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Summer Reading Program For Kids, Adults
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Create ... Imagine the Possibilities throughout the summer at the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library and explore the worlds of art, books, writing, music, and more. Get in touch with your creative side. The 2009 Adult Summer Reading Program is open to adults of all ages, and offers programs, sharing of book reviews, creative programming, and special events.

The adult program will run concurrently with the children's and teen programs titled Be Creative and Express Yourself. Get your whole family involved in a reading program; the Library can help you get started!

The Adult, Teen, and Children's Summer Reading Programs kicked off on Monday, June 1 and will run through July 31. Registration for the program can be done online at or by talking to library staff at your local branch library.

Sponsors of the Summer Reading Program include Friends of the Stockton Public Library, Friends of the Escalon Library, Friends of the Linden Library, Friends of the Manteca Library, Friends of the Ripon Memorial Library, Friends of the Tracy Library, and the Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County.

The Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library, a Division of the Community Services Department, is a library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and two mobile vehicles that serve residents throughout Stockton and San Joaquin County.

There will be a special event offered through the Adult Summer Reading Program in Escalon.

Guest artist Richard Rios is on the schedule with a program titled Creative Possibilities.

Rios is a noted poet, artist, playwright, sculptor, and musician who will speak about art, share his poetry, and perform on his acoustic guitar. He has a long list of accomplishments that include, but are not limited to, being an instructor at San Joaquin Delta College, a member of Stockton's Mexican Heritage Center and Artistas de Valle, performances of his poetry and music at events such as the grand opening of Stockton's Weber Point Events Center and in October of 2008 he became the recipient of the Stockton Arts Commissions STAR (Stockton's Top Arts Recognition) Award.

His appearance in Escalon is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at 1 p.m. at the library, 1540 Second St.

In the Summer Reading Program for children, the next event is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16 at 11 a.m. with a ventriloquist show by Steve Chaney. Thursday, June 18 will feature Quack, Gabble, Squawk and Other Animal Stories by storyteller Kirk Waller at 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 30 offers Exploring Cultures of the Valley through Music and Dance at 11 a.m. and Tuesday, July 28 at 11 a.m. will be a Sock Puppet Camp.