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Families Reading Together Meet At Library
After the Families Reading Together program at the Escalon Library, the kids that attended selected some free books to take home. - photo by VIRGINIA STILL/THE TIMES

Suzy Daveluy, Librarian and Youth Services Coordinator with Karen Mayers, substitute Librarian spent an afternoon at the Escalon Library recently reading stories to families.

The San Joaquin County Public Library created a family program to encourage families to read together. The program is for elementary age children and parents to hear fun stories and learn a few tips to keep children interested in reading. They also would like the community to learn about the library and the resources that they offer. Each child that attends will receive a free book to take home. Several branches in the county will be hosting ‘Families Reading Together’ on different days and times.

Daveluy and Mayers entertained the group with a reading of several different books like “Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together.” They each took turns reading from the book that was color coded for their part of the story.

“The whole reason (for the program) is to have fun and get them excited about books and reading” said Daveluy.

The program also helps with ideas on how to make books even more fun like a book that celebrates art. They suggest making art work together and then displaying it in your home. Or reading a biography and discuss what it would be like in a different time.

There are several books that are interactive like books of charades and “Growing Vegetable Soup” which is a picture book about vegetable gardening and has a recipe in the back.

The reading program ended with Daveluy entertaining the group with a reading from “This Is Not My Hat” by Jon Klassen. The book won the 2013 Caldecott Medal for being the most distinguished American picture book for children.

“All these books are available, here at the Escalon Library,” said Daveluy.

There are other events at the Escalon Library like a Knitters’ Group and Storytime and Crafts. On Thursday, April 25 they will have an Introduction to Microsoft Word computer class at 2 p.m. and an Overdrive Class regarding e-readers, like a Kindle or Nook at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or (866) 805-7323, or visit the Library’s website at