News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 05/30/2014
Subject :

Palo Alto City Launches Its Summer Reading Program: Paws to Read
Contact : Jenny Jordan, Manager, Library Services    (650) 463-4961

Palo Alto, CA—Join the Palo Alto City Library for its Summer Reading Kick-off “Pawty” on Saturday, May 31, 2:30-4 p.m. at the Cubberley Community Center Amphitheater.

The event will include live music by local musicians The Corner Laughers and free Rick’s ice cream for everyone who signs up for the summer reading program at the event.  Other special themed events will include a “Paws to Pose” yoga sessions for kids, teens and adults; animal-themed family movie matinees; an online pet photo contest; and a “Paws to Give” pet supplies drive benefitting Palo Alto Animal Services.

Over the next three months, the library will host over 30 free programs for babies, children, teens, adults and families that encourage and support a love of reading.  Participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals, and there will be special prize drawings throughout the summer for those who log reviews on the library’s summer reading portal.

Visit our events calendar to sign up for specific programs. The Pawty doesn’t require registration. Just bring your appetite for good books and fun.

This summer the library will expand its focus by encouraging the parents of babies to register their little ones for the summer reading program. Research shows that young children who have been read to at home start school better prepared to learn how to read and write.  Additionally, parents can practice early literacy skills with their baby by participating in the “Pitter Patter Club.”  Pick up an activity sheet at any library branch starting June 2, complete at least 12 of the early literacy activities with your baby, and return to the library for a special board book prize.

Every summer the library organizes special events around a theme that entices people to read more, have fun and build community. Last summer 3,000 library users of the Palo Alto City Library enjoyed the programs, creating more than 4,000 book reviews and reading over 27,000 books. 

Prizes may be picked up any time from August 1-31.  To learn more about the summer program at the library, please visit, email, or call the library at 650-329-2436.