School's out! The kids will soon be looking for things to do. It's always a good idea to keep their noses in books during the summer, as skills decline when they take a complete break. Lucky for you, the Napa County libraries, from American Canyon to Calistoga, have a schedule of special events for kids.
You can sign up your children, ages 3 to 11, for a summer reading program at your library. This year's is called Paws to Read, in which the kids are encouraged to read about animals. If they read 10 books over the summer vacation, they're invited to a celebration.
The library has special events all summer long. There's story time in American Canyon and Calistoga on Tuesdays, on Wednesdays in Yountville and in Napa Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Check the website for the times and age groups. In addition there are weekly opportunities to read one-on-one to a grandparent or a dog. There's a puppet show, magic, music, story craft, circus, arts and crafts and movie nights. Download the whole schedule at CountyOfNapa.org/Library/Kids/Events.
Napa Bookmine at 964 Pearl St. is starting a Teen Book Club on June 25. Soda and snacks will be offered at 5 and 6 p.m., author Katherine Longshore will read from and discuss the latest in her series of teen fiction set in the Tudor Court. Teens get a 10 percent discount on purchases. Similar events will be held on July 10, July 26 and Aug. 7. Go to NapaBookMine.com for details.
Copperfield's Books has a summer reading program (Copperfields.com). You can sign up online to enroll your kids as pirates. For each book they read, they get a prize and move their pirate ship on a display in the store closer to an island and the ultimate treasure chest. Copperfield's has lists of recommended books for kindergarten through middle school. The program ends Aug. 4.
Hearing stories read is a great way to keep the young ones interested in reading. Community Resources for Children is staffing story time at the Napa Farmers' Market every Tuesday and Saturday morning at 10:00. To volunteer to be a reader, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. CRC also has a Children's Toy Library and Early Learning Center at 3299 Claremont Way, Mondays and Tuesdays from 1 to 6 p.m., Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. The St. Helena Farmers' Market has story time at 9:30 a.m. on the first Friday of each month.
Can't get to the library or prefer ordering books online and having them delivered to your door? The American Library Association, ALA.org, publishes lists for summer reading geared to kids by grade, from K-8. All of the books come recommended not just by librarians, but by kids.
So make reading for pleasure a part of your summer. If Mom and Dad get involved too, you can guarantee some relaxing times as a family. Sip a tall glass of lemonade and escape into a new world of imagination.