Summertime is an opportunity for people to create time with their favorite activities, whether it's river recreation, reconnecting with friends or reading. In particular, Estacada community members were able to connect with the written word in several ways during these past few sunny months.
The Estacada Public Library hosted a series of events for children based on the theme "Oregon Rocks." Additionally, young readers were invited to keep track of their books for a chance to win raffle tickets.
Youth services librarian Deborah Van Detta said the best part of the program was seeing enthusiasm from participants.
"Kids were really committed to reading to try to get the raffle tickets," she said.
She estimated that the library had received 150-200 reading logs from participants, a higher amount than in previous years.
At the Book Nook, manager Linda Arnett said the store gets more first time visitors during the summer months, which she attributes to people traveling through town or visiting family.
"We're a go-to destination if you're visiting and your family loves the Book Nook," she said.
She noted that the store is especially busy during the beginning of summer, when "people come in and stock up for when they go out in their motorhomes."
Community members have enjoyed many stories during the past few months.
The best book Arnett read was "The Paris Architect" by Charles Belfoure.
"It's about an architect during the occupation who is hired to create hiding spaces for Jewish people," Arnett said. "It's fabulous writing."
Conversely, Arnett's least favorite read was "H is for Homicide" by Sue Grafton. She disliked "the whole storyline."
"It was just out there. (The protagonist) did risky, stupid stuff," she said, noting that she usually enjoys Grafton's works.
Caleb Barton, a customer at the Book Nook, enjoyed "Ender's Game," by Orson Scott Card, citing the "forever changing plot" as the best part.
"It never stops," he said.
Book Nook volunteer Earlean Marsh cited the works of Charles Todd as one of her favorite reads of the summer.
"I read every one of his books I can get my hands on," she said, noting that many of them detail World War I.
Sam Montez, 12, who was visiting the Estacada Public Library with his mother Laura and sister Sophia, enjoyed "Catching Fire, " the second novel in Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games" series.
"I liked the action and suspense," he said.
Sophia, 10, said her favorite was "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" by JK Rowling.
Carolyn Adamson, another visitor to the Estacada library, liked "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
"I enjoyed the location and the description of the islands," Adamson said.
Bibliophiles also consumed stories through different mediums.
Sarah Hibbert, circulation manager at the Estacada Public Library, appreciated listening to "Peter Pan" by J. M. Barrie.
"I liked that my kids enjoyed it, and we could enjoy it as a family," she said.
Janessa Kravets liked reading Garfield comic books.
"They're fun to read, and they have lots of pictures and words," she said.
And Van Detta's favorite read of the summer was "Assassination Classroom," a graphic novel series by Yusei Matsui
"It's a great series. It's very entertaining," she said.