Summer Reading 2019 blasts off today, June 14!

More than 100,000 young people will read, learn and earn prizes this summer at the library

PORTLAND, Ore. — June 14, 2019— Multnomah County Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program begins today, when kids of all ages can sign up at any neighborhood library

The Summer Reading program encourages kids to read for fun and build a daily reading habit, helping to maintain the skills developed during the school year and inspire lifelong library use. Last year, approximately 110,000 babies, kids and teens registered for the program.

Summer reading isn’t just about books. The library is offering dozens of free events, camps and classes to keep youth of all ages playing and learning. This summer at the library, young people can craft space origami, meet miniature horses, learn about constellations, listen to and perform music, and more! 

About 85,000 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. The program is open to kids of all ages, from birth to high school students entering grade 12. High school students have the option to play online. 

Participants can earn books, restaurant coupons and other prizes, including a ticket to an NBA basketball, MLS/NWSL soccer, or minor league baseball game. Game prizes become available after every 15 days of reading or learning beginning June 29. Those who complete the game are eligible for a prize, a T-shirt (while supplies last), coupons for Oaks Park, Oregon Ballet Theatre and Oregon Symphony, and an entry in the Grand Prize drawing.

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.

Adults that 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 made possible by Friends of the Library.