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Annual adult winter reading program at the Estacada Public Library will continue through Tuesday, March 31

Leaders at the Estacada Public Library are encouraging community members to do more than cozy up with a good book this winter.

"There are a few different ways people can participate (in adult winter reading)," said librarian Leslie Pearson. "People who read and listen to audiobooks can earn raffle tickets, and if you come to the programs you can earn tickets. We want everyone to participate."

The library's annual Adult Winter Reading program runs through Tuesday, March 31, and the theme is "Get Cozy." Along with earning raffle tickets by reading five books or audiobooks and attending programs, participants can earn one additional ticket by donating two cans of food.

Adult Winter Reading programs at the library at 825 N.W. Wade St. will include a beginning bonsai care class at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31; a Kombucha DIY class at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7; a tea blends DIY class at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20; and a beginning cheese craft class at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15. Programs are open to those 18 and older, and pre-registration is required.

"What ties the programs together is that they're things to do to relax. They're engaging hobbies, but they're not demanding physically," said Pearson, discussing the theme of this year's events. "It's perfect for winter and encourages anyone to have a good time and to get really cozy."

Reading logs are due to the library by Tuesday, March 31.

Beginning Feb. 3, the first 50 people to turn in their logs will be able to choose a pair of cozy socks and will be able to continue to log books after this date.

Pearson strives to connect a variety of community members to the library through the Adult Winter Reading Program. Last year, approximately 125 people participated.

"We want to reach out to people who aren't necessarily library lovers. Libraries offer so much more than just books," she said. "It brings more people in by offering the choice and allowing people to participate in the way that they want to."

Through the raffle at the end of this year's Adult Winter Reading program, participants can earn gift cards to local businesses like Ace Hardware, The Grind, The Mason Jar Cafe and Yo Treats.

"The program is really supported by the community," Pearson said, noting that the businesses donated the gift cards. "I'm so thankful that people are willing to donate."


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