Libraries to offer summer reading programs, prizes

From: Dylan Blaylock, Clackamas County Public & Government Affairs, 503-742-5917

 Media and Interested Parties

Starting in June, the Libraries in Clackamas County (LINCC) will offer summer reading programs for children of all ages at all 13 libraries located within the county. Most LINCC libraries also offer summer reading programs for adults.

Last year, more than 17,500 readers signed up for summer reading programs. From adult readers to babies being read to by a parent or sibling, everyone can register to keep track of their reading this summer.

"Summertime reading is the best way to make sure kids are entering school in September as smart as they were in June," said Andrea Milano, Youth Services Manager at Lake Oswego Public Library. "It offers families an opportunity to learn new things, to set and achieve goals, and to celebrate the joys of reading together."

When teenagers and younger children reach their reading goals, they can turn in their reading logs to receive a free book, a Portland Trail Blazers ticket, an Oregon State Fair ticket, and a coupon for Oaks Amusement Park. Young children also get a reward coupon for Lakeshore Learning for Kids. Adult programs vary by library but also include chances to win great prizes.

The libraries also offer many fun-filled events during the summer, including gaming parties for teenagers, movies and crafts. For younger children and families, magic shows, science events, puppet shows and juggling performances are among the scheduled activities along with weekly storytimes, which provide a wonderful opportunity to sing, listen and play at the library.

For more information about summer reading programs and libraries, contact your local library or visit LINCC online. Start dates for summer reading programs and library hours vary.

For general information about LINCC, members of the media and public may contact LINCC Member Services Librarian Kathryn Kohl at 503-723-4915.