POLK COUNTY -- Libraries in Polk County are starting their summer reading programs for children.
The Independence Public Library kicked off its summer youth reading program, "Trails of Discovery -- Take Flight at Your Library," June 8.
Youth ages 3 to 17 can come to the library to sign up for their reading "flight plans." Every three hours of reading or being read to earns the participants a prize. The program runs eight weeks, ending July 29 with a grand finale at the Independence Airpark.
Family storytime starts 10:15 a.m. every Tuesday. Programs for school-age kids start at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Each week will feature different reading themes, presentations and related activities.
On June 15, the Oregon Coast Aquarium crew will bring its "Shark!" program to the library.
Other upcoming programs include: Splash Down! Build a Float Plane on June 16, Search and Rescue on June 22 and music by Rick Meyers June 29.
An annual event, the summer reading program this year commemorates the Polk County Chapter of the Oregon Pilots Association and the Independence Airpark Homeowners Associations who donated to the new library.
More information is available by calling Debby DeSoer at 503-838-1811.
"Discover New Trails at Monmouth Public Library," the library's summer reading program for children and teens, runs Tuesday, June 15, to Thursday, Aug. 5.
The program is designed to encourage children to read for fun as well as maintain their reading skills.
The program has two parts. Children who sign up receive a trail map to track their reading and other activities. As they reach landmarks along the trail, they can bring the map to the library to be stamped and receive a reward.
When they finish, they receive a free book and other prizes.
The second part of the program features weekly events with guest performers and story times and crafts.
The program was paid for by grants from the Oregon Library association, the Ford family Foundation, the Ready to Read grant from the State Library and other local donors.
Tuesdays, 2 p.m.
♦ Family stories and crafts.
Thursdays, 4 p.m.
♦ Special guests.
Thursday, June 17
♦ Reptile Man's live animal show.
Thursday, June 24
♦ Leapin' Louie: juggler and unicycle rider.
Thursday, July 1
♦ Mad Science: Fire and Ice.
Thursday, July 8
♦ Jack Gladstone: Native American storyteller.
Thursday, July 15
♦ Hart's Reptile World.
Thursday, July 22
♦ Rick Myers: Old Time Music Show.
Thursday, July 29
♦ Greta Pederson: Camp songs
Thursday, Aug. 5
♦ Finale: Crafts, sing-a-longs, scary stories, s'mores, and prizes.
More information is available by calling Youth Librarian Louise Meyers at 503-838-1932.
Children can come to the Wagner Library in Falls City for a summer reading program called "Discover New Trails at Your Library."
Kids in kindergarten to sixth grade are invited to visit the library for guests (including a clown and
storytellers), arts and crafts and, of course, books.
The program runs from Mondays June 21 to July 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.