The theme for this year's Yakima Valley Libraries’ Summer Reading Program is   “Libraries Rock!”   They do rock and the extra reading kids log over the summer can go a long toward helping them master reading and enjoying all the advantages that presents.

The program is targeted at kids from Pre-K to 8th grade and each reader who completes the program will receive a free book from the Yakima Valley Libraries Foundation.

The YVL is also offering a summer event calendar packed with free shows, performers and activities for the whole family.

In addition to these events, patrons can look forward to weekly crafts and activities at their local community library, plus even more children’s performers and S.T.E.M. projects all summer long.

To sign children up for the program, visit your local community library.  Here's a list of upcoming events:

PERFORMERS & EVENTS

 ERIC HAINES: COMEDIAN, JUGGLER & ONE-MAN BAND

  • Southeast Community Library, Fri., July 13th @ 11am
  • Moxee Community Library, Fri., July 13th @ 4pm

SYMPHONY SATURDAYS

  • Yakima Central Library, Sat., July 14th @ 2pm

Performance by student musician from the Yakima Music en Acción pro-gram, followed by time for audience to try various orchestra instruments.

 HANDS & HEARTS DRUMMING WORKSHOP

Drumming and rhythm activities w/djembe drums, floor drums & percussion instruments. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Please call the Wapato Community Library or

  • Wapato Community Library, Wed., June 27th @ 11:30am
  • Mabton Community Library, Wed., June 27th @ 4pm

JAPANESE TAIKO DRUMMERS

Performance by Seattle’s School of TAIKO featuring high-energy Japanese drumming and audience participation!

  • Yakima Central Library, Mon., July 16th @ 11am
  • Sunnyside Community Library, Mon., July 16th @ 4pm

ALEX ZERBE: MAGICIAN & COMEDIAN

  • Sunnyside Community Library, Fri., July 27th @ 12pm
  • West Valley Community Library, Fri., July 27th @ 4pm
  • West Valley Community Library, Sat., July 28th @ 11am
  • Yakima Central Library, Sat., July 28th @ 3pm

BRIAN WAITE BAND

Journey to the musical land of Rockmania, where you’ll laugh, dance and rock out with the Brian Waite Band and their singing puppet friends!

  • Selah Community Library, Wed., August 1st @ 12pm

Concert at Wixson Park Stage, 216 S. 3rd St, Selah, WA 98942

“BE A ROCK HOUND!” GUIDED FAMILY HIKE

A fun, kid-friendly hike through the beautiful Cowiche Canyon, hosted by the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy.

  • Saturday, August 4th @ 9am

Visit www.yvl.org/summer for more info and driving directions to Cowiche Canyon.

VIKKI GASKO GREEN: VENTRILOQUIST & MAGICIAN

A fun-filled show packed with laughs, magic and audience participation.

  • Terrace Heights Community Library, Wed., August 8th @12:30pm
  • Buena Community Library, Wed., August 8th @ 4:30pm
  • Granger Community Library, Thurs., August 9th @ 12pm
  • Toppenish Community Library, Thurs., August 9th @ 4pm

 For more information about the Summer Reading Program and related events, visit www.yvl.org/summer, contact your local community library, or call (509) 575-3431.