Reading program June 18

June 10, 2014 

Oakhurst Library Branch Manager Dale Rushing is encouraging parents of Mountain Area children four-years-old to fourth grade, to register their children for the library's Summer Reading Program, "Paws to Read" supported by the Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library (FOBL). The friends are an integral part of the program providing volunteers and financial support from area business and service clubs.

The Summer Reading Program is held Wednesdays, June 18-30. The library's Summer Reading Program has been a part of the summertime fun in Oakhurst since 2007. According to Rushing, in the early years, the main focus of the program was to target elementary age children to motivate them to read during summers. In the summer of 2011, because of increasing attendance and room capacity limits, the program created a teen program.

"In 2013, the decision was made to move the larger children's program to the Oakhurst Community Center," Rushing said. "The children's reading program had about 140 children attending with an additional 85 parents, grandparents, and guardians in attendance."

The children's Summer Reading Program begins at 10 a.m. and the Teen Summer Reading Program, for students fifth through 12th grade, is held at the Oakhurst Library Community Room starting at 11:30a.m.

Rushing has continually put together presentations that are fun, entertaining and informative. One presentation this year is called "Paws to Serve" where different types of service dogs and their owners/handlers will demonstrate the various types of services they perform. A local family will demonstrate their training techniques used to train their dogs to detect and alert a diabetic person when their blood sugar has dropped.

Other dogs will come from the Madera County Sheriff's Department. These dogs perform different crime-fighting services for the community.

"The deputies will educate the children and teens on how these dogs serve the public and keep us safe," Rushing said.

All the children and teens that turn in reading logs each week are awarded a new book and a coupon(s) donated from a variety of businesses in town. Prizes are awarded through weekly reading and program attendance.

"This free program has proven to be a fun and exciting six weeks," Rushing said. "The Summer Reading Program will come come to an end with a combined Grand Finale Party and Awards Ceremony at 10 a.m. on July 30 at the Oakhurst Community Center.

Children's Program - four years to fourth grade

June18-July 30 - 10-11 a.m. - Oakhurst Community Center

Wednesday, June 18 - Steve Riley, author and illustrator.

Wednesday, June 25 - Service Dogs.

Wednesday, July 2 - no program

Wednesday, July 9 - Little Red Riding Hood Omnipuppets.

Wednesday, July 16 - The Food Chain of the San Joaquin River.

Wednesday, July 23 - Cat Haven: Cheetah.

Wednesday, July 30 - Finale Party

Teen Program - fifth through 12th grade - Oakhurst Library Community Room

June 18-July 30 - 11:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 18 - Steampunk Doghouse

Wednesday, June 25 - Service Dogs

Wednesday, July 2 - no program

Wednesday, July 9 - Birds of Prey

Wednesday, July 16 - Pizza and Origami

Wednesday, July 23 - Cat Haven: Cheetah

Wednesday, July 30 - Finale Party

Details: Oakhurst Library, (559) 683-4838, and

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