By Natasha Forrester Campbell
Hollywood Library youth librarian
Many of us are familiar with the old saying about in summertime the livin’ is easy … well, as easy as life gets these days. Kids are out of school, Oregon weather leans towards the glorious, and the neighborhood is bustling with farmer’s markets, family walks, playing in the parks, and summer fun for all ages at Hollywood Library.
The library has hosted a Summer Reading game for decades, and over the years it has morphed and expanded to include everyone from babies through teens. This summer’s game, made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation, starts on June 16.
For anyone who has played the game before, the 2017 game will be a mix of familiar and new. Kids will continue to track their reading to earn prizes, this year using a new calendar format. Other exciting changes include a new gameboard just for grades 6-8 and a new, teen-approved format for high schoolers. All gameboards have been designed to help kids and teens develop a daily reading habit.
Thanks to a partnership with Portland Public Schools, all students currently enrolled at PPS will be signed up for the Summer Reading game automatically! Be on the lookout for the gameboards coming home in school bags in June, or get signed up at a Multnomah County Library location any time on or after June 16.
And adults shouldn’t feel left out — the Friends of the Library sponsors an Adult Summer Reading game so you can play too! But whether or not you are playing the Summer Reading game, the library is a hub of summer fun. Here are just a few offerings that will make your summer sweeter:
- Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, comics, magazines, movies, TV shows and music, perfect for use in planes, trains or automobiles. Don’t know how to download items to your device? Make an appointment for some dedicated staff time to help you learn!
- DVDs, Blu-rays and CDs for the for the films, shows and music you’ve been meaning to catch up on.
- Print books for every interest from travel guides to farmer’s market cooking, and every genre from sci fi to suspense.
- Free events and activities for all ages.
No matter what your summer plans entail, Multnomah County Library is your one-stop shop for vacation entertainment at the beach, the mountains, the park down the street, or in your own living room. We look forward to seeing you this summer.