Libraries that give away free books for children and teens to keep and/or provide free library cards to children birth through high school graduation during the summer:

Deschutes Public Library and its branches

(541) 617-7097


Deschutes gives away books to summer reading participants when they turn in their first “I read 3 hours” coupon. This provides kids an attainable goal early in the program, and getting a new book motivates them to keep reading the rest of the summer.

Hermiston Public Library

(541) 567-2882

Hermiston offers free books as one of the prizes children and teens may select upon completion of the summer reading program.

Newberg Public Library

(503) 538-7323

Newberg Public Library is a city library which means those who live outside the city limits are not eligible for a free library card.  As part of the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service district, Newberg provides a free library card to children under 14 years old who live in the district.  The CCRLS CARE Card allows youth to check out up to 25 children’s and young adult materials.  However, the rural areas just outside of Newberg are not within the CCRLS district so those youth are not eligible for the district’s CARE Card. Newberg Public Library goes above and beyond by providing free library cards to children in those rural areas that are outside the library and the CCRLS service area.  This ensures all local children have free access to library material which is especially important during the summer when schools are closed.

St. Helens Public Library

(541) 427-3735

St. Helens offers drawings for books that correlate with the summer reading theme.  For example, during the 2010 Make A Splash–READ summer reading program, they presented Flush Week and had drawings for the books Flush by Carl Hiaasen and The Toilet Paper Tigers by Gordon Korman.


Sweet Home City Library

(541) 367-5007

Linn County has a number of people who do not live in a library service area therefore typically have to pay for library cards.  In 2011, Sweet Home issued 284 temporary library cards so children and teens could fully participate in the summer reading program no matter where they live.


Woodburn Public Library

(503) 982-5262

Woodburn provides free books to children and teens at the beginning of summer when they sign up to participate in the summer reading program. This ensures that kids have at least one book of their own to read as they strive to meet their summer reading goal.