Art & Culture

Summer reading club sign-ups have begun

Free program is open to youth from birth to 18 years old

Sign-ups have begun for the San Benito County Free Library's no-cost Summer Reading Club, which will meet Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. from June 25 to July 30.

The program is made possible by the library's partnership with the San Benito County Farm Bureau, Ag in the Classroom, the San Benito County Historical Society, and Mountain Mike's Pizza. It is open to children and teens through the age of 18. Sign-up at the front circulation desk is free and includes a reading log and book bags. Starting July 30, participants who reach their reading goal will receive a reading certificate, a free paperback book and a Mountain Mike's mini pizza and drink.

The club gets going on Wednesday, July 25, with a Saddle Horse Parade Kick-off Program, when participants will meet the queen of the local parade, see a horse and learn about horse care and safety. The July 2 theme is "Grow and Herb Garden." This offiering will teach children about different kinds of herbs and allow them to take home their own mini herb garden. On July 9, beekeeper Cathy Walls will bring an observation hive to the Fifth Street library and introduce children to the world of honeybees. On July 16, the reading club will learn about good and bad bugs and release ladybugs back into the environment. The July 23 meeting will feature activities to allow participants to learn about cows and cattle ranching. The last day of the club will celebrate the summer with games, crafts and an ice cream social. Children will receive their certificates, goodie bags and a new paperback book for their participation.

For more information, visit the San Benito County Free Library at 470 Fifth St. in Hollister, call 637-4107, or visit its website by clicking here.


Adam Breen

Adam Breen has been a San Benito County resident since 1980 and graduated from Sacred Heart School and San Benito High School before earning a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno. A father of two sons, Adam has taught newspaper, English and yearbook at SBHS for the past decade, after six years as a magazine editor for Santa Clara University. He previously was editor of the Hollister Free Lance and content director for BenitoLink.