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Reading is not just an <i>indoor</i> activity in August!

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The Summer Reading game is in full swing at the Sellwood Branch Library with hundreds of children visiting us to participate in the game, while thousands more participate throughout the county. Adults have a chance to participate in their own version of Summer Reading, with a chance to win a McMenamins gift certificate. It's wonderful for librarians around the county to see all the blue T-shirts of Summer Reading finishers popping up around the neighborhoods, as well as the adult supporters' T-shirts (which are available for sale at the library).

The staff at Sellwood-Moreland Library is also excited to have an additional opportunity to take library programming out of the library this month, and into Sellwood Park.

We will return to Sundae in the Park on August 6th this year. Youth Librarian Brianne Williams will be offering 'storytimes' as part of the outdoor activities. There will be a library table with a craft projects, library information, and Summer Reading buttons and tattoos. Library Supervisor Sharon Bart is the library liaison working with Sellwood- Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) event organizer Pam Orser to bring the neighborhood another wonderful Sundae in the Park. Ever wonder why that dessert is called an ice cream sundae? Several fun and informative titles at the library can give you the scoop. Try these for a start: 'Ice Cream: The Full Scoop' by Gail Gibbons; 'Ice Cream Cones for Sale!' by Elaine Greenstein; and 'Ice Cream' by Jules Older, illustrated by Lyn Severance.

Later the same week, on Wednesday, August 9th, the Sellwood-Moreland library staff will again be in Sellwood Park for the last big Summer Reading program of the year. Weigh anchor with 'Captain Bogg and Salty's Pirate Band' for an afternoon of rollicking fun for buccaneers of all ages. We will be setting sail at 2 pm with music, fun, and pirate crafts. We have some wonderful new pirate picture books to help our wee buccaneers get in a piratical mood. Try these titles: 'Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC' by June Sobel, illustrated by Henry Cole; 'The Night Pirates' by Peter Harris, illustrated by Deborah Allwright; and 'Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs' by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Russell Ayto.

And all the Multnomah County Branch Librarians would like to acknowledge all of our Summer Reading volunteers, who have taken the time out of their summer to help with the game. They have assisted participants with sign-ups, prize selections, organized prizes and summer reading forms, entered hundreds of participants in the database, and helped set up before and cleaned up after our great programs this year. Your librarians really would not be able to run such a large program successfully without this dedicated group of individuals, many participants themselves, coming in every week to staff the 'Summer Reading' station in your nearby branch of the county library system.