Summer Reading

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June 16 - August 31, 2023

Find Your Voice at Multnomah County Library.

Our voices have power. We use our voices to share stories, express ourselves, and spark change. Our voices include not only the sounds we make, but the words we write, the art we create, the movements we perform and the actions we take each day to impact our world. 

Read for fun and prizes this summer. Babies, kids and teens can play the Summer Reading game by starting a daily reading habit. In addition, the library will have lots of fun interactive performances, storytelling, and arts and crafts for kids and families. It all kicks off June 16!

Kids of all ages can play online or on paper. 

How to play

  • Starting June 16, come to the library and pick up a gameboard or sign up online at Beanstack or download the mobile Beanstack App.
  • Mark one space for each day you read or listen to a book, or do any of the fun activities, between June 16 and August 31, 2023
  • Each time you mark at least 15 days (they don’t have to be in a row), come to the library and fill out a form to receive a prize.
  • Once you have read 45 days total, you have completed the game! Come to the library on or after July 30 to fill out your finisher form to receive a T-shirt and a prize (while supplies last), the finisher form is also an entry into the Grand Prize drawing for each age level.
  • Youth can play each level only one time between June 16 and August 31.

If you don’t have a gameboard by the start of Summer Reading, don’t worry! When you pick up a gameboard from the library or start playing online, you can fill it in with all the days you have read since June 16th.

Planning your visit 

Many libraries will be closed this summer for a refresh. Please check out the library Hours and Locations to find the library closest to you. 

Important dates: 

  • June 16th: Summer Reading starts
  • June 30: First day to claim Level 1 prize
  • July 15: First day to claim Level 2 prize
  • July 30: First day to claim Level 3 prize
  • August 31: All prize forms must be received

Summer Reading volunteers help award prizes and answer questions about the game. Many of our volunteers are young people learning and gaining skills. Thank you for supporting their learning and growth.
Please note:

  • Due to library closures Summer Reading tables at open Libraries will be busy. 
  • Popular prizes often run out in early August. 
  • We will have prizes to give away until the very end of Summer Reading.

Fun Fact: 43% of youth finished the Summer Reading Game during the last week of Summer Reading in 2022. 

Complete the Summer Reading Game and enter to win one of these Prizes::

Ages 0-4
Grand Prize:
A birthday party package at The Happy Place at Hammer + Jacks OR a $150 gift card. Made possible by The Library Foundation.
Runner-up: The runner up will receive one of the prizes listed above, made possible by The Library Foundation.

Kindergarten-5th grade
Grand Prize: iPad Technology package OR a birthday party package at Oaks Park
Instead of these prizes, each winner may select a $250 prepaid gift card, made possible by The Library Foundation.
Runner-up: The runner up will receive one of the prizes listed above.
Middle School + High School
Grand Prize:  iPad Technology package OR the winner may select a $250 gift card, made possible by The Library Foundation
1st  Runner-up: $150 gift card made possible by The Library Foundation
2nd Runner-up: Bowling for 8 at Superplay

All prizes based on availability and subject to change.


Want to learn about volunteering? Visit Volunteer Services.

The Summer Reading Program is supported by gifts to The Library Foundation.

A special thank you to media sponsor:


The 2023 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!

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