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Library Reading Club Enters Final Stages
Judy Kuiper, a Library Support Staff member in Escalon, displays one of the ‘Pop-In Crafts’ that are available to youngsters during the month of July at the local library branch on Second Street. Marg Jackson/The Times

There’s still time to get involved in the Summer Reading Club, with prizes available for reaching certain reading levels. All ages are welcome to participate, the program is offered at the Escalon Library in conjunction with the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library system.

The club continues through Monday, July 31. Several colorful construction paper balloons have been put up in the library windows, signifying a certain number of books read. Kids can put their names on the balloons after reaching the required level for their age group.

The library also offers a cool respite from the region’s hot weather and has a number of special programs during the summer months for kids as well.

Pop-in Crafts are featured each day the library is open; kids can pick up a small craft kit to make there or take home. There will be a rhythmic drumming event on Friday, July 14 at 11:30 a.m. and the popular Wild Things Conservation Ambassadors program is scheduled on Wednesday, July 19 at 11 a.m.

Later in the month, The Magic of Perry Yan will be offered, set for Wednesday, July 26. Described as a ‘unique combination of sleight of hand, audience participation and comedy,’ the show is appropriate for all ages and begins at 1 p.m.

Kids can also get some extra practice reading by participating in the Read With Paws 4 Friends program. Youngsters practice their skills by reading to therapy dogs in this special program, coming up on Monday, July 17 at 1:30 p.m.

Storytime remains a weekly staple as well, each Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

The library is at 1540 Second Street and is open six days a week, closed only on Sundays.

Hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

A window over top the picture books shelves in the kids section at the Escalon Library is loaded with construction paper balloons, each featuring the name of a Summer Reading Club participant that has reached a certain level of books read. Marg Jackson/The Times