All ages are invited to sign-up and log hours for prizes

Today is the day for the official launch of the 2014 Washington County Cooperative Library Services Summer Reading program.

Readers of all ages are invited to pop into their neighborhood library and sign-up for a summer of literary adventures.

For adults, summer reading often means finally finding enough hours in your day to read that best seller that has been sitting on your nightstand for the past six months. But this year, Washington County libraries want to help you make it mean just a little bit more.

From June through August, the public libraries will offer four unique summer reading programs designed for pre-readers, youth, teens and adults.

According to WCCLS Director Eva Calcagno, “It is well documented that kids who read for pleasure in the summer retain academic skills and do better when they return to school in the fall. And it is not just in reading. Kids who do not read over the summer can slide backward in all subject areas. This can mean big losses in overall literacy growth compared to children who continue learning all year long.”

This summer, for young participants the cooperative is bringing to all 15 libraries:

• The Charlie Brown Show — Comedy and daring feats of juggling all rolled up into one guy, affectionately known as Charlie Brown. Expect juggling fun for the whole family.

• Mad Science: Spin! Pop! Boom! – Watch in awe as mad scientists create a variety of erupting experiments.

• Red Yarn: Deep Woods Naturalist — Calling all naturalists. Sing, dance and laugh along with Red Yarn and his lovable critters as they take you on a scientific journey into the Deep Woods.

This year, teen summer readers can learn to draw a creature, scale up the drawing using a grid, make a pattern with seam allowance and then hand-sew they’re very own Ugly Doll. Visit the events calendar for dates and locations at

For participants up to age 18, libraries also have reading rewards from community partners, including the Portland Trail Blazers, Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation swim centers, Portland Thorns and Oaks Amusement Park.

Adults may also participate in the summer reading program and register as a reader online to have the chance to win an iPad Mini. Participants can take advantage of book lists to find new authors, or meet other bibliophiles at library programs this summer. Readers are invited to post their own book reviews to the catalog and library social media sites.

On July 8, 9 and 10, the cooperative hosts special events with author, activist, journalist and blogger Cory Doctorow. Author of bestselling novel "Little Brother," Doctorow will be speaking about how technology and politics affect our lives as readers and citizens.

The Washington County Cooperative Library Services includes: Banks Public Library, Beaverton City Library, Beaverton City Library at Murray Scholls, Cedar Mill Community Library, Cedar Mill Community Library at Bethany, Cornelius Public Library, Forest Grove City Library, Garden Home Community Library, Hillsboro Public Libraries (Main and Shute Park), North Plains Public Library, Sherwood Public Library, Tigard Public Library, Tualatin Public Library, and West Slope Community Library.

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