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Summer Reading Program
The kids have been home on summer vacation from school in Ceres for less than a week. So have you heard them say, "We're bored" yet?

If so, have them check out the summer reading program for children and teens offered at the Ceres Library. The program is also offered at the Keyes library.

Both programs, which started May 26, allow those under 18 to read books to earn prizes and put their name in a drawing for grand prizes.

"They can read whatever books they have at home or come check out books from us," said Ceres children's librarian Michelle Coxsford. "We're trying to get the kids involved and get the kids reading."

The program is not competitive but kids 12 and younger read for at least 20 minutes a day to earn their selection of weekly prizes including small toys and pens. They are also put into a drawing for either a boys bike or a girls bike which has been purchased by Friends of the Ceres Library. Young children who cannot read can be read to to qualify.

The program ends on Aug. 4 with the drawing sometime after that.

The Teen Summer Reading Program allows those aged 12 to 18 read an hour a day to earn prizes - such as bowling and Boomers passes, candy and McDonald's certificates - with a grand prize of a Barnes & Noble Nook offered. Participants take home from the library a fill-in-the blank bingo-type which shows them what genre of book to read. The last day to pick up a reading log is July 28.

Last year the branch saw about 15 teens participate.

The Ceres Library also offers an every-other-month teen craft session.

Coxsford said there is also a countywide reading program for adults who must complete a book. The reader then gives their thoughts on the book in order to be entered into a countywide drawing for a gift basket worth $100 in products.

Also offered at the Ceres Library are:

• Preschool Storytime on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. through June where kids of all ages are welcome (but designed for 3-6 year-olds).

• Teen Summer Reading performers Andrea Terry and Mark Bunnell who will perform improvisational humor, juggling and music in a Carnival of Chaos at 1 p.m. today. The program is targeted for those aged 12-18 and brings vaudeville and cabaret back to life by blending music, theater, and the circus arts.

• Candy Bug Craft, offered at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, allows children 12 and younger to create a bug out various candies and snacks.

• Teen Button Making Craft, offered at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, allows teens 12 to 18 to create unique buttons.

• A Kids' Summer Reading Performer in "Magic Dan" will be at the Ceres Library at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 28. The captivating performance will be filled with positive messages that enhance and reinforce education, reading, and self-esteem. The program is designed for ages 12 and younger but all ages are welcome.

· A performance by Gary Lapow at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25. Lapow's concert programs teach children to respect themselves and their communities, reach out to others, and celebrate the joys of life.

Seven internet stations are also available and those with laptops may plop down and use Wifi at the library at 2250 Magnolia Street.

The Ceres branch is open Mondays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays noon to 5 p.m.

For more information call the Ceres Library at 537-8938 or visit