PALM SPRINGS — Manny the Movie Guy is only of the guests participants will meet and hear as the “It’s Showtime” Summer Reading program continues into its second week.

The program at the Palm Springs Public Library kick ed off with 365 people of all ages registering to participate in the first week. The program continues into week two with more events and guests planned.

On Wednesday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m. the youth will welcome Noteworthy Puppets Inc. as they present “Three Little Pigs: The Puppet Musical.” Later that same day at 2 p.m. adults will have the opportunity to meet  local movie critic and entertainment guru Manny the Movie Guy and hear about his adventures in Hollywood and his behind-the-scenes stories about being a movie critic.

On Thursday, June 20 at 3:30 p.m. teens can join in a Caribbean Drum Circle with Joseph Peck and learn about the instruments and the music.

Every week is a new program to entertain and engage through films, special guests, crafts and more. Summer Reading continues for six weeks and offers something for everyone in the family with a unique program for every age group; Youth: Pre-K – 5th grade, Teens: 6th – 12th grade, and adults.

Registrations continue daily, so there is still time to register and participate. Participants check in once per week. Youths and teens will receive a free new book (grade level/age specific). Adults get a voucher for a gently used book from the Friends of the Library book sale shelves.

Everyone also gets a grand prize entry ticket to enter for the grand prize they want to try and win. The books have been purchased through the support of our Friends of the Palm Springs Library and a grant from the Anderson Children’s Foundation. Grand prizes are a selection of items courtesy of the Palm Springs Sustainability Commission and the Friends of the Palm Springs Library. One winner will be selected for each prize from the entry tickets in that bin at our finale celebration on Thursday, July 18th at 4:30 p.m. in the main library atrium which will feature celebrity impersonator Bethany Owen appearing as Joan Rivers and Judy Garland. Prize winners do not need to be present to win but must be registered and enrolled in summer reading prior to the drawing.

For more Summer Reading program information click here for a complete schedule. Summer Reading helps to combat ‘summer slide’ that some students experience in their skill comprehension over the summer break. The Library provides Summer Reading as a fun, free opportunity to keep their skills sharp over and have fun.

The Library is located at 300 S. Sunrise Way, on the corner of Sunrise Way and Baristo Road.

For more information about the Library call 760-322-READ (7323) or click here. 

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