Summer Reading FAQ's

What is a Summer Reading Club?
Every summer, public libraries across the country provide an incentive-based program to encourage children and teens to read throughout the summer, thus helping to prevent the backward summer slide and to cultivate a general love of reading. Our library is also thrilled to offer and summer reading club for adults too! We believe reading for learning and for pleasure should be celebrated at every age!

Why Participate in a Summer Reading Club?

Library summer reading programs are designed to encourage youth to:

  • Spend more time reading over the summer.
  • Increase their enjoyment of reading.
  • Increase their motivation to read.
  • Read more confidently.
  • Return to school ready to learn (and avoid the, "Summer Slide")
  • Improve their reading achievement and vocabulary skills.
  • Perceive reading to be important.
Library summer reading clubs for adults are designed to:
  • Encourage adults to enjoy reading for pleasure.
  • To model a love of reading and lifelong learning for younger generations.
  • To refocus on reading as a fun and fulfilling activity, both as a shared and as a solitary pursuit.
  • To encourage the spread of ideas and discussions about books and learning in the community.
  • To encourage families to instill the value of reading and stories as vitally important for all ages.
  • To also give adults the chance win some really great prizes, because why should kids have all the fun? :) 

How does it work?

  1. Sign up online or at the library between June 16th and August 2nd.
  2. Keep track of the time spent reading or listening to stories on the reading log.
  3. Participants who complete at least 10 hours of reading/listening to stories can turn in their reading logs starting July 1st to claim prizes and special coupons to be redeemed at local businesses! In addition, we'll be awarding periodic raffle prizes throughout the length of the program--once you've registered, you are entered in the raffle!
What kind of prizes can we win?
     The prizes vary, depending on the age of the participant, but include new books, gift cards, movie tickets, gift certificates to local restaurants, candy, and coupons 
       for free or discounted items!

Who pays for the Summer Reading Program?
       Our Summer Reading programs are made possible thanks to the support of many generous local community sponsors, as well as the Oregon State Ready to 
      Read grant. A complete list of sponsors and donors to the program will be published here once it is complete. Thank you to all our donors and supporters!

How can I help?
       If you would like more information about how you can or your business can be involved next year in supporting love of reading and lifelong learning in our 
        community through this program, please contact Library Director Carrie Alexandria Caster at 503-845-6401 or at carrie.caster@ccrls.org. 
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