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Kids get creative at the LO Pubic Library thanks to the Summer Reading Program

PMG PHOTO: CLAIRE HOLLEY - Youth Services Librarian Allison Staley helps Lucy Singer-Brown create her galaxy jar.The Summer Reading Program in Lake Oswego is popular every year, but according to Library Youth Services Manager Andrea Milano, this summer's participation has been through the roof.

The theme this year is "A Universe of Stories," and Milano said the space theme has really gotten kids excited. "We've had so much fun with this theme," she said. "We've already surpassed our turnout from last year, and people are still signing up."

Summer reading themes each year are chosen on a national level, and local libraries choose how to incorporate the national resources into their program. This year, Library Youth and Technical Services Manager Andrea Milano and other library staff members were quite fond of the theme, and have decorated the library with out-of-this world decorations, and planned much of their summer programming around the theme.

The week of July 15 featured five days of activities and crafts for summer readers. On Tuesday, the children's library was filled with creative kiddos as elementary-aged students created "Zen Galaxy Jars" using cotton balls, paint and glitter — and a little help from library volunteers.

Kids filled glass jars with their unique mix of the materials, some going crazy with glitter and others opting for a more reserved approach, to create mini-galaxies.

"The kids have been loving the theme, and the turnout has been really good," Milano said. "I mean, we've been making slime and asteroid shooters, what's not to like?"

While a lot of summer reading is focused on fun activities, it's still a reading program. Milano said the library tracks the amount of minutes that all kids enrolled in the program collectively read. As of July 12, summer reading participants had logged 107,608 minutes. PMG PHOTO: CLAIRE HOLLEY - Staley helps summer readers with their galaxy jars.

There will be another week of activities Aug. 5-9 from 2-3 p.m. each day, and the annual Summer Party at Rossman Park will be held Aug.14 from 2-4 p.m.

To sign your child up for the summer reading program, visit the LO Public Library at 706 4th St. Teen and adult participants can also sign up online at www.ci.oswego.or.us/Tools/library/SummerReading/.


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