Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge, an annual program designed to encourage reading for fun and life-long learning for all ages, runs through Monday, July 31, 2017. Children log their progress online to earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses. Register and begin logging by Monday, July 24, at library.escondido.org/summer.
This year’s theme is Design Your World. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-themed events in July for children and families include:
• Baby Storytime for children ages 0-3 years on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Babies and their parents or caregivers enjoy interactive stories and action songs. Seating is limited to 30 children.
• Marshmallow Structure Craft for children ages 4-12 years on Thursday, July 13, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Design a marshmallow structure to see how many pennies it can hold.
• R.E.A.D. Book Club for children ages 9-12 years on Friday, July 14, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Explore Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel, Secret Coders. Registration is required and open Wednesday, June 14, through Thursday, July 13, at library.escondido.org/register
• John Abrams’ Animal Magic for children ages 4-12 years on Thursday, July 20, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Performer John Abrams employs a wacky blend of magic, comedy, music, and live exotic pets in a wildly entertaining show.
• Popsicle Stick Catapult Craft for children ages 4-12 years on Thursday, July 27, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Children use engineering skills to build a popsicle stick catapult and see how far the pom poms fly.
For more information on all the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World events, including challenges for teens and adults, program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules for participation, visit library.escondido.org/summer. Summer Reading events are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and local businesses. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia St.