A summer full of catapult-making, ukulele performances, seminars on Oregon hikes, live action Pac-Man and lots of juggling is coming to the Tillamook County Libraries.
By Jordan Wolfe
Gearing up for their annual Summer Reading Program that starts on June 15 and continues through August 20, Sara Charlton, Tillamook County library director said, “There is something going on every week at every branch.”
She added that their main goal is to keep people’s minds going through summer with reading and social activities.
“It’s a scientific fact: If kids read at least 15 minutes a day, they will keep the grade level they left at.”
Between 700 to 1,000 kids sign up for the Summer Reading Program, around 100 teens and 800 to 1,000 adults, she said, adding there are prizes for reading through the summer.
However, Summer Reading Program includes even more than books. And it is all free.
“We have real, live, high quality programs,” she said, “Kids love them and people over 50 want to have fun and be entertained.”
Charlton said, during the two months of Summer Reading, the libraries of Tillamook County will offer over 60 programs that cater to both children and adults.
“We have found that we have become community centers. Kids and teens get to be together and make friends. And adults make friends, too.”
The program that will kickoff Summer Reading for the adults, will be Pet Celebration Day on Wednesday, June 15 in Tillamook. Charlton said it is a day of activities at the library for people and their pets. Other adult programs throughout the summer include best Oregon hikes, sock monkey crafting, and a civil war era one-act play. She added that four years ago, the libraries offered only one adult program. The popularity led to more money being put into the, now weekly, adult programs for Summer Reading.
“Almost 200 people come when we have Reptile Man. He’ll be at almost every branch,” she said of one of the most popular kids programs.
The Bug Chicks, who are now doing commercials for Microsoft, will be returning this year, according to Charlton. She added that Tillamook County libraries will be the only ones they will be visiting this year.
Teens, who receive a free book upon sign-up, get to experience activities such as Live Action PacMan and an after-hours scavenger hunt, which Charlton added has been a favorite for the teens.
“It’s an intense couple of months. We don’t get anything else done but shelve books and check-out. It’s like having a party in here everyday,” Charlton said. “At the end, we just want to go curl up with a book.”
For more information, contact the Tillamook County Library Main Branch at 503-842-4792 or the Manzanita Branch at 503-368-6665.