Summer Reading Program 2022

Rope and Board sign with camp badge

Read Beyond the Beaten Path this summer and join the Library's Summer Reading Program 2022 for a celebration of reading, programs and the Great Outdoors!

Register here.

During June 1-July 31, participate in "Read Beyond the Beaten Path" and read to win great prizes! Simply register and log your minutes. Complete 10 hours of reading and win a goodie bag. For the under five crowd, a floppy book. For children and teens, assorted card games, adventure canvas pouch, pencils and camp erasers, laminated adventure bookmarks, flashlight keychains, friendship rope bracelets, and free book coupon. For adults, a twig pencil, notepad, flashlight, safety whistle, paracord bracelet and deck of cards in camo drawstring bag.  All winners will be entered into the grand prize drawing: a camping starter kit!

Theme-based classes and events for both children and adults are guaranteed to bring the great outdoors to your world this summer! Check them out below. (Online registration required for adult classes and events.)

JUNE
Adult Classes & Events

Blue square macrame basketMacramé Basket
Registration Deadline: June 11
Zoom meetup: Wednesday, June 22, 6-7 pm
Intermediate crafters will enjoy the challenge of creating a macramé basket based on the design of Home Decoration Love. Using the simple square knot, this basket can be used to hold any number of small items and will complement the décor in any room. Space is limited. Registration with Paso Robles City library card is required for all participants by June 11 to receive information about picking up craft kit with instructions and information about the Zoom meetup. For ages 16+.

Paso RoTruck with camper shell, man driving, cab and camper bed compartment full of dogsbles Book Group Reads Dogtripping by David Rosenfelt
Wednesday, June 15, 6-7 pm

Library Conference Room
When mystery writer David Rosenfelt and his family moved from Southern California to Maine to begin a dog-rescue foundation, they thought they had prepared for everything. But traveling with 25 dogs turned out to be a bigger ordeal than he anticipated! The title is available in in various formats through the catalog. Space is limited. Registration is required for all participants. For ages 16+.



Children's Classes & Events

Woman talking to bald eagleZoo to You presents Native Wildlife
Wednesday, June 15, 10 am
Library Conference Room 
Come explore native wildlife with Zoo to You! Join us to meet and learn about the animals you might encounter while camping under the stars this summer! Free admission tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to program. 

Three young girls in red dresses wearing traditional green Hawaiian head pieceSylvia Hambly presents Na Mele O Ke Kai
Wednesday, June 22, 10 am
Library Conference Room
Join Sylvia Hambly and the dancers of Hālau Hula Na Mele o ke Kai on Wednesday, June 22 at 10 am to explore the art of hula by learning how movement interprets the poetry of music. Get a taste of Hawaiian culture, music, language and dance in this fun program for all ages. Na Mele o ke Kai is based out of San Luis Obispo and welcomes all interested individuals who want to experience the language and traditions of Polynesian cultures through dance, music and song. Free admission tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to program. 

Photo of jungle cat on tree limb

Zoo to You presents Under the Rainforest Canopy 
Wednesday, June 29, 10 am
Library Conference Room
Take a stroll through a tropical rainforest with Zoo to You! Come meet and learn about some of the animal friends that live and play in this colorful ecosystem! Free admission tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to program. 

Weekly Children's Classes & Events for June

Mondays:  Animal Tales & Craft IN PERSON with Miss Frances, 2:30 pm, Story Room
Tuesdays: Try It Tuesday! kits available for pick-up to make at home         
Fridays: Toddler Story Time & Craft IN PERSON with Miss Cappy, 10:00 am, Story Room

Have you remembered to log your reading minutes for this month?

JULY
Adult Classes & Events

Circle of felt scene of snow capped mountains, evergreens, road

Applique a Felt Mountain Scene
Registration Deadline: July 8
Zoom meetup: Wednesday, July 27, 6-7 pm

Beginning crafters will enjoy the challenge of creating this month’s felt applique project based on the techniques of Hawk-Hill.com. Using materials such as felt and embroidery floss, participants will learn simple applique techniques. Feel the great outdoors without even leaving home! Registration with a Paso Robles library card is required for all participants by July 8 to receive craft kit materials and information about the ZOOM meetup. For ages 16+. 

