Washington County Cooperative Library Services has summer reading programs for all ages -- beginning June 1.

COURTESY PHOTO - Rick HuddleAhhh ... summer.

Time to kick back with an ice cold lemonade and read a few good books.

Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) makes summer reading fun, but the program isn't just for kids. Adults can participate, too.

WCCLS offers summer reading fun for everyone.

In addition to some cool reading incentives for kids, tweens and teens, each WCCLS member library will host a full calendar of fun and educational programs for the youth and teens of Washington County to enjoy throughout the summer.

Summer reading program sign-ups begin June 1. Sign up to participate at any of the WCCLS member libraries.

Then, grab a book (or a stack of them), find a comfy spot and start reading.

Each of the 16 member libraries will present three youth-focused and one teen-focused program this summer, in addition to other events that vary by library.

For information on the Summer Reading Program and a complete schedule of programs, visit

These programs will be offered at different dates during the summer at every member library:

For youth

Rick Huddle

Portlander Rick Huddle combines physical humor, theatrical storytelling and music to present variety shows that go beyond mere entertainment. Parents and children will laugh, sing, and play their way to a deeper understanding of each other.

Huddle apparently sensed his calling at age 5 when his kindergarten teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up.

His reply: "A clown — so I can make people laugh."

Although he doesn't wear a red nose or floppy shoes, he has made lots of people laugh all over the United States, Mexico and Colombia.

Vikki Gasko Green COURTESY PHOTO - Vicki Gasko Green

Vikki Gasko Green has performed her one-woman ventriloquism show at libraries and schools all over the world.

"I took to ventriloquism as a duck takes to water," Green's bio says. Her family friendly show features puppets, stories and fun.

Michael O'NeillCOURTESY PHOTO - Michael O'Neill

Michael O'Neill is the co-founder of Portland-based Nomadic Theatre Company, and is an acting, directing and clowning expert.

O'Neill is a graduate of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. He completed his graduate work at University of Portland in 2010, earning a master's of fine arts degree in directing.

For teens

Portland ReWild

Learn how to rub sticks together to make a fire and how to make the most ancient stone tools known to humanity.

Portland Rewild's mission is to promote cultural and environmental resilience through the education of earth-based arts, traditions and technology.

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