Be sure to pad, scamper or "roll over" to your local library this summer, because it's time to unleash "Paws to Read," Contra Costa County Library's Summer Reading Festival from June 14-Aug. 23. Sniff out incredible stories and wild events taking place all over the county, or simply curl up in a nice sunny spot to enjoy a good book!

Imaginations will be on the prowl with Kids' Summer Reading, as children ages 2 through fifth grade lap up exciting books, fun crafts and entertaining performances. Students in the sixth through 12th grade can sink their teeth into howling good prizes and activities with Teen Reading.

Parents and caregivers of babies from birth to 2 years can help their little honey bunnies earn prizes with early literacy-building Baby Reading activities. Adults, you don't have to sit and stay. Join the pack and complete an Adult Reading book review (available in libraries or online at ccclib.org) for a chance to win a Booklover's Bag and countywide prizes.

Here's a rundown of upcoming events:

Children and families

  • Bookmarks with Lakeshore Learning at the Antioch Library: 3 to 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 11. Let's get ready for summer reading by making some extra cool bookmarks. Lakeshore Learning will be on hand with tons of fun stuff to create your summer bookmarks.

  • Crafts for Animal Lovers 10 and up at the Brentwood Library: 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 11. Kick off "Paws to Read" Summer Reading with "awwwww-some" crafts. Space is limited; register online at ccclib.org/programs. Held inside the library.

  • Oakley Summer Craft Camp for Kids and Teens at the Oakley Library: 4-4:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 18. Make a craft reminiscent of summer camp days. For this program, we will be creating refrigerator magnets with mod podge, paper, flat glass beads and magnets. Supplies provided. Make and take.

  • Read to a Dog at the Oakley Library: 10:30-11:45 a.m. Saturday, June 21. Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a dog from H.A.L.O. Angel Ears Therapy Dogs. Sign up for a 10- to 15-minute session. Walk-ins as space permits. For children 6-13 years old.

  • Storytime with special guests from the Lindsay Wildlife Museum at the Pittsburg Library: 1 to 1:45 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Enjoy a story time with special animal guests from the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Sponsored by the Pittsburg Women's Community League.

  • Kids Movie Saturday at the Oakley Library: 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Come watch "The Lego Movie".

  • Give a Hoot with the East Bay Regional Park District at the Antioch Library: 3-3:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 25. Do you have questions about owls? Ever wanted to dissect their droppings to see what they eat? East Bay Regional Park District personnel will be on-site to show some owl specimens and share some great info and activities.

  • A.R.F. Dog Training Tips at the Brentwood Community Center: 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 25. Does Chester chew? Is Toby a terror? The Animal Rescue Foundation shows you how to communicate with your best friend.

    Teens

  • Teen Monthly Movie Night at the Antioch Library: 6-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 17. Join us once again for the Teen Monthly Movie Night. Tonight's never-ending feature brings the story of a young native boy and a lucky dragon who team up to save a young empress.

    Adults

  • Five Reasons to Explore a Vegetarian Diet at the Brentwood Library: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7. Come to the Brentwood Library and learn why it pays to become a vegetarian. Perfect for a Saturday morning after shopping at the Farmers Market.

  • Friends of the Antioch Library Book Sale at the Antioch Library: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 6 and 12-5 p.m. Saturday, June 7.

    Liz Fuller is the Senior Community Library Manager at the Brentwood Library, and can be reached at 925-516-5294 or lfuller@ccclib.org.

  • Brentwood Open Mic at the Brentwood Community Center: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 12. Read your own work or share a special poem, short story or excerpt (nthing insulting or abusive.) Limit submissions to five minutes, please. For further information or questions, email Kati at shortkati@yahoo.com or call 925-634-6655. Hosted by Brentwood Poet Laureate Kati Short and Brentwood Writes (an adjunct of the Brentwood Art Society) in partnership with the Brentwood Library.

    Liz Fuller is the Senior Community Library Manager at the Brentwood Library, and can be reached at 925-516-5294 or lfuller@ccclib.org.