Fresno County Library summer events begin Saturday

The Fresno BeeJune 11, 2014 

Fresno County Public Library is kicking off its summer reading program, titled "Paws to Read," and will give away 14 Kindle Fire tablets for the program's grand prize.

All children and teens who read will win a prize. Adults who complete items on a checklist will be entered in weekly drawings for gift baskets.

All readers who complete the summer program will be eligible for the grand prize drawing of the Kindle Fire tablets.

The library will host other summer reading events from Saturday through Aug. 3.

The kickoff event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Valley Animal Center, 3934 N. Hayston Ave. Performers include E&M Reptile Family, a bubble show by Wild Child Adventures, Tail Waggin' Tutors and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

The library will also take a trip to Cat Haven and the Sequoia National Park from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Aug. 10. The trip will include visiting the rare and endangered cats at Cat Haven, a visit to Grant Grove and lunch in Sequoia National Park. Tickets are $30.

Children programs will include magicians, puppeteers, singing and dancing, reptile shows and bubble fun. Teen crafts will include pet bandannas, bottle cap magnets, wizard wands, painting frames and self portraits. Adult activities include author events with Linda Caine, who wrote "Out of the Dark," Carmen Christina Moreno, who wrote "My Father and the Mexican Revolution," music with Evo Bluestein and a birdhouse key holder craft.

More details about the summer reading program cab be found at local branch libraries and online at All events are free, excluding the bus tour to Cat Haven and Sequoia National Park.

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