View Oregon Live’s photo essay of Forest Grove City Library celebrating kids who met their summer reading goal and rewarding them with books to keep and take home. One of the components of high-quality summer reading programs if giving away free books children and teens get to keep.
Ready to Learn is an ambitious early literacy project taking place in Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Baker, and Grant counties. The goal of this project is to increase kindergarten readiness, high school graduation, and matriculation to college by coordinating early childhood education across organizations and agencies and depositing money into Oregon College Savings Plans as an incentive to participating families. In addition, this project will be linking library usage statistics with children’s kindergarten readiness assessment results to show the impact of libraries.
Ready to Learn is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.
Oregon libraries that use the Ready to Read Grant to fund part or all of their summer reading program are required to use the statewide summer reading program (a.k.a. the Collaborative Summer Library Program). This means they must use the CSLP theme (this year underground) and slogan (this year Dig Into Reading and Beneath the Surface), but they are not required to use CSLP artwork. Washington County Cooperative Library System holds a teen summer reading art contest every year. This provides local teens with the opportunity to engage in a meaningful art project, vote to select the art they want to represent their program, and participate in their community by helping to promote their public library.
Congratulations to Kait Baird, this year’s winner!