Summer Reading at Tualatin Public Library

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Tualatin Public Library. (Henry Kaus/Tualatin Life)

Summer’s here, and that means it’s time for Summer Reading at Tualatin Public Library! 

This year, Tualatin Library is challenging readers of all ages to complete a bingo card, which includes reading all kinds of books and enjoying different activities, such as visiting a local park. You can pick up your bingo card at the Tualatin Library during open hours or by visiting the Library’s website, tualatinoregon.gov/library. In July or August, readers can return their completed bingo card and receive free books. 

Each bingo also gets readers an entry into the grand prize drawings – and a blackout (or completing all the bingo squares) gets you 10 entries. This year’s prizes include gift certificates to Powell’s and Barnes & Noble, a tree house LEGO set, and a class for two at Live Laugh Love glassblowing studio. 

Summer Reading is important for youth because it helps prevent the “summer slide.” Children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to two months of learning by the time they return to school in the fall. However, children who participate in a Summer Reading Program and read at least six books over the summer score higher in reading and math when they return to school. 

To go along with the reading fun, Tualatin Library has some great programs planned, including: 

Science Spectacular:

Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Library plaza for some spectacular science. Librarians will be doing wacky science demonstrations and leading awesome science experiments. You can participate at the Library or at home. We’ll have bags with supplies available at the Library, and we’ll live stream the events on Facebook. 

Storytimes in the Parks: 

Join us at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays for fun stories and songs. We’ll be at Jurgens Park on July 7 and August 4, Atfalati Park on July 14 and August 11, Community Park on July 24, and Ibach Park on July 28. 

Science Bites at Tualatin Elementary: 

Join us at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays outside Tualatin Elementary where you can participate in fun science activities, sign up for Summer Reading and pick up a free lunch through Tigard-Tualatin School District’s lunch program. 

In addition, we have several online events planned for children, teens, and adults. Visit tualatinoregon.gov/library for information on how to participate. 

Summer Reading is made possible through the support of a Ready to Read grant from the State of Oregon and donations from the Friends of Tualatin Library.