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Summer reading underway, chance to win prizes

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Public Library's Summer Reading 2012 Program is underway through August called "Dream Big Read!"

It's for kids of all ages.  Preschool and adults can get in on the fun as well.

How it works is that you get a Tic Tac Toe Board each month and cross off boxes that include "read a book of your choice" or "attend a library program."

Once you check off three boxes you earn a free book. When you do the whole board, you can enter for a grand prize including an iPad or $100 Target gift card.

News10's Melissa Crowley signed her entire family up and her 3-year-old got her first card!

"Very exciting and all free. There are also special events and activities like magic shows and Chinese classes at the 28 branches," Crowley said.

Sacramento’s proposal to improve third grade reading selected as finalist for national award

Sacramento’s proposal to improve third grade reading selected as finalist for national award

BY: Rachel Minnick

Sacramento, CA – Innovative plan to ensure that low-income students are reading on grade-level by the end of third grade was picked from more than 100 applicants.

An ambitious plan to ensure that more children in the City of Sacramento are reading at grade level by the end of third grade has been chosen as a finalist for the All-America City Award, sponsored each year by the National Civic League.

Reading volunteer opportunities available

SACRAMENTO -- Hands on Sacramento is a program of Community Link (formerly Community Services Planning Council) and offers countless opportunities for residents to lend a hand and volunteer. Through their online matching system, Hands On Sacramento strives to inspire, equip and mobilize individuals and groups for meaningful volunteer experiences that change our community!

Free Comic Books -- and Cash Prizes -- Delight Young Artists at Southgate Library

Free Comic Books -- and Cash Prizes -- Delight Young Artists at Southgate Library

Sacramento -- Crayons, watercolors and glitter -- lots of glitter! -- adorn artwork created by young artists participating in Saturday's contest to win cash prizes, sponsored by the Friends of Southgate Library.

Thanks to Comics & Collectibles on Fruitridge Road, every artist received two free comic books to take home on the final day of Dia! Many Children...Many Cultures...Many Books program at Sacramento County libraries.

Nicole Powel, children's librarian, says this program celebrating Sacramento's multi-cultural diversity highlights 2012's schedule of events emphasizing in-home reading for all children and their parents. "By coming to these library events," she explains, "children are provided with free books to take home and keep.

Oh, No! Mr. Bill at Free Library Program -- Dia! Children's Day/Book Day through May 5.

Oh, No!  Mr. Bill at Free Library Program -- Dia! Children's Day/Book Day through May 5.

Christian Hill, a six-grade student at Florin Elementary School, is a regular participant at Southgate Library's free educational programs because, he says, "They're fun, entertaining and help pass time! "

Christian joins teens on Tuesday to create animated stories on a mini-TV taught by Artworks' instructors. Christian and his friends are shown how to create stories combining old-fashioned animation "flip" books with today's digital media.

For information about daily programs celebrating Dia! Children's Day/Book Day through May 5, contact www.saclibrary.org and remember there are many children, many cultures and many books! (Who remembers RoseAnn RoseAnna Danna?)