The Newport Beach Public Library's Summer Reading Program begins on Saturday and there's going to be plenty of events for the estimated 2,600 children — about the same number as last year — who are expected to participate.
The response among parents already has been so high that all of its four branches could not accommodate all the children, said Katherine Mielke, a spokeswoman for the library.
Two events have been added to the schedules of the Central and Mariners branches.
"The program," Mielke said, "encourages children to read during the summer and visit the library weekly to pick up new books and attend the special programs."
Registration begins for children, adults and teenagers on Saturday morning at all branches.
The first event starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. The Wildlife Company will bring live animals and exotic insects to the library, a first in a series of shows that will appear all three branches over the course of the summer. A second session follows at noon.