Programming Ideas 2015

Read to the Rhythm

PowerPoint presentations from the summer 2015 Read to the Rhythm training workshop. Presentations and ideas were developed by California Summer Reading Challenge advisory council members.

Please download the files for ideas for your 2015 summer reading program and for local summer reading training sessions at your library.

Decorating and display ideas (7.7MB)

Ideas for early childhood programs (2.5MB)

Ideas for children and tween programs (5MB)

Ideas for teen programs (5.2MB)

Ideas for adult programs (270KB)

Ideas for altruistic programs (1.4MB)

Read to the Rhythm, Rock to the Rhythm

Vine Video Making

Music-Themed Film Programming Ideas from Movie Licensing USA: Host a music-themed film screening as part of your Read to the Rhythm events. Visit the Movie Licensing iREAD page for lots of great programming ideas.

Read to the Rhythm Public Service Announcement.

The AccuCut website features 2015 iREAD die cuts and dies.

Read to the Rhythm, Rock to the Rhythm

Make community giving a part of your Read to the Rhythm summer programming. Join libraries across the state and host a live music event at your library. As part of your event, select a local or national music program/organization partner; consider a local school music department, a community orchestra, or one of many national organizations that provide music services to communities in need. Use your performance to highlight the great work and needs of your partner organization. If your library policy allows, collect donations for your partner organization at your music event. Your Rock to the Rhythm events can not only serve to bring a wonderful live music experience to your library customers, but can raise awareness of the great work and needs of a music nonprofit of your library’s choosing, as well as highlight the transformative power of music!

Event Ideas:

  • Invite a local music group, choir, high school jazz band or marching band, to perform at the library. Spark the interest of young library users to become involved with music programs in their schools
  • Host a Charity-oke (a Karaoke fundraiser) for your music partner organization
  • Have your Teen Advisory Council plan a summer concert at the library for community teens
  • Host a used musical instrument collection drive for a music organization in need
  • Feature music themed books and the library’s music collection at the event

Partner Ideas:

  • Select a local school music program, community orchestra or local music nonprofit as your partner.
  • Musicians On Call benefits individuals in hospital settings with on site musical performances.
  • Guitars Not Guns is a music education program to benefit kids at risk.
  • MusicCorps is a music education program to benefit veterans.
  • Save the Music Foundation works to expand music education in public schools.
  • Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation collects and refurbishes lightly worn musical instruments for music programs in need.
  • The Manilow Music Project donates instruments and materials to public school music programs in need.
  • Acoustic For A Change is a Southern California based organization that collects gently used instruments for distribution to local after-school programs and provides free live entertainment for charity fundraisers.

Become a Participating Library

Please let us know if you’ll be taking part so we can feature your library and community partnerships on CLA’s Summer Reading Challenge website. Send the following information as you have it:

  • The name(s) of the library branch(es) that will be hosting a Rock to the Rhythm music performance and the name(s) of your community partner(s).
  • A link to your photos if you post photos of your event(s) to your favorite photo-sharing site, library website, or Facebook page. We will add your link to the CLA website for others to enjoy.

Please join us and let us know you if you will be taking part. Email Trish Garone, CLA Programs Associate, at

