Ronald McDonald visits Carmel Valley Library program

Ronald McDonald visited the Carmel Valley Library on July 31 to put on a fun and educational show for kids. The show included magic and puppetry as the clown shared his excitement for reading and introduced kids to the concept of “Book Time,” the time set aside each day just to read.

“Books are our friends because they can teach us anything in the world that we want to know. Books are also our friends because they’re full of cool adventures,” the clown told a room full of children. “All we need to do to have an adventure is to open up the cover of a good story.”

The kids happily played along as McDonald showed how they could read a book with excitement, all the kids lending sound effects to his storytelling.

The show was part of the library’s summer reading program, which draws to a close this month. The remaining event for youngsters is an arts and crafts activity at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 15 where children can make a rainbow rain stick. While registration is not required, there is a 40 participant limit, and the craft is first-come, first-served.

The summer reading program concludes with an End of Summer Teen Party for ages 10 through 18 at 4 p.m. Aug. 19. The party will be an ice cream social with a raffle drawing.