Central Unified schools stay open to encourage summer reading

The Fresno BeeJune 2, 2014 

Central Unified is getting inventive to keep kids reading during the summer break.

Three schools -- Harvest Elementary, Central East High and Herndon-Barstow Elementary -- will keep the doors open when school lets out in June, giving youngsters a chance to check out books during their hiatus from classes. The schools join two others in the district that offer after-hours library access.

There's no county library within the district, which spreads north past Alluvial Avenue and south past Central Avenue west of Highway 99. District spokeswoman Melinda Gonsalves said keeping school libraries open is a "fix for now."

A $7,500 grant from Kaiser Permanente Fresno will fund the program from mid-June to mid-July. Biola-Pershing and Teague elementary schools already run after-school library programs year-round.

Central Unified's library program:

Harvest Elementary, 6514 W. Gettysburg Ave.
Open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 16 to July 11

Central East High, 3535 N. Cornelia
Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 16 to July 11
Herndon-Barstow Elementary, 6265 N. Grantland
Open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 16 to July 11

Biola-Pershing Elementary, 4885 N. Biola
Monday and Thursday from 3 to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Teague Elementary, 4725 N. Polk Ave
Monday and Thursday from 3 to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6412, hfurfaro@fresnobee.com or @hannahfurfaro on Twitter.

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