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


PRESS RELEASE 05/27/2013
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Invites Everyone to Join the Summer Reading Program: Reading Is So Delicious
Contact : Laurie Hastings, Senior Librarian    (650) 838-2946

Palo Alto, CA – Registration for Reading Is So Delicious!, the Palo Alto City Library’s 2013 Summer Reading Program begins on May 30 and will continue through July 31.  This summer, the library will host a range of free activities for children, teens, adults and families that encourage and support a love of reading.  You may register for the Summer Reading Program at any Palo Alto Library branch or on the library’s website at  Participants will win prizes for reaching their reading goals, and there will be special prize drawings throughout the summer for participants who log book reviews on the library’s summer reading website.    Prizes may be picked up any time from August 1-31.  To learn more about the summer adventure at the library, please visit, email or call the library at 650-329-2436.

There will be a special Family Summer Reading Program Kickoff on Saturday, June 8 at Rinconada Park with games and entertainment.  Other special themed events include a “Brew University” series for adults, “Books & Pizza: Cookbook Edition” for teens. “Kitchen Based Science” for kids, plus a recipe swap and food drive.  These are just a few of the many activities planned for a summer full of reading and fun at the library.

“We’ve got a great program planned for having a deliciously good time at the library this summer,” said Senior Librarian Laurie Hastings, coordinator of the Summer Reading Program.  “We invite everyone from birth to 100+ to join us at the reading banquet.”

There’s also a serious side to summer reading.  Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss in students.

“Studies also indicate students who read recreationally out-performed those who don’t”, added Jenny Jordan, Coordinator of Youth Services at the library.  “Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests.  They will also read more when their parents and other family members model the habit of reading and using the library.   It is never too early to start reading to a child.  The Palo Alto City Library is committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all our families.”