Summer Activities

By Christine Volker

We hope that you are enjoying these long days. So far, the Friends of the Richmond Public Library are sponsoring eleven programs during the summer. While most are intended for kids, even adults can attend and participate.

Take, for example, the Nor Cal Bats program, which I attended at the West Side Branch. The organization works with injured bats, rehabilitates them and releases them into the wild. Bats are fascinating creatures with an undeservedly bad reputation. One of the bat species brought to the program, a Mexican free tail bat, can fly up to 60 miles an hour, in the dark, and pinpoint its insect prey by awesome, sonar-like, echolocation abilities. The kids and adults attending were mesmerized.

Below are photos of this bat program. Two more will be on July 13 (Main Library) and July 26 (Bayview Branch). Check our calendar for details.

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Each year, the Friends of the Richmond Public Library fund summer reading programs. These fun games encourage reading, library use and exploration, with prizes going to the players/raffle. Here are a few highlights, with details on the Library’s website via the links provided below. Go ahead and enter.

Summer Reading Program for Adults (Read, explore library resources and get a chance to win a Kindle.)

Summer Reading Program for Teens (Read, write and get Starbucks card and a raffle for an Asus Chrome Book or Stub Hub gift card.)

Summer Reading Program for Kids (Read and color, collect prizes.)

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We are sponsoring a reading and talk by the author of Every Woman’s Dream, Mary Monroe. Come to the Whittlesey Room at the Main Library (325 Civic Center Plaza) on Saturday, July 9, from 2 to 3:30 PM for this free event. Copies of her latest book will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting The Richmond Public Library Foundation.

On a closing note, we received a great response rate of 40% on our May survey, mailed to members. Thank you for your views and suggestions! We’ll report out next month.

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