June 22, 2007

‘Get a Clue,’ ‘Seek & Be Fit’ Bring Summer Fun to All Ages at the library!

Clues abound this year with mysterious magic shows, science experiments, animal shows, movies, and arts and crafts activities that are among the many exciting activities in store for kids at the Chula Vista Public Library’s popular Summer Reading Program. Open to children, teens and adults at the city’s three library branch-es, all of these free programs begin on June 16 and end with final parties in early August.

Using the appealing themes of “Get a Clue @ Your Library” for children and “Seek & Be Fit” for teens, this summer’s programs encourage kids and teens to participate by offering them weekly exciting programs as well as incentives for reading books or having books read to them.

“We invite all kids to sign up this summer,” said the library’s Youth and Family Literacy Manager JoAnn Jonas. “Younger children will receive fun rewards for reading as well as enjoy programs with animals, clowns and much more. Teens will have an opportunity to participate in a Healthy Scavenger Hunt while they enjoy fitness, diet and nutrition activities plus an exciting dance competition.”

“Get a Clue @ Your Library” is this year’s theme for children from infants to age 12. Among the fun programs planned for the summer are a variety of magic, clown and animal shows; Movie Ticket Tuesday and Friday Flicks; fabulous Harry Potter events on July 21, the day the last book is released; and the final party featuring a Swazzle Puppet Show on Aug. 4 at South Chula Vista Branch.

“Seek & Be Fit,” co-sponsored by MetLife/Libraries for the Future and a Fit for Life grant, is the Summer Reading Club for teens from sixth through 12th grade. Activities include many workshops designed to get participants up and moving around, or learning about making healthy choices. He Nani O Polynesia Dancers will perform and give lessons, and Hip-Hop Workshops are two of the exciting events planned for the libraries. The teen program will culminate in a Chula Vista Teen Dance-off competition on Aug. 2, with each branch holding preliminary tryouts.

This year’s reading incentives for children and teens include a colorful Book Bug t-shirt; free passes to several museums including the Chula Vista Nature Center and San Diego Aerospace Museum; one-day passes for swimming at Parkway or Loma Verde pool; and recognition certificates.

In addition, this year the library is also offering a summer reading program for adults with a mystery theme—“Get a Clue @ The Library.” Adults can participate in the summer reading program by filling out a short review and rating a book after reading it. They will then be entered into drawings for weekly prizes and a grand prize. The adult program will conclude on August 4.

Visit any of the city’s libraries to sign up for the Summer Reading Programs. A complete calendar of events for children and teens is available at the library or by visiting online at www.chulavistalibrary.com and clicking on the calendar of events. Information for adults is also available at all branches. The branch libraries are Civic Center, 365 F St.; South Chula Vista, 389 Orange Ave.; and EastLake, 1120 EastLake Parkway. Co-sponsored by the library and the Friends of the Chula Vista Library, the Summer Reading Program is the largest conducted by the library each year.

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