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Crook County Library announces the return of its award-winning Summer Reading Program

PHOTO COURTESY OF CROOK COUNTY - Members of the Crook County Library staff display their Ready to Read award during a recent Crook County Court meeting.

Crook County staff can justifiably use a lot of superlatives to describe their annual Summer Reading Program — "fun," "educational," "engaging," "chocolatey," etc. This year, Crook County Library can add two new words to that list: "award-winning" and "rockin'."

At the July 6 Crook County Court meeting, Greta Bergquist, Youth Services Consultant from the State Library of Oregon, presented the Public Services Team with a Ready to Read Award.

Every year, State Library staff select two to three projects funded through the statewide Ready to Read Grant for recognition. Ready to Read grant funds are disbursed to all the public libraries in Oregon annually and may be used for youth Summer Reading programs or services to children ages 0-6.

The Crook County Library received one of two of this year's awards in recognition of their successful 2017 Summer Reading Program, in which the public services staff tried out several innovative new approaches to programming.

The award was presented exactly one week ahead of the start of the 2018 Summer Reading Program, which will add yet more new and innovative activities to the mix.

"Called Libraries Rock!, this year's program is a summer-long, all-ages celebration of all things rockin' — from music to geology to boats in a storm to — and yes, we will toot our own horns here – libraries themselves," said Assistant Director of Library Services Jane Scheppke.

The Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party and Rock Fair happens from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16 in the library parking lot and Broughton Room.

"We'll have music, snacks, rocks, and much, much more," Scheppke said. "Like all of our events, it's free and open to all."

Folks can get down to the electric cello grooves of Gideon Freudmann, learn about geology, and enjoy snacks.

Changes to this year's Summer Reading Program include the introduction of weekly "reading challenges" — activity sheets that challenge Crook County residents to read, attend library programs, and explore their community.

These challenges will be published in the Prineville Round-Up every week starting on June 13 and can be turned in at the library for a chance to win prizes.

In another first, the library will present a weeklong limited-run activity program for children in elementary school.

You Rock Camp runs July 23 through Aug. 3 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

The camp emphasizes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities and will feature special guests, including Friend and geologist Carrie Gordon and the High Desert Museum. The camp is free and open to all children in grades K-5, with registration.

"Teen participants will also get to enjoy a new program this year," Scheppke said. "Robot Rock employs programmable, super cute Finch robots to introduce teens and preteens in grades six to 12 to the realms of coding and robotics."

Robot Rock meets every Thursday from June 21 to July 26 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Registration for the reading log portion of the program begins at midnight on Wednesday, June 13, with a kickoff and sign-up party on June 16. Registration for the reading log portion of the program continues through Saturday, July 7; Summer Reading events continue through Aug. 7. All events are free of charge.

"In addition to being a lot of fun, the Summer Reading Program encourages Crook County residents of all ages to read for pleasure and to use library resources during the summer," Scheppke said. "For children and teens, a casual, regular reading habit is critical for maintaining and building literacy skills, especially when school is not in session. Kids also benefit from seeing the adults in their lives reading for enjoyment."

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Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party

Date: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 16

Location: Crook County Library parking lot and Broughton Room, 175 NW Meadow Lakes Drive.

Free

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