Library will highlight stories from Earth and well beyond
The sky won't be the limit during the Estacada Public Library's annual Summer Reading program.
With the theme "A Universe of Stories," the program will encourage young participants to learn about the galaxy and beyond. Estacada Youth Services Librarian Deborah VanDetta noted that the theme was inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing on July 20, 1969.
In Estacada, Summer Reading will run from Saturday, June 1, through Saturday, Aug. 31.
Participants ages 18 and younger or their guardians can pick up a reading log at the library at 825 N.W. Wade St. any time during June and July. Those ages 4 and younger are encouraged to talk, sing, read, write or play with an independent reader for 10 minutes each day. Participants in grades 1-5 are encouraged to read or listen to a book for 20 minutes daily, and participants in grades 6-12 are encouraged to read or listen to a book for 30 minutes each day.
Summer Reading programming will also feature a series of free events for families focused on science, reading and technology. Activities will include building forts to read in, a star gazing party with the Rose City Astronomers, felting alien creatures, a presentation about exotic animals from Creature Teachers and a Lego motion and mechanics session. Additionally, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's portable planetarium will connect attendees with live presentations and films about the night sky, and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History will allow participants to learn about Earth.
There will also be a summer learning week from Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12, which will feature activities like creating stomp rockets and balloon rockets.
Those who turn in a completed reading log from Aug. 1-31 will receive a free book, a summer reading drawstring bag, a $5 fine voucher from the Estacada Public Library, a $1 off token for Yo Treats Frozen Yogurt, and coupons for the Oregon State Fair, Lloyd Center ice skating, Lakeshore Learning and a preseason Portland Trail Blazers voucher.
Participants who turn in their reading logs before Aug. 14 will be eligible a raffle ticket for a gift basket put together by Estacada library staff. Students will also receive a voucher for a discount at Oaks Park when they sign up for the program.
VanDetta noted that she enjoys the enthusiasm from participants each summer.
"(My favorite part of Summer Reading is) seeing kids get excited about reading and the quantity of reading they do," she said.
Summer Reading Calendar
1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16. Attendees will use chairs, blankets and clips to create forts to read in at the Flora Room.
1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's portable planetarium will stop by the Estacada library.
1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12. Summer Learning Week will feature a variety of hands-on and educational projects.
9:30 p.m. Friday, July 12. Rose City Astronomers will stop by Timber Park for a star gazing party.
1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. Attendees will make block creations that move using Lego Technic and power functions.
1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. Participants ages 10-18 will create felted aliens with artist LeBrie Rich. Pre-registration is required, and the event is limited to 25 people.
1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31. The Creature Teachers will return to the Estacada library for a presentation about exotic animals.
1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. The Museum of Natural and Cultural History will connect attendees with experiments about what makes Earth special.
1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. All are invited to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading program with crafts and popsicles.