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Summer@yourCityLibrary begins June 11 with reading incentives, new activities and free lunches
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (May 10, 2018) -- The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is offering a summer filled with reading, learning and lots of fun for both kids and adults.  The Summer@yourCityLibrary campaign includes a summer reading program that encourages the entire family to read with incentivized programs, unlimited free events and activities for all ages, and nutritious free lunches for kids and teens.  The seven-week program takes place June 11 – July 31 with a multitude of new activities, lectures, classes, games and more.  The library is the perfect summer destination for family staycation days, rainy days with kids, gatherings with friends, or quality time with grandparents, offering an endless array of learning and fun for everyone.
Summer Reading Program
To keep kids from falling into the dreaded “summer slide,” the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach makes reading a priority so local students can keep up and even advance in their schooling.  To help kids exercise this brain muscle during the summer, the library invites kids and teens (preschool through high school) to read for exciting prizes.  By keeping a reading log with the recommended reading times, kids and teens will receive a free best-selling book each week and be entered into a weekly gift card drawing.  
Adults can also get in on summer reading and enter for their own weekly gift card prizes.  The library encourages adults to model this important behavior for the children in the lives.  And those who are kid-free can start a book club with friends or meet other booklovers through the program.
The free gift books for the Summer Reading program are donated by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation, which supports the vital and valued community programming at the library.  The foundation will give away over 1600 books this summer and encourages kids to keep these books and start a personal library that will foster a love of reading for years to come.
The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach will also offer dozens of popular and new activities and programs to engage kids, teens and adults.  There are endless areas to explore including art, fitness, science, dance, crafting, technology, music, history, plus summer academies for kids of all ages.  Exciting new programs being offered this summer include:
-          Art Lab
-          Summer Break Indoor Soccer
-          Hip-Hop for Kids
-          Mad Science! Be a STEAMologist
-          Kids Can Code
-          Dog Tales
-          Summer Academy: Kindergarten Prep, 3rd Grade FSA Prep, and Grades 1-5 Tutoring
Teens / Young Adults
-          Smartphone Photography Club
-          Be a YouTube Star
-          Game On
-          Square One Spoken Word Workshop
-          Who Do You Think You Are? Genealogy Series
-          Social Media 101
-          Jazz Immersion Workshop
-          Wine Glass Painting
-          Learn to Tango
Additional activities include family storytime, play dates, arts and crafts, movies, games, video games, technology classes and so much more.  For a complete schedule of Summer@yourCityLibrary classes and programs, visit: wpbcitylibrary.org
Free Meals for Kids/Teens
The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, in partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County, is bringing back free meals for kids and teens when school lunches are not available.  During the summer the library becomes an official Summer BreakSpot and offers FREE nutritious lunches and snacks during their summer program to kids and teens ages 18 and under.  The free meals program helps to eliminate barriers so all members of the public can enjoy and access important library services.  The lunches and snacks are offered on weekdays, June 5 – July 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor in Kidspace.  This program is sponsored by the USDA Summer Food Service Program.
Free E-Books, Music and Movies at Home:
For those without a ride, planning a trip, or having trouble trekking it downtown on a particular day, the library provides free access to thousands of e-books, movies, music and much more that can be checked out digitally.  Using the library’s hoopla and CloudLibrary apps, cardholders can access materials 24/7 on their desktop, mobile devices, or TV.   Best of all, all items checked out will be automatically returned…that means no late fees!
For more information about Summer@yourCityLibrary at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, please visit the library website at wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.  The Summer@yourCityLibrary program is made possible with the generous support of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation, the FRIENDS of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, and a grant from the Morse Hill Foundation.
About the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach
Founded in 1895, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach has evolved from a modest Reading Room along the waterfront to an innovative and cutting edge facility located in the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach. The Mandel Public Library provides a wide range of programming for kids, teens, and adults focused on creating inspired lives by connecting people with information and ideas. Today, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach welcomes over half a million visitors annually and loans over 800,000 items to 100,000+ library cardholders.  For more information, visit mycitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7700.