It’s showtime at the library for kids wanting an educational experience


TULARE COUNTY – Summer is right around the corner, which means it is almost time for Tulare County Library’s free annual Summer Reading Program!

The branch libraries are offering free reading programs for all ages – 0-100 – as part of its “It’s Showtime at Your Library” themed events. Summer Reading Program begins June 11 and goes through July 20. Stop by the library to register and get your reading log! As you meet your reading goals, you can earn prizes.

Participating in Summer Reading is a great way to prevent the notorious “summer slide” (loss of skills gained throughout the school year during the summer months). It’s also a community hub in the summer, a fantastic place to stay cool and make friends. All ages can feed their minds with the variety of great reading materials we offer.

Reading throughout the summer is one of the best ways to keep you and your child’s mind active. Reading is fun, builds character, and helps you discover the world around you. This year’s theme is ‘It’s Showtime at Your Library’ and we invite you explore your world through books and through the joys of reading.

Each of the branches has entertainers, events and special reading activities, and it is all free.


The Visalia Branch Library is pleased to announce both new and returning performers for its Thursday shows. There are activities and events for all age groups, from babies to adults! All of these wonderful programs are made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Tulare County Library.

For babies and toddlers the library is offering storytime at 10 a.m. every Tuesday from June 11 through July 16 in the Children’s Wing.

Performers for all ages will be held every Thursday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Children’s Wing. They begin with the E&M Reptile show on June 13 and continue with Ballet Folklorico Sierra Linda on June 20, Magician Tim Mannis on June 27, Reptile Ron on July 11, and Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife on July 18. The library will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Tweens, ages 10-13, can get creative at the Visalia Branch. Instructor Erin Elliott will lead a Poetry Writing Workshop, from 3-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 in the Purple Room. An Art Workshop will be led by Instructor Mikayla Gutierrez on Friday, June 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Blue Room.

Similar workshops and a few others will be held for teens, ages 13-19. Instructor Lisa Alvarado will lead an art workshop titled “Express Yourself” from 3-4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14 in the Blue Room. Erin Elliott will lead a Poetry Workshop for tweens and teens from 3-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 in the Purple Room. An art workshop titled “Let It Go” will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 21 in the Blue Room. Alvarado will return the following Friday, June 28 for “The Power of You” art workshop in the Blue Room. There will also be a teen board game and video game night from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 and from 4-5:45 p.m. on Friday, July 19, both in the Blue Room.

For children ages 1-18, we can feed their bodies as well with our Summer Lunch at the Library program. Free meals are served Tuesdays-Fridays at 12:30pm.

If you are looking for something for the whole family, check out Lego Club, Pajama Storytime, as well as movie and board game nights. Lego Club is from 2-3 p.m. and Pajama Storytime at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday from June 12 through July 17 in the Children’s Wing. Funtastic Fridays from June 14 through July 19 offer movies at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., as well as board games and Xbox Kinect at 3 p.m.


Lindsay Branch will be holding Family Events at 3 p.m. every Wednesday begin Puppet Theatre on June 12. Other family shows include Grandpa Magic, Steve Martin’s Wildlife, Native American Dancers, Ballet Folklorico Sierra Linda. The last show will be Reptile Ron on July 17. Teen events at the Lindsay branch are held at 2:30 p.m. every Thursday beginning with Blackout Poetry on June 13. Other shows include creating book/movie posters, cupcake wars, book folding art. The series ends on July 19 with Super Mario Smash Brothers. Lindsay will also be holding adult events on Tuesdays beginning June 11 with Sign Up and Pick Up. Other adult shows include a movie, Cupcake Wars, Fourth of July craft, and a movie. The shows end on July 16 with Decorating Flower Pots. For more information, call 559-562-3021.


Exeter Branch will have shows for kids at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday morning. The shows begin with Wadaba! Drums of Africa on June 13, and continue with Reptile Ron on June 20, Wildchild Adventures Bubble Show on June 27. Avengers: Thor and Captain America on July 1, and end with Josiah The Magician on July 18. The library will be closed on July 4 due to the holiday.

For teens, the Exeter Branch will be holding Movie Nights at 3 p.m. on select Wednesdays. Alita: Battle Angel will be shown on June 12, Sailor Moon on July 10, and Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse on July 17. Adult classes are held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on select Tuesdays. Bob Ross Painting will be held on July 2 and Tai Chi Class on June 18. For more information, call 559-592-5361.


All of the Farmersville shows will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning with Exeter District Ambulance on June 13. The shows continue with Reptile Ron on June 20, Visalia Rawhide mascot Tipper on June 27, AgVentures on July 11, and Josiah the Magician on July 18. For more information, call 559-592-0001.

Three Rivers

All of the Three Rivers shows will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays. The shows begin on June 14 with Frozen’s Anna and Elsa characters from “A Wish Your Heart Makes.” Shows continue with Reptile Ron on June 21, Josiah the Magician on June 28, Tulare County Fire Department on July 5, a painting class with Kacey Fansett on July 12 and end with Wildchild Adventures Bubble Show on July 19. For more information, call 559-561-4564.


Woodlake Branch’s Summer Reading Programs will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning with the Riata Ranch Cowgirls on June 12. The shows continue with ImagineU on June 19, Woodlake Fire Department on June 26, Wildchild Adventures Bubble Show on July 3, and end with the End of the Summer Party on July 17. For more information, call 559-564-8424.

Other Branches

Springville Branch will be holding two family events at 3 p.m. one Thursday each month. The first will be Omnipresent Puppet Theatre on June 27 and Reptile Ron on July 18. For more information, call 559-539-2624. Strathmore Branch will feature the same two shows a day earlier on June 26 and July 10. For more information, call 559-568-1087.

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