library's information desk.