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Oakland Museum of California Announces 13th Annual Summer Reading Celebration, Featuring Popular Special Guest Clifford the Big Red Dog

(OAKLAND, CA) July 20, 2017—The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents the 13th Annual Summer Reading Celebration “Explore, Connect, & Grow” on Sunday, August 6 from 12–4 pm. Held in partnership with the Oakland Public Library, families are invited to enjoy a full afternoon of fun filled activities, including a meet and greet and photo op with special guest Clifford the Big Red Dog. A donation of $5 per person is suggested for the program.

Held in the Museum’s Gardens, kids will enjoy a range of events including a magic show with Dan Chan Presents, storytime with the Oakland Public Library, caricature drawing with Rad Sanza, games, a bounce house, face painting, zine and button making, and a special reading of The Princess Escape by 7-year-old author Sadiya Tyler-Laws.

“We’re so thrilled to be bringing this wonderful program back to the Museum for the 13th year,” says Cynthia Taylor, OMCA’s Associate Director of Public Engagement. “Each year, this event is a favorite within our community. It’s both educational and fun to celebrate literacy, and there’s no better place to enjoy a special day with the family than OMCA’s lush gardens in the summertime. Thank you to the Oakland Public Library and all of our partners who have helped make this event possible year after year, and congratulations to the youth completing the OPL Summer Reading Program!”

The schedule of events for the day includes:

12–4 pm:

12­–3:30 pm:

12:15 pm & 2:15 pm:

1 pm & 3 pm:

12:30 pm:

2:30 pm:

A donation of $5 per person is suggested for the Summer Reading Celebration. Contributions help OMCA provide access to other visitors in the community. The event is presented in partnership with the Oakland Public Library, City of Oakland Parks and Recreation, and California Historical Society. Additional supporters of the program include Fentons Creamery, William G. Gilmore Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Kenneth J. Rainin Foundation, and Union Pacific Foundation.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to being a welcoming and lively place for multi-generational Bay Area families to visit, learn, and engage through OMCA Family, with art activities, storytelling, and hands-on, drop-in projects throughout the Museum. OMCA’s other family-friendly offerings include free Family Guides to the Galleries available at ticketing desks, free activity Books & Blankets available for check-out anytime the Museum is open, and three large annual festivals: Lunar New Year in February, the Summer Reading Celebration in August with the Oakland Public Library, and the Days of the Dead Celebration in October. Free admission for children provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Lunar New Year Community Celebration is made possible in part by generous support from Macy’s and the Oakland Museum Women’s Board.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history, and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA’s groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California’s cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic, and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions. OMCA offers onsite underground parking and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the 1000 Oak Street main entrance to the Museum.