Participants can win prizes and gift cards for local businesses during annual reading program

Adult readers who find themselves curled up with a good book during the cold winter evenings should get ready to burn through a few extra night lights as a popular annual literature program is right around the corner.

Estacada Public Library's winter reading program, "Create, Learn, Grow," is a fun way for anyone 18 and older to dive into their reading list for a chance to win prizes from local businesses and gift cards.

Beginning Feb. 1 and running through April 30, this year there are even more ways to win.

Like in the past, every five adult, young adult, e-books or audiobooks read or listened to earn one raffle ticket. New to this year is the addition of raffle tickets earned for every adult program attended at the library.

"People have busy lives and it may not be possible for someone to read five books, or even one book, in three months," said Leslie Pearson, adult services librarian at the Estacada Library. "This is what motivated me to expand how one can participate. I want everyone to feel included."

Another way to earn raffle tickets is the continuation of a challenge bookmark this year, which adds an additional set of reading goals for people to take on. If someone completes those goals, they will get an additional two raffle tickets. The bookmark will prompt many fun activities following the theme of "Create, Learn, Grow," and suggest one book to read.

"The bookmark is another way to play," Pearson said.

Sign up for the program at the library, 825 N.W. Wade St.

Upcoming Library Programs:

Attend the following programs to earn extra raffle tickets in the winter reading program:

¦ Kokedama Workshop, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Kokedama is Japanese for moss ball. Using plants, moss and twine, create your own hanging plant. Free, and supplies are covered. Registration required, 18 and older only.

¦ Ice Age Oregon Trail presentation, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. Rick Thompson will present a visual journey with photos and maps illustrating what the pioneers saw as they traveled the flood channels carved long ago

by ice age floods. Recommended for adults and older teenagers.

¦ Beginning Ukulele Workshop, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 6. Brian Fergus, from Woodstock Ukulele Studio, will teach beginners how to play the instrument and a few songs. Registration required, 18 and older only.

¦ Ukrainian Batik Egg Decorating, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 10. Learn the beautiful art of Hungarian Batik Egg Decorating from Daniela Mahoney, who will guide the class on making appealing designs. Eggs and materials will be provided. Registration required, 18 and older only.

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