Libraries are hot; the “in” thing. Central Coast libraries offer seemingly endless programs—we’re talking free entertainment, story times, reading programs, enrichment classes, and of course free books. Here is a sprinkling of what’s happening. For a complete list of branches and activities log onto slolibrary.org or call 781-5775.
Adult Summer Reading Featuring the theme: “Water Your Mind at the Library—Read.” Ages 18 and up will read 10 items in suggested categories through Aug. 21. Prizes will be given. Several branches are participating. Info: 473-7165 or slolibrary.org.
Arroyo Grande Summer Shows Families can enjoy free summer entertainment on Wednesdays at the South County Regional Center. Shows include: June 23: Banana Slugs String Band, June 30: Magic of Gerald Joseph, July 7: Tom Knight Puppet Show, July 14: Music of Craig Newton, July 21: Music of Cuba/Sonando, and teens can join Manga drawing legend Irene Flores on July 28 for drawing lessons. South County Regional Center, 800 W. Branch. Info: 473-7163 or slolibrary.org/Events.
Atascadero Library Events Family members of all ages can enjoy free summer entertainment this summer on Thursdays at the Atascadero Colony Park Community Center. July 8: Tom Knight Puppet Show, July 15: Music of Craig Newton, July 22: Music of Oaxaca/Sonando, July 29: Learn to drum with Dean Giles, and family Pajama Storytime happens through July 28 from 6:30-7pm and includes stories, songs and more with special teen guest readers each week. Come dressed in your pajamas at the Atascadero Public Library, located at 6580 Morro Road in Atascadero. Info: 461-6163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Shows at the Nipomo Library Every other Thursday includes free family entertainment. July 8: Learn to Drum with Dean Giles, July 22: Music of Don Norton. 918 W. Teft St. Info: 929-3994 or slolibrary.org/Events.
Library Free Family Shows in Los Osos. July 9: Learn to Drum with Dean Giles, July 16: kids’ theater with Karen Garman, July 23: music of Oaxaca/Sonando. South Bay Community Center, 2180 Palisades Avenue in Los Osos. Info: 528-4737 or slolibrary.org/Events.
Summer Reading Program Family Show in SLO. Join the San Luis Obispo Library for the following free shows, for kids of all ages: July 14: the rocking sounds of Craig Newton, July 21: Sonando performs live, July 28: Magic of Shawn McMaster. These events are held in the SLO Library Community Room in connection with the Make a Splash Summer Reading Program. San Luis Obispo Library, 995 Palm St. Info: 781-5775 or slolibrary.org/Events.