Summer Is Fast Approaching: Time to Read and Also Enjoy Online Events at the L.A. Public Library

Even though the branch library is closed, there are still numerous programs online.

Gail Kim, children’s librarian at the Palisades Branch Library, wrote Circling the News on June 4 to say that even though the  library is still closed, there are lots of opportunities, starting with the “Summer Reading Challenge.”

“Believe it or not Los Angeles Public Library’s 2020 Summer Reading Challenge began on Monday, June 1, and all ages are encouraged to participate (it’s not just for youth anymore),” Kim said.

Participants can track progress online or on the Beanstack Tracker mobile app or download and print a gameboard.  “Earn a badge for every six days of reading and work toward your personal best,” Kim said.

Ongoing through August 31, people are urged to go to lapl.org/summer to sign up and see a schedule of events.

Tomorrow, June 9 at 4 p.m., youth can learn about “Living Treasures from Around the World” with the Reptile Family, via Live on Instagram! @lapubliclibrary.

The Tween Book Club for 8- to 12-year-old youth will go live on Zoom at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 15, to speak about what participants have been reading and for suggestions about to read in the future. Jennifer from Palms-Rancho Park will lead the discussion. Email jmurphy@lapl.org for the link.

Live on Zoom on Friday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m., Ms. Ashley from Brentwood will lead a discussion of “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo. Email akagan@lapl.org for the link.

During the summer look for Yoga Storytime, which will include stories and yoga poses recommended for ages 3 to 7, on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. To receive the Zoom link, email: ddyer@lapl.org.

The website (lapl.org) also provides ideas for activities, such as making shadow drawings and paper bag puppets.

Kim urges people to check out the public library YouTube page. “Both live-streamed events and archived videos can be found here, with something for everyone,” she said.

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