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Summer Reading Programs 2018
Summer vacation is here and it’s a great time to start planning different activities for your kids. Summer reading programs hosted by local public libraries and businesses are a fantastic way to encourage your children to read (or be read to) and earn prizes for doing it!
In this post, I have listed national summer reading programs as well as local programs in Western Oregon and SW Washington.
National Summer Reading Programs
Kids earn a FREE book when they read eight. Click the link above for more information and to download the reading journal. The site also includes downloadable activities.
Log in minutes read to enter the Summer Reading Challenge for digital rewards.
Print a reward chart and kids get 10 Check E. Cheese tokens upon completion. There are also incentive charts for just about anything you want your kids to do.
Western Oregon & SW Washington Summer Reading Programs
Visit any Multnomah County Library to sign-up and get a reading game board. Reach a prize marker on the game board and visit the library for a reward, which includes books, passes for free activities and food coupons for local restaurants. Finishers also receive a t-shirt.
Multnomah County has some of the best rewards (including a library card fine clean-up which someone in our family will be selecting this summer…), but the prizes tend to dwindle into August, so make sure you visit as soon as your child finishes a section on their game board to have the best selection.
Each of the following libraries have slightly different prizes and timelines. Many locations are also hosting special summer programs, usually one per week. You must register for each library’s program by the end of July.
- West Linn Public Library
- Wilsonville Public Library
- Oregon City Public Library
- Gladstone Public Library
- Lake Oswego Public Library
- Canby Public Library
- Milwaukie Ledding Library
- Oak Ridge & Sunnyside Libraries
- Molalla Public Library
- Beaverton City Library
- Forest Grove City Library
- Sherwood Public Library
- Tigard Public Library
- Tualatin Public Library
- Aloha Library
- Hillsboro Public Library
- General Washington County program info
- Salem Public Library
- Dallas Public Library
- Springfield Public Library
- Albany Public Library
- Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
- Eugene Public Library
- Newport Public Library
- Seaside Public Library
- Tillamook County Library
- Astoria Public Library
- Coos Bay Library
- Driftwood Public Library (Lincoln City)
- Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (Battle Ground, Vancouver, Goldendale, La Center, North Bonneville, Ridgefield, Stevenson, Washougal, White Salmon, and Woodland Libraries)
- Camas Public Library
- Longview Public Library
- Kelso Library
Watch our Facebook Live video below with tons of great ideas for free or super cheap activities in and around Portland!
Looking for more Pacific Northwest fun? Check out these resources:
Portland Family Fun Guide — A gigantic list of affordable, family-friendly activities, events, and attractions in Portland
Pacific Northwest Summer Fairs & Festivals — A huge list of Oregon and Washington fairs, festivals, and special summer events
Portland Staycation Ideas — Tons of ways to enjoy Portland this summer
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