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Does your school rule? Again this year readers will be grouped into teams to compete for the most time read throughout the summer (more info coming soon for the adult teams). 

ADULTS: we again are forming adult teams to record summer reading! More info here on adult teams - round up your civic organization or your coworkers!

Seeking TEEN volunteers: stuffed animal sleepover camp counselors!

teddy bear sitting before a tent in the woods, with the moon in the sky

HELP WANTED: camp counselors!

We’re looking for teen volunteers to help with the younger kids’ Stuffed Animals Sleepover. Apply by Friday, June 30 to be chosen to help with this event - download the application information here.

You must be available to spend time with staff after the library closes (from 5 pm to approximately 7 pm on July 14) creatively staging adventures and photographing how the animals were entertained “all night.”

Build your entertainment skills for baby-sitting or bring your tech talent to showcase the pictures of all the activities!


Library CLOSED on July 4th

fireworks exploding superimposed over an American flag image

The library will be CLOSED Tuesday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.

You may return items in our entry way drop boxes, and no fines will be assessed for the day the library is not open.

We will be open our regular service hours the rest of the week. THANKS!

Kennel quilts and Grady's retirement party

Grady the READ dog watching a summer library performer in 2012, Build a better world

All ages are welcome to join us to benefit local animals on Wednesday, July 12 at the library.

Starting at 3 pm, we're hosting a fun ALL-AGES send-off into retirement for our favorite R.E.A.D. dog Grady! Join us for refreshments and tail wags as we bid Grady a happy retirement. He and Maureen have been a popular literacy team, and many of you will remember reading to him at the schools or at the library. Adults, teens, and kids of all ages are invited to participate in this party and community-building event.

Then, stay for a fun craft project that’s helping to Build a Better World - make a kennel quilt for animals with sewing instructor Maday Delgado. All you need is the willingness to bring a little comfort to an animal. We'll provide the supplies and teach you the simple sewing skills you need. We’ll send finished projects to Columbia Co. Humane Society and Lodi Vet for Second Chance animals.

Then starting at 6:30 pm, we're inviting adults to help with the same kennel quilt project during a special charity night at Artful Adults!

Form a team for the run walk!

Endangered resources: bees, water, LIBRARIES

This annual fundraiser by the Friends of the Lodi Public Library and Activate Lodi begins at 8 am Saturday, August 12 at the Lodi Elementary School. 

Register on the Friends of the Lodi Library website or pick up a brochure at the library.

NEW THIS YEAR: gather your friends, coworkers, community organization, and family and FORM A TEAM! Let's make this a fun way to spend time with friends and make a difference in our community. Special prizes for largest team, best show of spirit, and more.

This run walk is not only a long-standing Lodi tradition, it's also a much-needed fundraiser for our Lodi Public Library. The truth is, libraries need your help more than ever. (Please see the run walk brochure for more information)

new "book finder" app for teens

smartphone showing the homepage of YALSA teen book finder app

There's a new FREE smartphone app for young adult literature lovers!

The Teen Book Finder app links into an online database created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).  It's a fun, on-the-go tool for anyone who loves teen literature, providing access to nearly 4,000 titles that have been recognized with YALSA awards or on their title lists. The app is available for both Android and iOS.

App features include:

  • homepage features three titles, refreshed daily
  • search by author, title, award/list year, genre, by award, and by book list
  • the Find It! button helps locate a title in a nearby library
  • a Favorites button to create your own booklist
  • share to Twitter and Facebook

FREE audiobook downloads for TEENS

Have you tried an audiobook? Because it's a fun way to do some required read while you're also exercising, crafting, cleaning, and more. Give it a try and enhance your summer by participating in SYNC - a teen audiobook campaign that features title pairs of high-interest books based on a weekly theme.

Aimed at teens age 13 and older, SYNC 2017 is giving away 32 titles — two paired audiobook downloads each week, ending August 16th. Check out the calendar of releases and the complete list of exciting audiobook titles from award-winning authors such as Daniel José Older, M.T. Anderson, Franz Kafka, Ruta Sepetys, and Nikki Grimes. There's no wait list - titles are available for immediate download and the files never expire. 

To get notice each time new titles are available, sign up for email or text alerts by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. The SYNC program is a project of AudioFile Magazine in partnership with OverDrive and audiobook publishers.

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