Started in 2004, Summer Reading Program provides funds to the Whittier Public Library to help promote literacy and the love of reading in children. The Summer Reading Club’s themes, requirements, games, and activities are planned by the library. Assistance League committee members assist library staff throughout the summer and attend the special events. In the summer programs, a ventriloquist, an animal magician, and a puppet show are part of the festivities. In addition, Assistance League provided funds for the activities and booths at the summer party at our local Parnell Park. Assistance League of Whittier committee members wrapped over 1,900 hot dogs for the summer-end picnic event. Over 1,783 participants read a total of  22,365 books in the 2017 Summer Reading Program. There were five performances for the “Read to Me Club” and a show for the “Stride Club,” a group of Special Needs Adults.