The Madera County Library launched an annual program this week to promote reading among children and teenagers over the summer. Three of its five branches have already started the program, which is themed “Reading is so delicious,” while those remaining are set to begin next week.
At the Madera County Library headquarters, children gathered for a picnic and story time Wednesday and on Thursday singer and storyteller Steve Riley performed before about 50 children and adults. Riley, an Oakhurst resident, engaged the children in song and drew cartoons.
“It was a lot of fun. I like it when you get a bunch of kids together, the energy is good because the kids just laugh and want to have a good time,” said Riley.
He is the author and illustrator of children’s books based in the San Joaquin Valley. Riley also showed attendees his early sketches of places in Yosemite National Park and sold copies of his books and illustrations after his performance...