Summer Reading

June 14 through August 31, 2019

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Explore a universe of stories and a galaxy of fun at your library! 

Read for fun and prizes this summer. Babies, kids and teens can play the Summer Reading game by starting a daily reading habit. Libraries will have free live performances, arts and crafts, and more in addition to the Summer Reading game. It all kicks off June 14.

High school teens can play online or on paper.

Information for Teachers

How to play (birth through grade 8)

  1. Sign up at any Multnomah County library (it’s free) to get a gameboard.
  2. Color in one space for each day you read or listen to a book, or do any of the fun activities on the gameboard, between June 14 and August 31, 2019.
  3. Each time you mark at least 15 days (they don’t have to be in a row!), bring the gameboard to the library to choose a prize.
  4. Once you’ve read 45 days total, you’ve completed the game! Bring your gameboard to the library on or after July 28 to get a prize, a T-shirt (while supply lasts), coupons for Oaks Park, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Symphony and Oregon Children’s Theatre, and an entry in the Grand Prize drawing! Claim your prizes by August 31, 2019

How to play (teens entering grades 9-12)

  1. Sign up online and track your reading on the mobile site or come in to any Multnomah County library to get a gameboard (it’s free).
  2. If you play online, enter every day you read about an hour. On the gameboard, mark a space every time you read for an hour or do any of the challenge activities
  3. If you play online, the site will let you know when you earn your prizes. When you’ve filled your first card, you can bring it to the library and choose a coupon or entry in a drawing on or after June 28. Do the same with card 2 (prizes available starting July 13) and card 3 (prizes available starting July 28). 
  4. When you have filled all three cards, you’ve completed the challenge! You’ll get a prize, a T-shirt (while supplies last), coupons for Oaks Park, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Symphony and Oregon Children’s Theatre, and an entry in the Grand Prize drawing! Claim your prizes by August 31, 2019.

Grand Prize

Two Explore Portland Family Fun Packages available:

Arts & Culture Package includes prizes from:

The Mark Spencer Hotel, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Oregon Symphony, OMSI, the Portland Children’s Museum, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Northwest Children’s Theatre, Voodoo Doughnuts and collage: curated arts and crafts

Sports & Entertainment Package includes prizes from:

The Porter Hotel by Hilton, Portland Trail Blazers, Portland Thorns, Family Fun Center and Bullwinkle’s Restaurant, Oregon Zoo, Lloyd Center Ice Rink, Rose City Rollers, Portland Parks & Recreation Aquatic Division, SuperPlay, Electric Castle’s Wunderland, Staccato Gelato and WingStop

Runner up prizes

High school: $250 Visa, made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation 
Middle school: Party for 10 at SuperPlay
Elementary school: Bike package from Seven Corners Cycles, including a bike, lock, and helmet
Early childhood ages 0-4: Party at the Portland Children’s Museum

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. 




A special thank you to media sponsors:

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The 2019 Summer Reading program would not be possible without the generous support of our community partners who donated thousands of prizes. Thank you for your support!