Summer Reading 2013 begins June 14 at Multnomah County libraries

PORTLAND, Ore. — June 10, 2013 — Multnomah County Library’s 2013 Summer Reading program begins Friday, June 14, when kids of all ages can sign up at any neighborhood library. The program entices kids to read for pleasure when school is not in session, maintaining the skills developed during the school year and encouraging lifelong library use.

Last year, more than 110,000 babies, kids and teens participated — 73 percent of all youth in Multnomah County.

This year, more than 82,000 students have already signed up through school. The library partners with eight Multnomah County school districts: Corbett, David Douglas, Centennial, Gresham-Barlow, Parkrose, Portland Public, Reynolds and Riverdale. Working with schools enables the library to reach students in all socioeconomic groups and reinforce the fact that summer reading is critical for school success.

The program is open to kids of all ages, from birth to high school students entering grade 12. Anyone who has not signed up through school may do so at any neighborhood library beginning June 14.

Upon signup, participants (or their parents) receive a gameboard customized for their age group: birth–preschool (also available in Spanish), grades K–6 or grades 7–12. Participants then engage in any number of literacy-building activities and track their progress on their gameboards. Activities include reading, being read to, listening to audiobooks, writing a book review, drawing a picture about a book, and attending an event at the library.

As they complete levels on their gameboards, participants earn books, free passes, restaurant coupons and other prizes. Everyone who signs up for Summer Reading is eligible for one free ticket each to a Portland Timbers and a Trail Blazers game (with purchase of adult ticket). Everyone who completes the game receives a Summer Reading T-shirt and is entered to win the grand prize drawing of a family vacation for four to Great Wolf Lodge.

“The library’s Summer Reading program inspires a love of reading that kids will carry into adulthood,” said Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke. “The program preserves critical reading skills and opens a door to the world of resources available at the public library.”

The Summer Reading program is made possible by the The Library Foundation.