Programs for kids and adults run until Aug. 14, participants can sign up online or at the library.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Pages from Eric Carle's book 'From Head to Toe' were posted along a path in McCormick Park in summer 2020. The St. Helens Library will have more Story Strolls posted this summer as part of its summer programs.The St. Helens Library's summer reading program starts up Monday, June 21.

The library has programs for kids and adults. Both groups will be eligible for prize drawings after they read books, attend events, and visit the library.

Readers can sign up at the library or online at

The online reading tracking platform that the library is using will show activities that participants can complete to earn badges or prizes.

St. Helens Youth Librarian Gretchen Kolderup said the activities for kids span four categories: reading, learning, making and helping.

Options include things like "visiting a City park, trying a new recipe, reading with a friend, inventing a new dance move, and making a donation to the food bank," Kolderup said.

For grown-ups, each week will offer a different challenge, with activities like reading, attending events at the library, or using one of the online databases the library provides.

There will also be activities following the theme of "Color Your World," including an adult coloring contest and a post-it note art show, explained Library Technician Nicole Woodruff.

Adults will receive a free tote bag when they complete their first challenge or book review. Kids will get a prize pack when they register, which includes a drawstring backpack, lanyard, book from the prize cart, and a set of bookmarks designed by community members.

The program is also helping support local businesses. There will be weekly drawings for gift cards to local businesses for kids and adults. For children, the gift certificates will be for businesses including Eisenschmidt Pool, the Columbia Theatre, Sunshine Pizza, Bertucci's, Burgerville and Dutch Bros.

At the end of the summer program, adults who completed a challenge or review will be entered into the running for "A Night Out in St. Helens," which includes a gift card to Dockside and tickets to a movie at the Columbia Theatre; or "An Afternoon Adventure," which includes an hour of kayaking in the Scappoose Bay and a gift card to Columbia County Bistro.

Kids can also spin the prize wheel for rotating prizes, including free books, cups and water bottles, bowling passes at Oregon Trail Lanes, reading lights or art and school supplies.

The library will host weekly events for adults, each Wednesday at 6 p.m. Activities include making upcycled bird feeders out of two-liter bottles; decorative prints using tools from the library's Library of Things; firestarters; vertical herb gardens; and table-top cornhole sets.

For kids, there will be outdoor family storytime on Thursdays at 11 a.m., library pop-ups in different city parks each Wednesday at 3 p.m., and art activities on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Take-and-make kits for art or science activities will be available each week on Fridays, and story strolls will allow visitors to enjoy picture books with pages spread along a trail at McCormick Park.

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