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Libraries kick off reading programs

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad libraries are bringing families together this summer to help foster a passion for reading while offering a flurry of other events for people at every age. Above all, these specialized programs teach children early on what a distinctive role libraries play in their community.
“In addition to summertime fun, Carlsbad’s libraries offer an opportunity for children and teens to keep their reading skills sharp over the summer by offering the annual Summer Reading Programs,” said Jessica Padilla Bowen, community relations manager. “Early literacy skills are also emphasized, since parents are encouraged to read books to their babies as part of the baby summer reading program, ‘Hello World,’”she said.
The Carlsbad City Library, Cole Library and the Library Learning Center will serves as the summer reading series’ venues. The Summer Reading Program kicked off June 20 and runs through Aug. 5.
“Entertainment and reading incentives are offered for all ages and include concerts, movies and animal programs,” Bowen said.
On July 30, kids can look forward to Summer Science Saturday brimming with geography which branches into their summer reading theme, “One World, Many Stories.”
Thanks to the funding by the Friends of the Carlsbad Library and the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment, these summer programs are free for everyone to attend.
Ongoing large crowd pleasers are the teen talent shows, which begin in July. Bowen said the children showcase their skills such as singing and dancing for prizes.
“It’s a great opportunity to support the talent right here in Carlsbad which is very impressive,” she said. “Library concerts are also very popular and offer an opportunity to hear talented local musicians in an intimate and friendly environment.”
In addition to a free movie series, adults should also mark their calendars for live Brazilian music at the Cole Library July 17.
While there is something for everyone at the Carlsbad libraries this summer, Bowen describes their events as high quality with a community-oriented spirit.
For more information on upcoming events, visit or pick up a calendar at the library.