Summer Reading Program 2019

June 22nd–August 3rd

Families are invited to join “A Universe of Stories,” the free Summer Reading Program at any of the four branches in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek from June 22 through August 3.

  • Children age birth through 12 years old can enjoy creative crafts, fun activities, and earn prizes by participating in the Summer Reading Program.
  • Teens can earn a weekly raffle ticket for each book read, and the chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Oregon Books and Games.
  • Parents who sign their children up for the Summer Reading Program will be entered to win a $100 gift card to Fred Meyer drawn at the end of the program.

A current library card is not required to participate in the Summer Reading Program. All children living in Josephine County age four and older are eligible for a free library card whether or not they live within the library district boundary.

how it works

During the six-week program the library will offer fun and engaging space-themed crafts and activities at all four branches.

The summer reading booklet is the official guide to the Summer Reading Program. Each child will get a booklet upon sign-up at any of the four library branches in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, or Wolf Creek. It includes important information about the weekly themes, schedule of crafts and activities, reading logs, and activities for children to do at home.

Participants have a chance to earn prizes by reading or being read to and by completing activities throughout the program.

The program is completely free and offered during regular library hours at all four branches.

summer  events

Join us for some extra summer fun during these Summer Reading Program special events.

Bugs-R-Us presents “Dinosaurs!”
Go back in time and learn about 15 different species of dinosaurs with real fossils and have fun excavating dinosaur eggs. Learn what era each dinosaur came from and all about modern-day dinos. Space is limited.

Grants Pass
Friday, July 26 from 1:30–2:30 pm
Thursday, August 8 from 10:30–11:30 am

Illinois Valley
Friday, August 2 from 11:30–12:30 pm

Tuesday, August 6 from 2–3 pm

Summer Meals Program
In partnership with Three Rivers School District and the Summer Food Service Program, the library will provide sack lunches for youth ages 1–18 at the Grants Pass and Illinois Valley branches from June 13–August 18.

Grants Pass
Every Tuesday from 2–2:30 pm

Illinois Valley
Every Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30 am–12:30 pm

more information

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 slide,” which can have a cumulative effect. Studies show that by the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading skills over the summers are two years behind their classmates.

For more information, contact, 541-476-0571.

Funding for the Children’s Summer Reading Program is made possible each year by the Oregon State Library Ready to Read grant.



updated 5/17/2019