Traveling storyteller and youth services specialist offer outstanding early literacy programs to local kids.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Traveling storyteller Star Todd, left, and Lorene Forman, who directs youth services hold the state award recognizing their outstanding work.A state award was presented to Star Todd, traveling storyteller, and Lorene Forman, youth services specialist, of the Jefferson County Library District, on June 27, honoring their outstanding youth early literacy outreach programs

Katie Anderson, youth librarian with the State Library of Oregon, came from Salem to the JCLD Summer Reading Program in Madras to present the state of Oregon's "Ready to Read Award."

The library provides outreach storytimes to school classrooms and day cares, and brings summer reading program events to various locations throughout the county.

An example of that programming happened last Tuesday afternoon, when the library featured Bend Research scientists, "Fred and Franz," who performed a lively and entertaining display of science experiments involving liquid nitrogen, pyrotechnics, and very loud explosions. There were many "oohs" and "ahs" from the bedazzled audience.

Bend Research, through the Jefferson County Library District, covered the expense of providing 509-J buses to bring Culver and Warm Springs children and families to the library for the event.

Summer Reading

Upcoming Summer Reading activities will include: "The Human Solar System," at the Culver Elementary School Library on July 5, at 11 a.m., and in the Rodriguez Annex in Madras on July 11, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. A program on "Totality," will be at the Culver Elementary School Library on July 12, at 11 a.m.

Next, will be a week of parades, shows and workshops by the New Old Time Chautauqua performers out of Seattle, who will perform at the summer reading grand finale, in Madras, at the Kids Club on July 18, at 2 p.m.; the Culver Summer Reading Program and in Warm Springs on July 19, and at the Crooked River Ranch Summer Reading Program on July 20.

On Tuesday, July 25, at 2 p.m., there will be summer reading matinee showing of "The Lego Batman Movie" at the Rodriguez Annex.

Grant and scholarship funding from the Jefferson County Cultural Coalition, the Bean Foundation, and OMSI helped to cover the cost of the 2017 JCLD Summer Reading Program performances, presentations, and books for kids.

For more information about the Jefferson County Library's summer reading events, contact Lorene Forman at 541-475-3351, ext. 2 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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