As if it weren’t fun enough just to read a good story, reading gets even easier when free hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, Portland Timbers and Trail Blazers tickets, henna tattoos, free rides at the Washington County Fair and amusement park discounts and more are the incentive.

The annual summer reading program hosted by Washington County Cooperative Library Services runs June through August, and entices kids, teens and adults to pick up a good read.

When it’s too hot to stay outside or it’s time to wind down after a day of summer fun, kids are encouraged to follow the theme “Dig into Reading,” teens to follow a “Beneath the Surface” theme, and adults should check out “Groundbreaking Reads.”

Washington County libraries are hosting hundreds of free educational and fun events this summer for adults and children, along with prizes for reaching summer-reading goals, improving academic skills and inspiring a life-long love of learning. Each local library will also hold drawings throughout the summer.

An adult summer-reading author talk will feature Portland author Cheryl Strayed, who wrote the best-seller, “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.” Head to Southridge High School, 9625 S.W. 125th Ave. in Beaverton at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26.

The Cornelius Public Library, 1355 N. Barlow St., hosts a summer-reading performer at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, when Nature Detectives will teach participants about animal tracks, movement, interactions and habitat. On Friday, June 28, Oregon’s honored Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen, will visit the Cornelius Library to discuss her work at 6:30 p.m.

At the Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave., interactive and entertaining experiments in a Mad Science show for kids in grades first through sixth will start at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 13. Buck and Elizabeth (think comedy, music and ventriloquism) perform for children Tuesday, June 18, at 10:15 a.m. Reptile Man shares his scaly menagerie at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20. BJ the Clown visits Tuesday, June 25, at 10:15 a.m. and Mo Phillips will bring his rock ’n roll that’s sure to gets kids out of their seats at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 27.

Banks and North Plains libraries are all also participating in the summer-reading program. To sign up, for a complete schedule and for a full list of prizes, visit or call 503-846-3235.

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