Summer Reading starts June 16, and you’re invited!

Summer Reading

Students across Multnomah County will receive a Summer Reading gameboard at their school before summer vacation begins. To participate, players keep track of the time they read, are read to, listen to audiobooks, or complete gameboard activities. Players can earn books, coupons, a Summer Reading T-shirt and other prizes. Summer Reading is free, and youth who finish the game will be entered into the grand prize drawing.

Family wearing Summer Reading shirts, holding books, at library

Summer Reading gameboards are available in English and Spanish, with instructions for the game available in Russian, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Youth can also play online using Beanstack or by downloading the mobile Beanstack app.

The Summer Reading program includes an array of fun, free online events for children, teens and families. Enjoy summer time stories, music, crafts, magic and other activities this summer. Plus, it’s possible your student already has access to the library through the Library Connect program! The Library Connect program allows students to have instant access to books, online resources, movies, music, and more. 

Summer Reading is supported by gifts to The Library Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to enhancing our library's leadership, innovation and reach through private support. Learn more about the Summer Reading program in this fun video.


Summer Reading volunteers will be back in person at the library this summer. Volunteers explain the Summer Reading game to youth and their families, help youth select prizes, and more. There are still library locations with volunteer spots available. The volunteer application lists what library locations still have volunteer openings. Apply by June 10.

Are you a teen who loves Summer Reading, but would rather volunteer from home? Become a Summer Reading Promoter. Share your love of Summer Reading while earning volunteer hours. Do chalk art, create Summer Reading posters, share information about Summer Reading through social media, and more! Learn more and apply

Person wearing summer reading shirt at library

Read 4 Life

Adults can play too! Beginning June 16, pick up a Read 4 Life gameboard at your local library, or sign up to play online with Beanstack.

Gameboards are available in Spanish, Chinese and English; however, you are welcome to play the game in any language.

Challenge yourself with activities like starting a daily reading practice, exploring the library's Black Resources Collection or getting a list of recommended reads from the My Librarian team. 

Once you've completed four of the gameboard activities, you can enter to win prizes such as gift coupons to Third Eye Books, Starbucks and more.

Read 4 Life is made possible by the Friends of the Library.