Paper doll cutout of khaki uniform with red scarfPaso Robles Book Group Reads The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler
Wednesday, July 13, 6-7 pm
Library Conference Room

Across three generations and as many wars, this novel explores the ways boys become men and how even flawed men may stand as models for the young. The Hearts of Men is a sweeping, panoramic novel about the slippery definitions of good and evil, family and fidelity, the challenges and rewards of lifelong friendships, the bounds of morality - and redemption. This title is available in various formats through the catalog. Space is limited. Registration is required for all participants. For ages 16+.


Children's Classes & Events

Man, woman, animated underwater scene in backgroundTraveling Lantern presents Camp Ocean
Wednesday, July 13, 10 am
Library Conference Room
Mr. Sharky, your snaggle-toothed camp counselor, has planned fish-fact-filled voyage to the bottom of the sea. Learn the ropes: how to puff like a puffer fish, flop like a flounder and fence with a swordfish. You’ll search for buried treasure and dive into the mysteries of the ocean, and you might even earn a badge or two. All hands on deck as we get underway for a summer of fun! Free admission tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to program. 

Illustrated Gingerbread Man and young girlPyjama Drama presents The Read Adventures of Gingerbread Man
Wednesday, July 20, 10 am
Library Conference Room
Has no one ever asked where the Gingerbread Man was running to? During this action-packed one hour show, the audience will set off on an adventure to rescue the delicious Gingerbread Man from Fox and Little Old Lady. Can we deliver him safe and sound to Candy Land, where sugar falls from the sky like snow and Gingerbread girls and boys sleep safely in their cookie jars... Free admission tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to program. 

Man in silver vest talking to seated man with box over his headA-1 Talents presents Magician Jim Wilson 
Wednesday, July 27, 10 am, Library Conference Room
Do you love magic? So do we! Join us in welcoming Magician Jim Wilson to the Paso Robles City Library and prepare to be amazed! This comedy magic show is mind boggling, high energy and fun! Free admission tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to program. 


Weekly Children's Classes & Events for July

Mondays:  Animal Tales & Craft IN PERSON with Miss Frances, 2:30 pm, Story Room
Tuesdays: Try It Tuesday! kits available for pick-up to make at home         
Fridays: Toddler Story Time & Craft IN PERSON with Miss Cappy, 10:00 am, Story Room

Have you remembered to log your minutes for this month? 
The reading portion of the summer program ends July 31, but you can continue to enjoy Adult outdoor-themed classes and events through August!

AUGUST
Adult Classes & Events

Variety of colorful embroidered flowers, fruits, butterflies, ladybugsEmbroider a Summer Sampler         
Registration Deadline: August 10        
Zoom meetup: Wednesday, August 24, 6-7 pm        
Beginning and intermediate crafters will enjoy creating this month’s summer-themed embroidery project from DMC. In keeping with our Summer Reading Program theme Read Beyond the Beaten Path, this project depicts a sampling of summer fruits, flowers, and friendly insects. Practice coloring with thread using several stitch techniques to create your own version of this summer garden. Space is limited. Registration with a Paso Robles City library card is required for all participants by August 10 to receive craft kit materials and information about the Zoom meetup. For ages 16+.  

Four women holding hands walking on beachPaso Robles Book Group Reads The Clover Girls by Viola Shipman
Wednesday, August 17, 6-7 pm
Library Conference Room
Elizabeth, Veronica, Rachel, and Emily met at Camp Birchwood as girls in 1985, where over four summers they were the Clover Girls—inseparable for those magical few weeks of freedom—until the last summer that pulled them apart. Now grown women together again, they discover they are not the same idealistic, confident girls who once ruled Camp Birchwood. Perhaps some friendships aren’t meant to last forever . . . The title is available in various formats through the catalog. Space is limited. Registration is required for all participants. For ages 16+.

Two children's hands, one against book shelf, one against tree