Did someone die here?


No. It’s just the new San Leandro Adult Summer Reading program in full swing this afternoon.

Every Wednesday, the library staff have been holding drawings to reward adults who read the most.

The theme of the program is “Summer Sleuths,” and in just the third week, 158 people have already signed up, said Senior Librarian Bill Sherwood.

“Adult summer reading programs are sort of a new phenomenon,” Sherwood says, adding that San Leandro’s library program is only one of three in the Bay Area. “So we’re excited about that.”

Today, Audrey Campbell was the lucky winner, and her prize included a $25 Starbucks gift card. Although she wasn’t present, the jolly library staff gathered around their “crime scene” in the lobby — which included “poison gas” green balloons, police tape and an actual chalk line (nobody died during the making of it) — to present the prize.

Apparently, the program is really catching on among San Leandro residents.

“There’s no Catch 22,” says librarian Lori Hitchcock. “This is really to encourage people to come to the library and support the program.”

For more information, call (510) 577-3971.