Victoria is a great place to raise your kids for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is our Victoria Public Library. If you're looking for summer activities for your kids, make sure you check out the Victoria Public Library.

The Victoria Public Library is offering a full slate of summer activities for children and teens, including the annual Summer Reading Program, which kicks off June 4 with a transportation petting zoo from 9 to 11 a.m. in the library parking lot at 302 N. Main St.

There will be face painting, games, a clown, llamas, a Blue Sky Initiative booth and several special vehicles for children to see up close and personal, including a neighborhood mail truck, police car, fire truck and a boat from the U.S. Coast Guard, says the Victoria Advocate.

"Get a Clue" is this year's Summer Reading Program theme and is open for toddlers through fifth grade. Children will receive reading logs to keep track of their reading time and will receive a library buck for every one hour of reading to redeem for prizes.

Various fun programs are being offered throughout the summer, such as crafts, storytelling, puppet shows, movies, music and games. Special performers include a storyteller and ventriloquist Margaret Clauder, Lucas Miller the singing zoologist, Victoria Bach Festival and the comedy magic of John O'Bryant.

The Summer Reading Program is also offered to teens in sixth through 12th grades. Teens will receive a library ticket for every hour of reading for chances in a weekly, monthly and grand prize drawing. Programs will feature gaming nights. It concludes with a gaming party and a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.

The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Victoria Public Library. Prize sponsors include Friends of the Library, the City of Victoria Parks and Recreation Department, Chick-fil-A, Casa Olé, Dairy Queen, Whataburger and Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent.

For more information and for a full calendar of summer activities, please contact the Victoria Public Library at 361-485-3302 or