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Party to celebrate summer reading in Tualatin

Live music, refreshments at Martinazzi Avenue library

The Tualatin Public Library is wrapping up its summer reading program by throwing an all-ages party on Sunday.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the library is inviting participants in this year's Kid's Summer Reading Club to come celebrate as the final numbers for summer reading — how many total minutes the Tualatin community spent reading this summer — are revealed. There will also be live music, with children's performer Lori Henriques singing and playing the piano.

The party will feature family-friendly activities and refreshments. The beloved children's character Clifford the Big Red Dog is also expected to make a special appearance.

Children's activities will be held in the kids' room at the library. Henriques, a Portland-based musician who writes and performs jazzy music for kids, will be playing by the hearth area.

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

Summer reading is an annual tradition at the Tualatin Public Library, as well as at many other libraries throughout the country. A free book is available to each of this year's participants, with a bonus book for anyone who fills out their reading log by the end of August and brings it back to the library.

There will also be a grand prize drawing on Sept. 3 for participants who completed their logs. Prizes this year include a family membership to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, tickets to a Portland Trail Blazers game, and jumbo stuffed animals.

Julie Wickman, a library specialist, said the goal for the summer reading program this year was to have the community spend a combined 2.5 million minutes reading.

“We just hit the 2 million mark and hope to have hit the mark by Sunday,” she said in an email Tuesday evening. “We will have an announcement of the numbers, although technically not final as folks have until the end of the day on Aug. 31 to turn in their reading records.”