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'Libraries Rock' is the theme of Estacada's summer reading program, events scheduled through August

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Alexis Hibbert, 9, stands next to the gift basket she put together with her mother, Estacada Public Library Circulation Manager Sarah Hibbert. The basket is one of several that will be raffle prizes for the librarys summer reading program.

This summer, the Estacada Public Library is inviting youths to jam with books.

The theme of this year's summer reading program is "Libraries Rock," and a variety of reading incentives and activities for families and children will take place.

The program runs from Friday, June 1, through Wednesday, Aug. 22. Those ages 18 or younger can pick up a reading log from the library to keep track of books and audiobooks they engage with during the summer months. Specifically, those four and younger are asked to talk, sing, read, write or play for ten minutes; those ages 5-13 are asked to read or listen for 20 minutes; and those ages 14-18 are asked to read or listen for 30 minutes. For each day they reach this goal, they can fill in one of

the records on their reading log.

Everyone who turns in a reading log will be eligible for finisher's prizes, including a free book; a summer reading drawstring bag; a child's ticket for a preseason Portland Trail Blazers game; coupons for Oaks Park, Oregon State Fair, Lakeshore Learning and Chipotle Mexican Grill; and a $5 fine voucher for the Estacada Public Library.

As they read, participants can also earn raffle tickets for five gift baskets created by Estacada library staff.

Completed reading logs can be turned in to the library any time in August. The raffle drawing will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Estacada Youth Services Librarian Deborah VanDetta hopes the program inspires children and teens to read during summer vacation.

"We want to give kids an incentive to read outside of school, and engage their brains to prevent summer slump. (If they're not active during the summer) they come back to school and lose months (of learning)," she said. "We love to promote summer reading because this is when they get to choose what they read, and develop a lifelong love of reading. That comes from having that choice."

VanDetta added that "Libraries Rock," which was selected by the Collaborative Summer Library Program and will be used by libraries across the country, is a fitting theme. She appreciates its connection to music.

"With the universality of music, everyone is affected in some way," she said, noting that music is often particularly helpful for younger children. "The things they get from music helps them to read. You can increase your child's school readiness just by singing nursery rhymes."

Along with reading incentives, the summer reading program will also feature a variety of activities, including visits from the Creature Teachers, Ukulele Cinda, and rangers from Milo McIver State Park; a family movie showing; creative movement experiences; bilingual music activities; a music show; a craft program; and outdoor storytimes at Wade Creek Park.

"I look forward to all (of the events). They're all going to be a lot of fun."

Summer Reading Calendar

  • 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13. Creature Teachers. Learn about scaly, feathered and furry animal friends with the Creature Teachers.
  • 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. Family movie and popcorn. A G- or PG-rated film will be shown.
  • <1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27. Ukulele Cinda. One hour ukulele class. Those interested in using a ukulele should pre-register by calling the library.
  • 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11. Visit from the Milo McIver State Park rangers.
  • 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. Stretch, dance, play. Iris Nason of Growing Arts will lead participants in this creative movement experience.
  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. Nathalia Bilingual Kids' Music. Nathalia will use a creative bilingual approach to engage families in a fun-filled concert.
  • 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. Oregon Rocks. This geology adventure will teach participants about the forces that have shaped Oregon's landscape.
  • 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. Micah and Me Children's Music Show. This family dance party will feature upbeat, educational and silly songs.
  • 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. Summer reading craft program, with projects related to the "Libraries Rock!" theme.
  • In addition to these events, the Lego Club will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, and an outdoor storytime and playgroup for all ages is scheduled at 11 a.m. June 22, June 29, July 13, July 20, July 27, Aug. 3, August 10 and Aug. 17, at Wade Creek Park, 747 N.W. Wade St.
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