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Summer will be a total adventure when you spend time reading. Sign up now for the reading programs at the West Linn Library.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: - Spend summer immersed in books.

The West Linn Public Library's annual summer reading program kicks off on Monday, June 19, with the slogan, "Build a Better World!"

Participation consists of tracking reading time over the summer along with exciting events and cool incentives. The Kid's Summer Reading Program runs through Aug. 31 and is open to children ages birth to fifth grade.

To sign up, simply visit the library beginning June 19 to pick up your reading packet. Each packet includes a reading log, calendar of events and various tickets from our sponsors. You can also register online and pick up your packet the next time you visit the library.

Once you join, you have all summer to read, or be read to, for at least 20 minutes a day for 25 days. You can read at the library, at home, while on vacation, on the beach — anywhere! Once your reading log is completed, return it to the library to pick up additional incentives (including a token for up to $5 off your library fines) and enter grand prize raffles.

This program reinforces consistent reading habits while school is out to combat the "summer slide," or literacy loss experienced over this long break. Recent research from the University of Rochester Medical Center shows that the most effective strategy to prevent the loss of reading skills is to allow children to select their own reading materials. We couldn't agree more, which is why our program allows participants to do just that. And of course, if you need help finding just the right book, we'll be happy to share our favorite titles.

As part of the Summer Reading program, we're offering a variety of special events for children that will be hosted at the Willamette Park Main Stage, 1900 Volpp St. These events take place on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. beginning June 27.

June 27: Presto the Magician

July 11: Creature Feature

July 18: Jugglemania presents Fuzzy Logic

July 25: Storytelling through Music and Dance with Okaidja Afroso

Aug. 1: Come Alive! Inspiring Kid's Creativity and Desire to Read with the Zaniac

Aug. 8: Border Collie International Performing K-9 Team

Aug. 15: History is Child's Play with the West Linn Historical Society

For the youngest readers, Summer Storytimes will run from June 28-Aug. 17. Book Babies (birth-12 months) is on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., Toddler Storytime (ages 1-3) is on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) is on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

The library also offers reading programs for teens and adults throughout the summer. Sign up the entire family to join the summer reading fun. Stop by or visit our website (westlinnlibrary.org) for more information and full schedules for all ages.

Sarah Flathman is the children's librarian at the West Linn Public Library, located at 1590 Burns St.

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