Library readies for summer programs

CARLSBAD — Summer programs are ready to bloom for Carlsbad residents bringing an exciting season full of reading and activities.

Perla Batalla will perform a free concert this summer. Courtesy photo

Library happenings, throughout the summer months, have something to offer every member of the family no matter how old they are. The financial contributions and support from the Friends of the Carlsbad Library have made these programs possible.

“We start planning our summer programs about a year in advance and planning ramps us as the summer gets closer,” said Jessica Padilla Bowen, community relations manager at the Carlsbad City Library. “Since we have events for all ages and strive to present high-quality programs that are both educational and entertaining, we like to get a good head start.”The Summer Reading Program will open its doors from June 18 to Aug. 3.

Bowen wants residents to know that this longtime program features activities, reading incentives, literary skills and activities for all ages. Its cornerstone is meant to spur people to read and make it a permanent part of their lives.

“One of our goals is to make the library a destination for enjoyment of reading, lifelong learning and cultural enrichment,” she said. “Summer is a wonderfully busy time at Carlsbad City Library, where we thrive as a community gathering place.”

Like previous summers, Bowen added, they have programs catering to babies, children, teens and adults. Library enthusiasts will encounter different lineups from animal events, movies and concerts to teen talent shows. New workshops are also on the horizon.

“We’ve recently introduced workshops on downloading e-books from the library and using various e-readers such as Kindles, Nooks and iPads,” she said.

For the kids, parents should keep an eye out for One World Rhythm on June 21 as space is limited. The ensemble will visit all three libraries at different times of the day so more children have the opportunity to experience this unique event.

“One World Rhythm creates an exciting and educational experience by introducing children to drumming and letting them play the drums and other instruments in a group,” said Bowen, adding that children also learn about the origins and cultural significance of drums.

For the adults in the family, on June 20 at the Carlsbad City Library Learning Center, the Summer Program will offer a complimentary concert with Grammy-nominated vocalist Perla Batalla.

“Perla gained international attention as a backup singer for Leonard Cohen, who later encouraged her to begin her solo career as a folk rock, jazz, and Latin performer,” she said.

In the month of June, the Carlsbad City Library will be showcasing their “book-to-movie films” series. The Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium will be featuring “Hugo,” “The Descendants,” and “Water for Elephants.”

The free teen talent show, which encourages a supportive environment, Bowen said, will be a popular destination for this age group in July and August. “The library’s programs are a lot of fun and provide an opportunity for quality family time,” she said, noting that everyone can either read for pleasure or learn something new. “Summer is also a great time to join one of the library’s book clubs and meet new people while reading new books.”

In early June, summer calendars will be ready for viewing at carlsbadlibrary.org. For any information before this time, call (760) 602-2047 or (760) 434-2897 for babies and children programs; (760) 602-2058 for teen programs; and (760) 602-2026 for adult programs.

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