Color your world with Summer Reading 2021, beginning June 16!

Young people across Multnomah County will read, learn and earn prizes through Summer Reading 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. — June 16, 2021— Multnomah County Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Program returns, beginning today, when kids can play online using Beanstack or with a paper gameboard, available at any neighborhood library

This year’s Summer Reading program is easy and safe to participate in, while also being fun and engaging. Reading during the summer helps kids strengthen reading skills, encourages exploring new interests and keeps their brains engaged. The program is open to kids of all ages, from birth to high school students entering grade 12. 

Looking for summer reading inspiration? Check out one of our reading lists or these ebooks and audiobooks just for kids

Participants can earn books, restaurant coupons and other prizes, including a ticket to a Trail Blazers game, Portland Pickles baseball game, t-shirts, a coupon to Oregon Ballet Theatre and an entry into the Grand Prize drawing. 

More than 57,000 students are already signed up through their schools. Working with schools enables the library to reach students across Multnomah County and reinforce the fact that summer reading is critical for school success. For the first time this year, about 80,000 students can use their student ID as a library card as part of the Library Connect program (participating districts include Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Parkrose and Portland Public school districts). 

Summer Reading and Library Connect are both made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to our library's leadership, innovation and reach through private support.

Adults who want to share in the Summer Reading fun can participate in the library’s Read 4 Life adult summer reading program by picking up a game board at any library location. Participants who complete all the activities and turn in their game board will be entered into a prize drawing. Read 4 Life adult summer reading is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Library closed for Juneteenth 

All Multnomah County Library services will be closed on Saturday, June 19 for the Juneteenth holiday. Read more about visiting a library at