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The Scappoose Public Library's annual summer reading program kicks off with an event Saturday, June 12.

PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Children's books fill an alcove (and other spaces) in the Scappoose library.Readers in Scappoose can start their summer reading this weekend.

The library's annual summer reading program starts Saturday, June 12, with a kick-off event from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Heritage Park.

Readers can also sign up at the library or online.

The library has three different summer reading programs: one for children, one for teens, and one for adults.

Standard summer reading programs involve filling in a square each time you read. Scappoose has that for kids, but the library didn't stop there.

In the 2021 "Reading COLORS Your World" summer program for kids, readers can earn beads to create a lanyard or keychain.

Readers earn a bead for each 10 days they read over the summer, plus an additional bead each time they attend an event, visit the library, or complete one of the two "Choose Your Challenge" activities that will be posted at the library each Monday.

Participants will receive a free book when they sign up and another free book when they complete 40 days of reading.

There will be weekly raffles for fun prizes, and a grand prize drawing for a gift certificate.

The library is also hosting outdoor activities most Saturdays between June 12 and Aug. 21, including an obstacle course, a nerf gun battle, an ice cream party and more.

Events for teens include a button making session and a henna class over Zoom (with kits available to pick up beforehand). Teens can also pick up a stress relief bag with a journal, gel pens, tea and candy starting June 16.

Adult readers can complete a summer reading bingo card, with squares for reading a book with a one-word title, reading a banned or challenged book, putting a book on hold at the library, or re-reading a favorite childhood book.

Adults who complete the bingo board will receive a prize and be entered into a drawing for a grand prize of a gift card.

More information about the summer reading program and events throughout the season is on the library website.

St. Helens is also offering a summer reading program; stay tuned for more information.


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