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 for all ages.


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. Registration is required. 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

Books in the Park
The library is offering storytime at the park this summer during the Summer Food Service Program in partnership with Gilbert Creek Child Development Center. Books in the Park storytime begins as meals are being served at each of the following locations: Lawnridge Park, Reinhart Park, and Riverside Park. Children who attend will receive a free book to take home at the end of each storytime.

Lawnridge Park
June 18–July 31 on Tuesdays at 12 p.m.

Reinhart Park
June 18–July 31 on Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m.

Riverside Park
June 18–August 16 on Thursdays at 12 p.m.

Summer Meals Program
In partnership with Grants Pass School District 7, 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 17–August 16.

Grants Pass
Every Tuesday from 2–2:30 pm

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

Teen DIY Summer
Teens ages 13 and older are invited to join us for a summer of DIY creativity at the Grants Pass branch during the 2019 Summer Reading Program. Stop by for the following programs:

Galaxy jar
Wednesday, June 26 from 4–5 p.m.
Friday, June 28 from 4–5 p.m.
Make a calming galaxy jar that twinkles like the night sky while exploring chemistry principles.


DIY telescope
Friday, July 12 from 4–5 p.m.
Learn about the physics of concave and convex lenses while making a DIY telescope.

Light-up constellation canvas
Friday, July 26 from 4–5 p.m.
Participants will recreate the constellation of their choice (or make up their own design) using fairy lights and a canvas at this art-based program.


Books in Space
Adults can join the Summer Reading Program between June 22–August 3 by reading or listening to any books related to outer space. Give us your feedback about each book by completing a short questionnaire to be entered in a raffle for a gift card to a local business in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and/or Wolf Creek.

Exploring the Moon Landing
Join the Grants Pass Astronomers Club for a presentation celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16 at the Grants Pass branch. Participants will explore NASA history, learn about the Apollo 11 crew, and see photos of the 1969 moon landing.

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.



The library no longer charges fines on children and teen items. Eliminating fines ensures that all youth will have access to library books and materials and are able to participate in this year’s Summer Reading Program. Patrons will continue to be responsible for lost and damaged materials. After 20 days, replacement costs will be charged for lost items.




updated 7/5/2019