The Kern County Library is kicking off summer by inviting residents to grab a book and cool off during their summer reading and lunch programs.
Participants who read 10 books, magazines, graphic novels, audiobooks, or eBooks will be given their choice of a free paperback book, provided by the Friends of the Kern County Library.
This year’s theme is “Read for the Win,” and it includes an Olympic based curriculum about getting active during the summer months, Library Assistant Director Andrea Apple said Thursday, discussing the Kern County Library Summer Reading Challenge on the “First Look with Scott Cox” program.
“Part of being healthy and active in your mind is reading,” Apple told hosts Scott Cox and Michael Hopper. The interview was part of TBC Media’s daily web-radio simulcast with NEWSTALK 1180 KERN.
Readers of all ages are encouraged to participate starting June 1, Apple said.
Apple also talked about three summer lunch sites that would be offering food and other activities for children out of school. The locations include libraries in Frazier Park, Arvin and Bakersfield’s Beale Memorial Library.
Apple said the need to feed local children stemmed from nutritional gaps the United States Department of Agriculture recognized after students left school for the summer. As a result, the federal government reached out to public libraries across the country to partner with school districts and help provide lunches to children.
Apple said the Kern County Library is currently partnered with three school districts that have helped feed over 8,000 local children and teens for the last two years.
“It really has been a bonding [time] for the families that come, so we hope that will be replicated at the two new libraries we’re offering [activities] at,” she said.
Those interested in participating in The Kern County Library’s Summer Reading Challenge or the lunch program can sign up at their closest library location, or online at Kclsummerchallenge.org.