Washington County, Oregon: The long days of summer are just around the corner. Librarians across Washington County have been hard at work preparing for the 2019 Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) Summer Reading program, and it all starts on Saturday, June 1. We invite you to stop by your library to experience an exciting summer of FUN!
From June through August the public libraries in Washington County offer summer reading programs designed for pre-readers, youth, teens and adults. According to WCCLS Youth Services Librarian, Bryce Kozla, “kids who read for fun in the summer do better when they return to school in the fall. And it is not just in reading. Kids who read over summer can keep their skills strong in all subject areas.” That is why when it comes to summer reading, we often think of children first. But with WCCLS - summer reading is wrapped up in a whole lot of fun – for Readers of All Ages! The best part of Adult Summer Reading according to participants is the weekly email newsletters, which offer a different theme every week with book recommendations, trivia, and reader polls. Last year 41% of adult summer readers reported discovering a new author, series or genre and 39% read more than they usually do!
Something for Everyone This Summer
A Universe of Stories– with Three Countywide Performers for Youth!
This summer our libraries in Washington County will offer hundreds of fun, free activities to entertain and educate kids age 18 and younger! In addition, WCCLS brings three performers to each of our 16 member libraries designed to engage and entertain elementary and pre-reader age kids. Dates and times are listed on our website (www.wccls.org/srp):
- Angel Ocasio's Comedy Show & More: Kids of all ages will be giggling and amazed with Angel’s comedy, music, magic and juggling feats! It’s sure to be a wacky show filled with silly antics, ukulele playing and fun bilingual singalongs.
- Japanese Drum and Dance: Takohachi’s Q-ensemble: Join Portland’s favorite Taiko ensemble for a memorable event of cultural, musical and educational essences. This show features powerful Taiko drums, beautiful bamboo flute, unique Shamisen music, dance, story and more!
- Songs in English and Spanish: Nathalia: Children’s songwriter Nathalia uses a bilingual approach to engage families in a musical performance. Enjoy exciting themes of space exploration to cruising down the Amazon River, while her infectious songs will have you singing, dancing, and learning a little Spanish, in a fun multicultural experience!
A Universe of Stories – With Game Truck! For Teens
Washington County libraries offer cool programs for teens this year with Game Truck! Loaded with a massive library of video games, a climate controlled game theater is pulling up to your local WCCLS library this summer! Live action more your speed? Join Game Truck for a round of laser tag. Enjoy life-sized Jenga and other games while you wait your turn at each event! Check with your local library as to which program they are offering. Dates and times are listed on our website (www.wccls.org/tsrp).
WCCLS Reads! For Adults
Summer reading isn’t just for kids. And WCCLS libraries make the summer fun for adults with great events, fun prizes for book lovers, and perfect book suggestions in your inbox. Share your favorite reads, connect to your community, and make new friends through WCCLS Reads: Summer Reading for Adults 2019.
Sign up online at www.wccls.org/asrp or at your library through July 31. Be sure to get our weekly WCCLS Reads email newsletters with reading recommendations and event information through the end of August. Too busy for emails? Use #wcclsreads on social media to share your favorite summer reading pictures, books and more.
And don’t forget to check with your local WCCLS library for more prizes, events, and personalized recommendations, too. WCCLS libraries are hosting a slew of events for adults – for details check out the fun at www.wccls.org/calendar.
Countywide Prizes for Summer Reading Kids
For youth and teen summer reading participants, up to age 18, we have great reading rewards from community partners who share our passion for literacy – the Portland Trail Blazers, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation, Portland Thorns/Timbers T2, Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center, Oaks Amusement Park and the Oregon State Fair. Each member library will also offer a special summer reading drawing featuring certificates from Literary Arts and the Trail Blazers sometime during the summer – ask your librarian for local details.
In addition to the prize sponsors listed above, we wish to thank several community partners who contribute to the promotion of the WCCLS Summer Reading program, including PDX Parent, Comcast, Pamplin Media Group and The Oregonian.
We look forward to seeing readers of all ages this summer in the library and online!
The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) includes: Banks Public Library, Beaverton City Library, Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls, Cedar Mill Community Library, Cedar Mill Community Library @ 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. Two specialty libraries are also a part of the Cooperatives library card service — the Oregon College of Art & Craft and the Tuality Health Education Resource Center.