Library offers free Summer Reading Program for all ages

Josephine Community Library invites the community to join the 2021 Summer Reading Program from June 12 through August 19 with activities, recommended reading, and prizes for all ages. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program is “Reading Colors Your World.”

Participants can track their reading using the online reading tracker and earn prizes. Weekly program updates can be found in the Daily Courier, the Country Weekly, and on the library website at josephinelibrary.org and will include fun activities, programs, resources for all ages, and more.

In addition, special events include:

  • A Storybook Walk in Grants Pass and Cave Junction featuring the classic Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.
  • Matt Sandbank’s Shadow Factory virtual puppet show on Saturday, June 26.
  • Virtual art programs for adults and teens in partnership with the Grants Pass Museum of Art in July
  • …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 and can be used to access ebooks, audiobooks, or other digital resources. To get a physical library card, community members can visit their preferred branch in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, or Wolf Creek during open hours.

For more information about the 2021 Summer Reading Program, the library’s reopening plan, or current library services, visit josephinelibrary.org, send an email to info@josephinelibrary.org, or call 541-476-0571.

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