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Critters, winter reading hosted at Escalon library

In the midst of a Winter Reading Challenge, there’s still time to get involved in that program at the Escalon Public Library.

The challenge runs through Wednesday, Jan. 31 and it is open to all ages. Kids up to age 13 are asked to read 10 books or, for the younger set, have 10 books read to them during the challenge to qualify to turn in a reading log for prizes. Teens, ages 13 to 19, are asked to read three books in order to turn in their log and adults are asked to read three books for their log turn in as well. Winter Reading Club participants can fill up as many logs as they want after meeting the reading requirements and turn them in for prizes including free books and Stockton Kings basketball ticket vouchers.

Special upcoming events at the library will also feature a variety of informative and entertaining programs.

On Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 3:30 p.m., the library will offer Cruzin’ Critters, an interactive, educational and fun presentation on wildlife. All ages are welcome. It’s a National Winnie the Pooh Day Party, at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18 and all ages are encouraged to come and help celebrate Winnie’s special day. On Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m., kids ages eight and up can attend the Black Light Paint Night activity, while supplies last. Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m., Ricky Roo & Friends Puppet Show is scheduled, with all ages welcome to join in for this playful and imaginative puppet adventure.

Regularly scheduled programs include the Get Hooked on Crochet class, open to those ages 10 to adult; check with a staff member at the library for dates and times.

Read with Paws 4 Friends is scheduled the third Monday of each month, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and allows kids to practice their literacy skills by reading to therapy dogs in a relaxed setting.

The Legos and Listen program is put on for youngsters the first and third Tuesday of each month, providing an opportunity to build with Legos and listen to an audiobook. It’s a great way to use fine motor skills, get creative and learn to share as well as hone listening skills.

Also, a reminder that you can check out a free vehicle day-use pass for any of 200-plus California state parks by using your library card.

For information on these and other library programs, stop by the local branch at 1540 Second St., Escalon, during regular hours.