Library summer reading programs starting up

Starting in June, the Libraries in Clackamas County (LINCC) will offer summer reading programs for children and teens of all ages. Most LINCC libraries also offer summer reading programs for adults.

Last year, more than 18,000 readers signed up for programs. From adult readers to babies being read to, everyone can register to keep track of their reading this summer.

“Summer reading helps children develop positive attitudes about reading and the library in general,” said Nick Rhodeside, Youth Services Librarian at the Oak Lodge Library. “Even reluctant readers get drawn in by exciting library events and new discoveries. Summer reading is also essential – it helps prevent summer learning loss and better prepares children for the next school year.”

There are great prizes for participants. When teenagers or younger children reach their reading goals, they can receive a free book, a Portland Trail Blazers ticket, an Oregon State Fair ticket, and a coupon for Oaks Amusement Park. Adult programs vary by library but also include chances to win prizes.

The libraries also are offering many fun-filled events during the summer, including after-hours teen events, game nights and outdoor concerts. For younger children and families, there are puppet shows, jugglers, reptiles, and more.

For more information about summer reading programs and libraries, residents are encouraged to contact their local libraries or visit LINCC online. Start dates for summer reading programs vary by branch, but many begin tomorrow, June 1.

In March, 14-year old West Linn resident Lexie Ng was announced as the winner of LINCC’s second annual Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest. Ng’s piece exemplified this year’s theme of Build a Better World. The artwork, below, is featured in LINCC’s summer reading program materials such as posters, forms, fliers and social media posts.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Dylan Blaylock at 503-742-5917.