During the week of June 27th, the Santa Ana Public Library achieved an extraordinary feat: drawing 750 youths from two local elementary schools and one intermediate school in the height of summer vacation. The occasion proved to be an exciting event. Captivated students enjoyed a vibrant laser display, an interactive puppet show, and a Summer Reading presentation by the Santa Ana Library. Youth Services librarians, Linda Hanks, Elvia Hernandez, Rose Navarro, Monique Rosales, and Lupita Vega, hosted these outreach events in partnership with THINK Together, the nation’s largest summer extended learning program. The goal of these events was to keep kids learning and involved throughout the summer.
These activities were funded by a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and supported by the California Library Association, which is helping libraries develop community partnerships that benefit low-income youth and promote academic progress during the summer. The Santa Ana Library will offer an introduction to the library, issue students library cards, and sign them up for the Youth Summer Reading Program, a great way to maintain and strengthen reading skills. Students who finish all of the program’s reading levels will be entered in special grand prize raffles and will attend an end-of-program party. The grant will also fund other Library programs that emphasize creativity and learning.
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