Summer Reading is Here!

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Multnomah County Library’s 2016 summer reading program is officially live! Running from June 17 through August 31, the program provides incentives for kids to read over the summer. The program is open to kids of all ages – from newborns on up to teens.

If you’re new to the program, here’s what you need to know.

Go to your local library to pick up a game board. There are different game boards for different age ranges. Your kids will read or listen to books for a certain number of minutes (depending on their age) to advance on the game board. There also some bonus things you can do to advance a square – like attend a library event or write a story.

There are two checkpoints along the way. When your child hits one, you go to the library to collect a prize – like a book or a toy or coupons to local shops. At the very end you get a t-shirt (or a super-cute onesie if your little reader is little enough). And bragging rights.

On a personal note, we have done this program since I first learned about it when my son was a year (he’s six now). We look forward to it every summer. My kids always feel proud to bring in their checked-off game sheet, and love to wear their matching t-shirts at the end. Plus, it’s totally free!

Clackamas County, Washington CountyVancouver and Hood River County also all have summer reading programs.

Looking for summer reading picks? Check out these ideas from some of our favorite local bookstores.

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Ali Wilkinson is the Online Editor for PDX Parent, and is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at
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