Sacramento Public Library

What You Missed in June

Library-produced TV series wins an award, new homeless outreach worker, and lots of Summer Reading.

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Sacramento Public Library’s “Valley to Vietnam” video series was awarded “Best New Series” at Access Sacramento’s annual membership and awards meeting June 20. Here are series creator/director/interviewer James Scott, and producers Gerry Ward and India Curry.
Novelist and memoirist Joyce Maynard was the guest of the Bee Book Club and the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria on May 29. She dished with the Bee’s Al Pierleoni about parenthood and having films made from her books “To Die For” and “Labor Day.”
Sacramento Kings mascot Slamson—shown here with Samantha Lovell, 7—was the guest of honor at the Summer Reading Kickoff at the Elk Grove Library on June 4. The Kings are also a major partner in Summer Reading, donating $25,000 plus 40,000 tickets for people who sign up.

SPL welcomed a new homeless outreach worker in June. Leila Mendez, right, takes the place of Crystal Richardson, who left to take a new job with Loaves & Fishes after three years working at the Central Library.  Working with Leila is Maddie Peterson, a Sacramento State intern with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership.
Our Read to a Dog programs are a popular way to get kids comfortable with reading out loud. But did you know some dogs can read back? No you didn’t, because it’s not true. But we couldn’t resist running this photo of Golden Retrievers Breezy and Hannah from Patty Lundquist, who volunteers with Read to a Dog events at the Fair Oaks and the South Natomas Libraries.


Maggie and Clair McGrath look skeptically at a horse during the “Hoofin’ It at the Library” Summer Reading Kickoff at the Rio Linda Library on June 14.

Its summer in Sacramento…and that means ice cream. Here’s Rohan Katakam enjoying the Summer Reading Ice Cream Social at the North Natomas Library on June 7. Did we mention that more than 60 of you showed up at the Central Library on June 24 to see ice cream cookbook author Jeni Britton Bauer?
Matthew, 9, and Patrick Schroeder, 10, pose with Scooter, the mascot of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality District.

Katherine Ly, 16 (left), with her reading buddies, Betzabe and Noemi Ayala, 8 and 6. Reading Buddies is a program at the Arden-Dimick Library that pairs a teen “big buddy” with two “little buddies” to help them work on early literacy skills.

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