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Summer Reading Program

Post Date:06/06/2018 8:15 AM

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June 6, 2018


Kick off Summer Learning with the City of Santa Maria Public Library’s

2018 Summer Reading Program: Reading Takes you Everywhere!


The City of Santa Maria Public Library kicks off its Reading Takes You Everywhere Summer Reading Program on Saturday, June 9th. The program will run through Saturday, August 4th.  There is a special reading program for every age level from kids to adults, and each program offers free learning based programs and prizes for reading, based on age level. At the end of the program, there will be drawings for additional prizes.


Prizes for Kids and teens include a free book, free food, gift cards and activities from local merchants, summer swag, 3-D printed items, and a grand prize drawing for teens of an Amazon gift card or a Kindle tablet.  Adult prizes include awesome 3-D printed and other summer swag, and a gift basket from a local merchant. Participants may sign up at the main library or one of the Library’s branch locations at Orcutt, Cuyama, Guadalupe or Los Alamos. Kids and teens who finish the program will also be invited to a special finishers’ party at the main library in August.


The official kickoff event will be a special Makerspace program Saturday, June 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Learning Center at the main library.  Design and create special projects, and while there, be sure to sign-up for the Summer Reading Program.  This is a family event, and adults, teens, and children are welcome.


National research from Dominican University finds that students who participate in public library reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school than those that did not participate.  Additionally, research conducted by Scholastic Publishers, found that 82 percent of those students that read in the summer agreed they are better readers now because of summer reading.


Remember, participants can choose to sign up at whichever branch location they use most—just go to the service counter to sign up and begin.  At the main library, adults may sign up at the second floor Information Desk, while children and teens sign up on the first floor in Youth Services.  Please choose only one library for sign-ups, however, feel free to attend events at any location.


Please visit the City’s website at for library locations and hours. Questions may be directed to Youth Services, (805) 925-0994.


Department:                           Public Library

Contact Person:                     Dawn Jackson, Librarian III

Telephone Number:                (805) 925-0951 ext. 2319

Email Address:              



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