Participating Libraries & Events

Altadena Library District
Bob Lucas Branch, Jack & The Beanstalk: The Puppet Musical (Noteworthy Puppets), June 30th
Bob Lucas Branch, Patrick Bell’s Opera Kadabra! July 21st
Main Library, Jack & The Beanstalk: The Puppet Musical (Noteworthy Puppets), June 30th
Main Library, Life at Sea in the Age of Sail: A Musical Picture of Maritime California, July 20th
Main Library, Patrick Bell’s Opera Kadabra! July 21st
Main Library, Bluesman Brother Yusef, July 24th
Benicia Public Library
Benicia Public Library, Amy Liz, July 7th
Butte County Library
Chico Branch Library, Carla Shryock – Kindermusik, June 9th, 10th and 12th
Chico Branch Library, Uni & Her Ukulele, June 11th
Chico Branch Library, Nikola Clay – Dance Around the World, July 2nd
Chico Branch Library, Adam Miller – Folksinger & Storyteller, July 16th
Camarillo Public Library
T J Zeiler, June 9th
Ventucky String Band, June 14th
One World Rhythm, June 17th
J P Nightingale, June 24th
Dan Crow’s Musical Concoctions, July 15th
Craig Newton, July 22nd
Kimera, July 26th
Dave Winstone, July 29th
Westlake Symphony, August 19th
Corona Public Library
California Rocks SRP Kick-Off Concert Celebrating CA Rock and Roll, June 6th
Guitarist Amy Hite and Soprano Marisa De Silva; Broadway Show Themes, Standards and Spanish Selections, June 22nd
Marcus Miller percussionist; Around the World with Drums, July 17th
Joseph Beck steel drums; Calypso & Caribbean Music, July 24th
Escondido Public Library
Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew, June 18th
Gold Hill: an interactive musical concert by FiddleGirl Celia Lawley, June 23rd
Hand Drumming for teens, June 24th
FiddleGirl Celia Lawley “Meet the Instruments”, June 25th
Folklorico Mexican Folk Dance and Music, June 27th
One World Rhythm, July 9th
Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi (klezmer music), July 11th
Ken Frawley Animal Tales & Musical Scales, July 16th
Nicole Burns, Katya Brown, and alt rock band Triceratropical (featuring local teens)
July 18th
Hula Basics (featuring traditional Hawaiian music and dancing), July 25th
Escondido’s Got Talent Show, July 29th
Neave Trio Chamber Music, August 8th
Humboldt County LIbrary
McKinleyville Public Library, Azalea Hall, Japanese Folk Music and Dancing, June 19th
McKinleyville Public Library, Azalea Hall, Middle Eastern Folk Music and Dancing, July 24th
McKinleyville Public Library, Azalea Hall, Folk Music and Dancing from the United Kingdom, August 21st
Mountain View Public Library
Instant Harmony with Daniel Steinberg and the World Harmony Chorus, June 20th
Pipe and Drums with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Pipe Band, June 23rd
Boomerang Barbershop Quartet, July 7th
Mountain View Buddhist Temple Taiko Drummers, July 11th
Listen and Discuss Americana with Herb  Moore, July 15th
Global Drums with David DiLullo, July 21st
Campfire Songs for Grown-Ups, July 29th
Elm Street Band plays Old Time, Ragtime, and  Bluegrass in the Park, August 8th
Santa Clara Vanguard’s Big Band, August 29th
Sing and Play Along Ukulele, June 22, July 27, August 24th
Ontario City Library
Ontario Town Square, Read to the Rhythm Summer Finale! with One World Rhythm, August 3rd
Placer County LIbrary
Granite Bay Library, Musical Robot, July 23rd
Riverside County Library System
Glen Avon Regional Library, Kids Rock Free and the Fender Museum Concert, June 16th
Home Gardens Library, Home Gardens Got Talent, July 30th
Norco Library, The Rockstars of Tomorrow, July 30th
Perris Library, Cielito Lindo Ballet Folklorico, July 7th
Perris Library, One World Rhythm, August 4th
Thousand Palms Library, Chazz African Drumming and Rhythms,  August 5th
Woodcrest Elementary School,  Chazz African Drumming and Rhythms, July 21st
Riverside Public Library,
Downtown Library Auditorium, Jonathan Friedman Performance and Book Discussion, July 9, 16, and 23rd
Sacramento Public LIbrary
North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library,  Readin’, Rappin’ and Riddim with Fenix Drum and Dance Company, July 17th
Santa Clara City LIbrary
Central Park Library, Live Piano Music, June 6th
Central Park Library, Movie Sing-A-Long: Sound of Music, June 14th
Central Park Pavillion, Alison Faith Levy & Big Time Tot Rock Band, June 15th
Central Park Library, Movie Sing-A-Long: Grease, June 21st
Central Park Pavillion, Alphabet Rockers, June 22nd
Central Park Pavillion, Prairie Rose Band, June 29th
Central Park Library, Santa Clara Chorale Performance, June 29th
Central Park Library, Song, Lyrics & You, June 30, July 7, July 14th
Central Park Pavillion, Silicon Valley Korean School Dance & Music, July 13th
Mission Branch, Bay Area Hula Dance & Music, June 17th
Mission Branch, Peter Apel, July 15th
Northside Branch, Mister Q, July 11th
Santa Clarita Public Library
Santa Clarita Public Library, Newhall Park,Summer Reading Program Music Jamboree Finale featuring LA band The Terns, July 25th
Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Kuuwumba Jazz Center, Homegrown: The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men, and Sugar by the Pound. A benefit concert in celebration of the first anniversary of SCPL’s SoundSwell Local Music Collection, June 14th

Please contact CLA Programs Associate, Trish Garone, at

Read to the Rhythm, Rock to the Rhythm!