This year's theme is "Sherlock Bones and the Case of the Mysterious Library", and the staff has generated a beautiful booklet where children can record their reading hours, receiving prizes when they hit their milestones. After completion of the booklet, there is a bonus game and even a photo scavenger hunt in the children's library.
The staff go to great lengths to find a new and exciting theme each year, create a new booklet and decorate the library to match the theme. Be sure to visit the library, if you have children enroll them in the Summer Reading Game, if you don't, just drop by to see what this great staff have done.
Kudos also to the great group of "kids", who have been trained to run the games, you'll see them at their stations all day throughout the program. Training of these volunteers itself is a huge undertaking. Pleasanton's own sign shop created some of the great displays.
The games end in early August 3, so don't miss out.
Here's an email from a happy patron.
"I just wanted to commend you and your staff for another incredibly creative and thoughtful summer reading program. My children look forward to this event all year. When we arrived for "opening day" of the program this summer, my 10-year-old daughter turned to me and said: "Oh mom, I don't know how but they outdo themselves every year.
Thank you and your team for encouraging my daughters' love of reading, for always being helpful when we need assistance finding a certain title, and for having a seemingly endless list of good books to read!
Truly, the Children's Library is one of the best things about Pleasanton."
I'm kinda proud of this program since my wife is a children's librarian and worked hard to develop the booklet for the reading game.
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