By Jessica Murray
Deputies recommend the Santa Clarita Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for residents in the Santa Clarita Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station’s VIDA program for ‘at risk’ youths on the latest ‘Santa Clarita Sheriff Talk’ on KHTS AM-1220.
The VIDA, or Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives, program is an intensive 16-week program designed to help “at-risk” teens, defining those that qualify revealing “(poor) behavior and attitude…, disrespect for teachers and adults, bullying (tendencies)…, and poor grades,” according to Deputy Sarah Templeton from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station’s VIDA program.
The program teaches discipline to teen participants who make a commitment to the program three days a week by bringing in mentors, tutors and guest and motivational speakers.
Leaders of the program hope to get 40 participants and are conducting interviews with candidates from the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley for their next class, which is scheduled to take place on August 18.
To fill out an online application for the program, click here.
The library is partnering with the California Library Association to promote a seven-week, five-book reading program, scheduled to end on July 30th, that encourages participants to read at least five books throughout the summer and is full of enrichment activities for residents of all ages to participate in.
Participants log the books that they’ve read on the Santa Clarita Public Library’s computer system, which rewards them with digital badges, prizes and incentives.
“From babies and toddlers, we have programs with incentives and things that parents will do with their babies and toddlers to begin the process of introducing children to library reading, literacy at a very young age,” said Stacey Schlessinger of the Santa Clarita Public Library.
Adults can participate in the program’s bingo game to win a free cell phone case carrier and coupon to the Friends of the Library Bookstore for getting bingo, and complete the five-book reading challenge or get a “blackout” in the game to get an entry in a raffle, which typically includes a prize like an e-reader, according to Schlessinger.
Residents can sign up to participate in the remainder of the summer reading program online.
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