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Kids, teens can win prizes while creating positive reading habits over the summer months

Summertime means the return of the Multnomah County Library's Summer Reading game, which runs from mid-June to Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Multnomah County children and teens from infant to 18 years old are all encouraged in participating in the interactive program this summer. The library will also host interactive online performances, storytelling, and arts and crafts for kids and families that coincide with the reading challenge.

To play, participants must come to the library and pick up a gameboard or sign up online at Beanstack or download the mobile Beanstack App.

Players will then get to mark one space for each day they have read or listened to a book, or has done any of the fun activities, between Thursday, June 16 and Wednesday, Aug. 31. Participants can also fill in as many days they have read since June 16 if they didn't have a gameboard at the start of the game.

After marking at least 15 days, players can come to their local library to receive a prize. Those playing on paper must bring their gameboards to the library.

After reaching 45 days total, participants have completed the game. Those who complete the game can come to their library on or after Saturday, July 30, to receive a shirt, prizes (while supplies last) and are then entered in the grand prize drawing for the participant's age level. Those playing with paper boards must bring in the filled boards. Prizes must be claimed by Wednesday, Aug. 31.

The raffle grand prize for kids ages infant to 4 years old is a birthday party at child play center the Wiggle Room in Portland. The runner-up will receive a play tent with a selection of books curated for the child. The top winners may select a $150 Visa gift card instead of the prize gifts.

The grand prize for children in kindergarten to fifth grade is a technology prize selected by a Rockwood Library Makerspace specialist. The prize for the runner-up is a birthday party at science themed play area Mad Science in Portland. Instead of any of these prizes, each winner may select a $250 Visa gift card, made possible by The Library Foundation. The top winner in the middle school to high school group gets a technology package selected with a Rockwood Library Makerspace specialist and a MetroEastmembership. The middle school runner-up gets a bowling party for eight at Superplay in Beaverton. The second-place high school winner gets a technology prize selected with a Rockwood Library Makerspace specialist. Winner may select a $250 Visa gift card, made possible by The Library Foundation, instead the prizes.

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