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The Lake Oswego Public Library continues to make reading accessible to kids

Have your kids watched the librarian's "postcards" on YouTube? Or picked up books curbside at the library? Even though new public safety measures are in place, the library is still very much a part of the lives of Lake Oswegans.

Take a look at some of the online events and activities for kids this summer. REVIEW PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Intel engineer Dr. Arlyne Simon reads from her book 'Abby Invents Unbreakable Crayons' during Multicultural Children's Book Day at the Lake Oswego Public Library.

Making space

The library offers weekly videos featuring Christian Robinson, a multi-award-winning author and illustrator of many children's books. In his "Making Space" videos Christian invites anyone and everyone to join in making something.

"I believe creativity has the power to heal, that everyone has that creative spark, and hopefully these videos will help you explore yours. Let's make space for fun, make space for creativity, and make space together," Robinson said.

"He picks a theme for a very simple art project," Andrea Milano, Youth & Technical Services Manager, said. At the end of each video he relates that art project back to one of his books. Milano said he has a kind and calm atmosphere that makes the videos all the more pleasant.

Symphony storytime

Every Saturday morning the library features a twist to storytime on its website. A symphony story is a digital storybook series for kids featuring musicians playing along with the reading. The 13-episode digital series features Oregon symphony musicians and books in English and Spanish.

The series is curated for pre-K and early elementary-aged viewers.

Though the library releases a different episode every week, each 15-minute episode can also be found on the Oregon Symphony's website and YouTube channel.

Ready for a challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge is a modified version of a program the library does every year.

Kids younger than seventh grade received a postcard in the mail asking them to do three things: draw their favorite place to read, real or imagined; tell someone a story; and write the title of a book they read. Once kids do that, they can bring the postcard to the library to receive their free book.

"We wanted to get books in kids' hands as soon as possible," Milano said.

The library partnered with the Lake Oswego School District, Park Academy and Our Lady of the Lake church to get home addresses for kids in Lake Oswego.

"We really wanted to reach as many kids as we could," Milano said. So, instead of waiting until the end of the summer to reward them, the library presents the prize book upon registration.

Seventh through twelfth graders can register online and keep a log of their books and hours spent reading. Once they're registered, their book is ready to be picked up at the library.

The library has started special outdoor hours for select services including pickup. The booth is located in the library parking lot from 10a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday - Saturday.

1,000 books before kindergarten

Every year the library offers the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program to promote early readership. Research shows that reading to babies and young children builds their vocabulary, giving them the tools they need to read.

Parents log the books a child reads throughout the program and the child receives prizes when they reach milestones. You also receive a book bag and five patches to put on your bag after reaching 100, 300, 500, 700 and 1,000 books.

This year, due to physical distancing, the library is skipping the registration process.

The log sheet, where families keep track of read books, is available on the website. After books are logged, book bags and patches will be provided.

Visit the library's website for more information on the events listed above.


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