June 15–August 10Summer Reading Program

The 2024 Summer Reading Program theme is A Journey Awaits: Where books are your passport and imagination is your destination sponsored by Evergreen Federal Bank, Josephine Community Library Foundation, and the State Library of Oregon’s Ready to Read grant.

Register or login to an existing account

Register as an individual reader or use your login information to register multiple family members under the same account. Community members of all ages who participated in last year can login to an existing account to join the 2024 Summer Reading Program.

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Passport and stamps

Collect weekly “stamps’’ by filling out the weekly reading log in the free Summer Reading Program passport and by attending library events. Passports can be picked up at your preferred branches in Grants Pass, Williams, or Wolf Creek upon registration or click below to view the printable PDF. Registered participants are automatically entered into a raffle to win a grand prizes at the end of the Summer Reading Program. Each hour read earns one raffle ticket.

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Featured events

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Teen Bad Artists Club

Join us every Thursday from 5–7 pm at the Grants Pass branch and collect weekly stickers, listen to music, and make bad art with new friends.

The cover of the children's book, "Spanish Tortilla" by Sandra Siemens.

Storybook Walk

During July, find the Pop-Up Storybook Walk featured at select Summer Food Oregon locations, local parks, and other places in Josephine County.

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Summer Reading Program Bingo

Pick up the adult Summer Reading Program Bingo at your preferred branch or print the PDF. Completion prizes are available while supplies last.

Week 1 | Time Travel | June 16–22

Create a time capsule | 1–4 pm at open branches

Bugs-R-Us | Tuesday, June 18 | Grants Pass | 11 am–12 pm & 1–2 pm
Bugs-R-Us | Wednesday, June 19 | Wolf Creek | 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Bugs-R-Us | Friday, June 21 | Grants Pass | 10:30–11:30 am
Bugs-R-Us | Friday, June 21 | Williams | 1–2 pm
Zoro the Drummer Author Talk | Saturday, June 22 | Grants Pass | 1–2 pm

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Week 2 | Around the World | June 23–29

Texture Collage | 1–4 pm at open branches

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Week 3 | Inner World | June 30–July 6

“How does your hand work?” Experiment | 1–4 pm at open branches

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Week 4 | Outer Space | July 7–13

“How do we see Outer Space?” | 1–4 pm at open branches

Among the Stars | Friday, July 12 | Grants Pass | 2–3:30 pm
Among the Stars | Saturday, July 13 | Wolf Creek | 1:30–3 pm
Among the Stars | Saturday, July 13 | Williams | 4:30–6 pm

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Week 5 | Oceans | July 14–20

Underwater Suncatcher | 1–4 pm at open branches

Journey Under the Sea | Saturday, July 20 | Grants Pass | 1:30–3 pm

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Week 6 | Into the Unknown | July 21–27

Build Your Own Structure | 1–4 pm at open branches

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Week 7 | Great Outdoors | July 28–August 3

Nature Journal | 1–4 pm at open branches

Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve | Friday, August 2 | Wolf Creek | 1–2 pm
Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve | Friday, August 2 | Grants Pass | 3:30–4:30 pm
Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve | Saturday, August 3 | Williams | 10–11 am

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Week 8 | No Place Like Home | August 4–10

The Colors of Oregon | 1–4 pm at open branches

Takelma Bilingual Storytime | Friday, August 9 | Grants Pass | 2–3 pm

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Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program offers free meals to all youth without any paperwork, income verification, and regardless of immigration status.

Find a Summer Meals site near you

Food Hero

With Food Hero, you can budget for, plan, and create countless healthy, super tasty meals and learn how to grow your own food.

Visit Food Hero

Lemonade Day

Youth can register to join Lemonade Day by June 21 sponsored by the Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce. Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success.

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Thank you sponsors

Josephine Community Library and the Grants Pass Daily Courier have partnered to ensure children of all ages continue reading over summer. Each week, look for additional summer reading activities, recommended reading, and opportunities to win prizes in the Sunday edition of the Daily Courier and the Wednesday Country Weekly.

Other sponsors include Brownell’s Electric, Concierge Security, Cynthia Harelson CPA, Evergreen Federal Bank, Grants Pass Surgery Center, Josephine Community Library Foundation, Robco, Inc., Robinson Orthodontics, Roe Motors, the State Library of Oregon, and Welch Investment Group.

By supporting the Summer Reading Program, our sponsors are investing in education and literacy in our community for years to come.