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Summer reading
Need a place for the kids to stay busy for at least part of their summer? The Ceres Library, 2250 Magnolia Street, offers a summer reading program as well as special crafts workshops until school resumes.

Michelle Coxford, the new children's librarian at the Ceres Library, said the library is seeing steady use now that school is out.

"We've had positive response to the program," said Coxford. "A lot of kids and teens are participating."

The non-competitive summer reading program has children and teens picking out their own choice of book to read or be read to for at least 20 minutes a day. Parents sign off to make sure the reading has taken place. Once returned, a reading sheet can be redeemed for prizes and gift certificates. The final day to collect prizes is Aug. 15.

The program is made possible by the Stanislaus County Library Foundation, said Coxford. Funding joined with support from the Friends of the Ceres Library and the eighth-cent sales tax revenues pays for the crafts and entertainment program offered throughout the summer.

Scheduled at the Ceres branch are:

• A bottecap magnet craft today at 3 p.m.;

• A ventroloquist show at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30;

• Storytime at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2;

• Magician Shawn Durham at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3;

• Scrapbooks at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

The library also has an adult reading program which places readers' names into a countywide drawing for a gift basket.

Coxford has been on the job only three weeks and replaced Annmarie Montgomery. Her job is based in Ceres but she also oversees the children's programs at branches in Keyes, Hughson and Empire. While in Ceres she helps out at the front desk, fielding questions from patrons and assisting kids and parents with suitable reading choices.

The Ceres Library is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, 10 to 6 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, closed Fridays and Sundays, and open noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Library cards are free and materials loaned at no charge.

More information on the reading or craft programs may be answered by calling 537-8938 or 558-7808.