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The San Diego Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program kicked off Friday to promote reading at every age and literacy level.

Last year more than 38,000 people participated in the popular program, which runs from June 1 to Aug. 1.

This year’s theme — Reading Takes You Everywhere — is intended to demonstrate how books serve as vehicles to distant lands, new worlds, ancient history and more.

The program offers five age categories: babies and toddlers (ages 0 to 2), pre-readers (ages 3 to 5), kids (ages 6 to 11), teens (ages 12 to 17) and adults (ages 18 and up).

To complete the program, children must read 10 complete books while teens and adults must log 10 hours of reading. Participants who turn in their completed summer reading log can choose from a range of prizes including museum passes, meal vouchers and gift certificates to the Library Shop.

Library patrons can participate by registering online and viewing the reading recommendations at or by visiting any of the 36 City of San Diego Library locations.