Imagine Your Story

Library offers free virtual Summer Reading Program

Although the library’s doors are temporarily closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the community is invited to join the free virtual Summer Reading Program from June 1 through August 23 with activities and raffles for all ages.

Community members can look for updates each week in the Sunday edition of the Grants Pass Daily Courier and Wednesday’s Country Weekly for fun activities and recommended reading for all age groups and skill levels. Visit the library website at for printable coloring pages, online tips, digital events, and more.

Summer reading programs have long been acknowledged by researchers and the general public as key to the long-term academic success of students. Numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer months prevents “summer reading loss,” which can have a cumulative effect. Studies show that by the end of sixth grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates.

A library card is not needed to take part, however instant online library cards are available to all Josephine County residents at no cost. Anyone who uses their instant online library card to access ebooks, audiobooks, or other digital resources through the library from June 1 through August 23 will be automatically entered in a weekly raffle to win gift cards to support local businesses.

The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program is “Imagine Your Story.” Funding for the Children’s Summer Reading Program is made possible by the Oregon State Library Ready to Read Grant and the Grants Pass Friends of the Library.

For more information about specific Summer Reading Program activities, visit, email, or call 541-476-0571.