In her memoir “The Glass Castle,” Jeannette Walls says, “One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”

That’s just what kids all across Pima County are gearing up for as they count the days until summer reading begins.

The Pima County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program runs May 20 through July 15.

The program kicks off on Saturday, May 20, with the Family Fiesta at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet, 4100 S. Palo Verde Road, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Kids can sign up for summer reading and enjoy a fun evening of live-action stories and crafts. Plus, they’ll get to meet Curious George and take home a free, new book to keep.

Beginning May 20, kids can stop by any of the 26 library locations to pick up a reading tracker. Once they start reading, they’re encouraged to return to the library to collect stickers and stamps to mark their progress. Plus, beginning May 30, they’ll be allowed to choose a free book to take home, while supplies last.

“Research shows that parent involvement is the number-one predictor of early literacy success. Summer reading is a time for kids to have fun choosing their own books and to connect with family members around reading,” Amber Mathewson, director of the Pima County Public Library, said in a press release.

On Saturday, July 8, the library will host a summer reading celebration at the Reid Park Zoo, and on Saturday, July 15, the seventh annual MegaMania, an event for everything Manga, comics, gaming and cosplay, will be held at Pima Community College’s downtown campus.

In addition to these events, the library also will host hundreds of events for kids of all ages, including DIY science and nature classes to storytimes and crafts.

This year, there’s plenty for teens, too.

They can attend workshops and try out new hobbies like 3D printing and jewelry making, while learning more about volunteering, getting involved and building leadership skills.

Summer reading is a time to ignite imaginations and jump-start dreams.

SOURCE: Pima County Public Library