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West Linn aims to read 75,000 minutes

The West Linn Public Library is challenging its readers to read more than 75,000 minutes this summer, and when they do, local businesses have pledged to donate funds to PAWS Animal Shelter in West Linn.

The challenge begins June 13. Readers sign up beginning that date and keep a reading log. Prizes of paperback books or gift certificates for the annual book sale will be awarded as readers reach their individual goals.

To achieve the 75,000-minute goal, children need to read 500 minutes during the summer, which equates to 25 minutes per day for 25 days. Young teens, teens and adults need to accumulate 1,440 minutes of reading over the summer, which equates to one hour a day for 24 days.

Special events are planned throughout the summer for readers’ enjoyment.

Events are planned each Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. for children ages 4 through 12, starting with Jugglemania starring Rhys Thomas June 24. Thomas will present an afternoon of juggling, interactive comedy, magic and more.

Science Alliance, the young teen summer reading program, is for children entering grades four through eight. Special programs will be held at 2 p.m. each Wednesday, starting June 25 with Bubbleology.

Learn how bubbles are formed and some tricks on how to make them last.

The teen summer reading program is for teens entering sixth through 12th grade. Special events for this group alternate between evening and afternoon events.

The first event is a screening of the movie “Catching Fire,” to be held at 6:30 p.m. June 26.

For a complete list of events, visit the library website at westlinnoregon.gov/library.

The West Linn Public Library is located at 1595 Burns St. in West Linn. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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