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Let the Sunshine in


They’re sunny! They’re shiny! They’re the library’s good fortune

this summer, the Sunshine Readers!

The library is especially pleased this July and August to be


graced with the enthusiasm and talents of these young storytelling

sensations from the Laguna branch of the National Charity League. Led

by local shining star herself, Julia Johnson, the Sunshine Readers

present a fun and lively preschool story time at 11 a.m. each Tuesday


morning through Aug. 13. Be sure to make the library a weekly Tuesday

morning stop for the best in kid lit.

After being enthralled by our Sunshine Readers, we heartily

suggest a relaxing beachside lunch followed by a long siesta because

there’s more happening at the library on Tuesday evenings that you’ll

want to enjoy. At 7 p.m. uncover the mystery and magic of ancient

Egypt while attending “Tomb Raider’s Tuesday Evening Summer Reading



These programs are:

July 30 -- “Magic of Egypt: Secret of the Sphinx” with Cheryl

Redes. Travel up the Nile on an expedition with live animals to

unravel secrets of nature and ancient Egypt. Come prepared to

participate and have great fun.

Aug. 6 -- “Ancient Egyptian Mystery: the Source of all Knowledge”

featuring Ken and John Frawley. The Frawleys will search for replicas

of Ancient Egyptian artifacts from the tombs to discover the source


of all knowledge. The audience will participate in wonderful and

ageless stories of Africa and Arabia.

Aug. 13 -- “Comic Ventriloquist” featuring Joe Gandelman. This

Egyptian-themed show features lots of fun characters, comedy, music

and audience interaction. Come learn ventriloquism and puppetry

secrets from Jolly Joe. Last, but certainly not least, the library’s

Summer Reading Program, “Wrapped up in Reading,” invites all toddlers

through teens to sign up and earn a new, free paperback book for

every five hours of reading, up to 20 hours.

This summer it’s time to discover the ancient - and contemporary -

wonder of reading. It’s a spectacular, exciting treasure to be sure.

* MARIANNA HOF is the Laguna Beach branch librarian.