Library invites readers to rock on
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