The Sacramento Public Library invites everyone to Dream Big READ!, by participating in the library’s 2012 Summer Reading program.

 The Dream Big READ! theme will be incorporated into more than 500 entertaining and educational programs for pre-readers, school-age kids, teens, adults, and families. The free programs will range from story times to crafts, music, dance, book clubs and other activities at all 28 Sacramento Public Library locations (visit saclibrary.org and click on Events for a complete listing).

“While Dream Big READ! makes reading fun for everyone, parents and teachers especially appreciate that children’s participation in Summer Reading programs can prevent a decline in reading achievement scores from the spring to the fall,” said Rivkah K. Sass, Sacramento Public Library director. “Sacramento Public Library’s program also offers some great incentives for getting involved – a free book or book bag for everyone who finishes, plus the chance to win an iPad or $100 Target gift card in our grand prize drawing,” Sass added.

Starting June 1, library customers can either sign up to participate in Summer Reading online at www.saclibrary.org or at their neighborhood Sacramento Public Library branch. Customers can also sign up at any one of a number of Summer Reading kick-off celebrations happening at several branches around the system during the first week of June, and everyone is invited to the kick-off party at Central Library (828 I Street, Sacramento) on Sunday, June 3, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will be free activities for kids and families, including costumed book characters, face painting, balloon art, henna tattoos, a juggling demonstration, and craft activities. Metered street parking is free on Sunday.

Sacramento Public Library is grateful for our partners who sponsor and support Summer Reading, including the Friends of Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Public Library Foundation, and News10, with additional support by Target and Toyota of Elk Grove.

Please telephone the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920 or visit saclibrary.org for more information.