What's Inside: Reading program needs more volunteers, Library hosts oddities.

FILE PHOTO - Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood RiverRep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River, introduced legislation creating a coordinated program to ensure all Oregon students can read at grade level by the end of third grade.

The "Age 3 to Grade 3 Reading Initiative," HB 3455, would have the Oregon Department of Education award grants to school districts that commit to implementing early reading programs focusing on students who are likely to be a grade level behind or who are struggling to read. Johnson serves on the Hood River County School Board in addition to the legislature.

If passed, HB 3455 would take effect in the summer of 2018. The Department of Education could establish a pilot program during the 2017-2018 school year.

Johnson's district stretches from Hood River County to East Gresham, Corbett and Boring.

Reading program needs volunteers

The Multnomah County Library is looking for a few good teens and adults to volunteer for the popular summer reading program.

Teens can earn volunteer hours for school and gain valuable skills. To qualify students must be going into 6th grade in the fall and be available for one two-hour shift per week for at least eight weeks between June 16 and Aug. 31.

Applicants will be interviewed and trained. For more information and to download an application visit or your library branch.

Library hosts oddities

The Gresham Library will host the Museum of Curious Things, a traveling collection of the unusual from around the world.

Hip comedian Matt Baker will show off the museum's bizarre inventions, crypto-zoological samples, anatomical oddities, unusual taxidermy, medical mishaps and historical mysteries.

Best for teens, the museum will be around from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 at 385 N.W. Miller Ave. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

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