Adventure and arm-chair time travel are the themes for the Hesperia library's upcoming summer reading program for children, "Excavate Something Big." It's scheduled to take place on Tuesdays from June 10 through July 29 and will feature books and activities about dinosaurs and their fascinating history.


According to the library's branch manager, Chelsea Lyons, the subject of this year's program was inspired by the STEM Education Coalition. The organization works to raise awareness in Congress about the critical rote that science, technology, engineering and mathematics play in building strong and skilled leaders for the nation's future.


"It's important for kids to know how the Earth developed and dinosaurs were a big part of that," said Lyons. "We are presenting this type of education in a way that is not only fun but interactive."


"Excavate Something Big" will officially kick off at 10 a.m. June 10. Children must be accompanied by a guardian to sign up for the program, which involves independently reading books and then checking in during business hours on Tuesdays to report their progress.


Lyons says youngsters can earn a variety of prizes based on how many books they've read and how many pages or minutes they've read. She expects they will be enthralled with the library's large selection of titles having to do with prehistoric creatures, as well as other themed books about super heroes and fairy princesses.


"When the kids sign up, they decide on their weekly goal," said Lyons. "If they meet the goal, they can come in and spin our prize wheel to win something. We have tons of prizes like books, book markers, puzzles, toys and more."


Along with the prize incentives, "Excavate Something Big" also will feature a lineup of children's performers to include everything from puppeteers and storytellers to wild life lecturers and Native American dancers. There also will be crafts and other activities on program days.


"The great thing about the activities is that they are a draw to get kids to come to the library," said Lyons. "Once they are here, they become interested in the books."


Along with the reading program, the library offers an adult book club, movie nights and story time for young children. It also has over five dozen computers, which are available to the general public.


"There's so much going on here all the time because we want to encourage everyone, not just children, to read more," said Lyons. "As far as I can tell, there's still a great interest in books and in fact, we circulate a lot more of them versus the computer time being used. It's great to know everyone is still reading."


The Hesperia library is located at 9650 Seventh Ave. For more information, call 760-244-4898 or visit www.sbclib.org.