More than 100,000 young people will work to “Build a Better World” this summer at the library
The library’s Summer Reading 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, approximately 110,000 babies, kids and teens participated.
Summer reading isn’t just about books. The library has a season full of engaging storytimes, crafts, classes and camps. This summer at the library, young people can explore Latin American music; ancient engineering technologies; building suits of armor; the role of bugs in ecological systems; magnets or take part in weeklong camps for teens that explore silk screening, creating electronic music and more.
This year, about 85,000 students have already signed up through school. The library partners with seven Multnomah County school districts: Centennial, Corbett, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Parkrose, Portland Public and Reynolds. Working with schools enables the library to reach students across Multnomah County 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 16.
Upon sign-up, participants (or their parents) receive a gameboard customized for their age group: birth-preschool, elementary (K-5), middle (6-8), or high school (9-12; see high school challenge). Participants then engage in any number of literacy-building activities and mark off days of on their gameboards.. Activities include reading, being read to, listening to audiobooks, attending a library event or spin a globe and pick a country to learn more about. High school students can enter to win more prizes by creating and sharing music, art, technology, and more.
As they complete levels on their gameboards, participants earn books, free passes, restaurant coupons and other prizes. Game prizes become available after every 15 days of reading or learning, up to three prize levels. Everyone who signs up for Summer Reading is eligible for one free ticket each to a Portland Thorns, Timbers 2 (T2), Portland Pickles, 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.
Summer Reading is supported by gifts to The Library Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to our library's leadership, innovation and reach through private support.