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Not too late to sign up for 'Summer Reading Game'



by: SUBMITTED - This is the official logo of this years Multnomah County Library summer reading program.Summer is here, and that means the Summer Reading game is already in full swing at your neighborhood Multnomah County library branch. But, if you haven’t enrolled yet, the good news is that there is still time for kids of all ages to enroll, and to have an opportunity to win some great prizes – just by reading!

This program has evolved from its start in 1912 to become one of the nation’s most successful Summer Reading programs, thanks to the support of The Library Foundation. There were over 100,000 participants last year!

But it’s not only just for fun. Motivating kids to read over the summer makes a powerful difference in their long-term learning. Research has shown that the average student loses one month of learning time over the summer break, and disadvantaged students regress twice as much.

The biggest slide comes in reading, and these losses accumulate over time. By ninth grade, two-thirds of the overall class-based achievement gap in reading is attributable to what happens – or doesn’t happen – over the summer. That’s just one reason that Multnomah County Library provides an innovative, high-quality program to engage and motivate thousands of kids every summer.

So how does it work? Kids of all ages, from babies to teens, can come into any Multnomah County Library branch right now and sign up for Summer Reading. Babies? Yes, babies! The program is structured as a game, complete with a gameboard that kids and teens fill out as they read (or, in the case of pre-readers, are read to) over the summer.

Players earn prizes along the way as their gameboards are filled in; an assortment of age-appropriate incentives and gift certificates are available. All finishers receive a Summer Reading T-shirt (or Summer Reading onesie, in the case of those babies). Finishers are also entered into a grand prize drawing for a family vacation for four to Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington, as well as several runner-up prizes.

The Summer Reading program includes a wide array of fun and free events for kids and families.

On Wednesday, August 14, at 2:30 pm, “Tears of Joy Theatre” presents a bilingual tale of South America, in an interactive puppet show called “Clever Quwi: The Underground Adventures of a Trickster Guinea Pig”. The Sellwood Community Center has graciously allowed the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library to to use their large indoor space for this show, so meet us there for a tale of fun and trickery.

All summer, there will also be programs galore at Sellwood-Moreland Library, including a circus arts workshop, an anime and manga drawing class, an interactive program about honeybees, musical performances, a Crime Lab workshop, and lots more. For information, look for flyers at the library or search for events online at multcolib.org/events Your local librarians hope to see even more of you at your neighborhood branch library, now that the Multnomah County Library system is again open seven days a week, with restored longer hours on most days.