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Day of activities will kick off Tualatin Library's summer reading program

Music for children, donuts for teens and more to draw people to the library for summer reading signups.

FILE - Aimee Meuchel, teen services librarian at the Tualatin Public Library, said the library is challenging patrons of all ages to spend a combined 50,000 hours reading this summer.Wednesday will be a big day for the Tualatin Public Library, as summer reading kicks off in anticipation of summer break for local students.

Library patrons of all ages can sign up for summer reading and begin tracking the number of hours they spend reading over the next three months. Teenagers will even receive a free book and donut if they sign up between 4 and 6 p.m.

“It's a new thing,” teen services librarian Aimee Meuchel said of the donut giveaway. She credited the library's teen advisory council with coming up with the idea, as well as Donut Land, a donut shop located at 19350 S.W. Boones Ferry Road in Tualatin, for donating the treats.

In past years, Meuchel noted, the library has put on a carnival-type event to celebrate the beginning of summer reading. But with June 1 falling in the middle of the week this year, she said library staff decided to hold the carnival in August and put on other activities for the kickoff event.

Summer reading is a long-established tradition at the Tualatin Library and many others.

“Studies show that kids who keep reading or being read to during the summer don't experience what's called 'summer slide,'” Meuchel said. “So they don't go back a few months, they stay where they left school at, so the first couple of months of school aren't that re-education — instead, they're learning new things.”

She added that reading by adults can model positive behavior for their children so the program has expanded to include all ages.

On Wednesday, the library is bringing in kids musician Mo Phillips to play at the hearth area at 11 a.m. In the evening, magician Adam the Great will perform tricks all over the library starting at 6 p.m., and Joe Baker and The Kitchen Men will perform their fusion of hot jazz, blues and hillbilly music in the hearth area starting at 7 p.m.

The library is challenging patrons to spend 50,000 total hours reading this summer, Meuchel said. Last year, patrons reported reading about 42,000 hours.

“Fifty thousand pushed it a little, but hopefully, we'll get there,” said Meuchel.

Setting a challenge helps create a “community goal” for Tualatin residents and other library patrons to work toward, Meuchel explained.

Summer reading signups will be available through the end of July.

The library is located at 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave.

By Mark Miller
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