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Then & Now: By Rhonda DeHaan
Then & Now: By Rhonda DeHaan

By Rhonda DeHaan

On June 1, the San Juan Capistrano Library held its biggest-ever World Wide Knit and Crochet Day. Not only did a record number of families participate, 653 items were collected for charities—more than ever before.

The Yarnover Truck drew people from as far away as San Diego. They came for the truck and stayed for the fun. Thank you to all of the volunteers from the Friends of the Library whose hard work helped make this event such a wonderful success.

With school out for the summer, there’s extra time to enjoy more activities at the library.

Reading to a Dog with BARK continues to be one of the most popular programs at the library, where children read to very special, licensed therapy dogs. Free to read aloud without fear of judgment, children learn to enjoy the experience of reading. Dogs from BARK will be visiting San Juan Capistrano Library every other Thursday at 3 p.m. The first visit was June 13, and the program will continue through Aug. 22.

The San Juan Capistrano Library joins libraries across the nation in this year’s Summer Reading Program.  From June 17 through July 28, children of all ages are invited to stop in to pick up a reading log and win prizes for reading.

The San Juan Capistrano Library is excited to again offer Lunch at the Library. From June 17 through August 1, Monday through Thursday, noon to 1 p.m., Capistrano Unified School District will be serving lunch free of charge to those aged 18 and under. There is no registration required, but participants are encouraged to enjoy the library, get a library card and join the Summer Reading Program.

Families won’t want to miss these special programs scheduled during June and July. Join the fun Tuesdays at 1 p.m. for a cartooning class, a magician, an animal show and more.

  • June 18: Cartoon Workshop with Dave Boatman
  • June 25: One World Rhythm
  • July 2: Christopher T. Magician
  • July 9: Pacific Animal Productions
  • July 16: Fantastick Patrick
  • July 23: Bubblemania

For more about these and other activities, go online to, or stop in the Library to pick up an events calendar. The friendly staff is always happy to see you.

Rhonda DeHaan enjoys learning about San Juan Capistrano and its history, sharing fun photographic finds along the way. She is a proud mother of two, a freelance writer and a member of the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society Board of Directors. She is also serving her eighth year as member of the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission.

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