Over 100 years ago, pioneering librarians had a vision for creating “intellectual culture” in our up-and-coming city. They understood that real societal change is the result of investing in future generations. Our library system — mere decades old at that time — was at the forefront of civic improvement. In 1912, Multnomah County Library established our beloved Summer Reading program.
A century later, Summer Reading is our library's most popular literacy program - and is Oregon's largest reading program for children. It's also a great example of the impact made by private donations. In 1997, when The Library Foundation began providing private support to Summer Reading, less than 5,300 children participated. Last year, more than 114,000 children participated! The visionaries who created Summer Reading would be proud, and perhaps amazed, at all we've accomplished with your help.
More than a game
Research shows that a child's interest in reading is integral to success in school and in life. Summer Reading is the best way to keep kids reading at grade level so they return to school in the fall, ready to succeed. The library's Summer Reading program is so fun and rewarding, it's hard for kids to resist. It's like hiding vegetables in the mashed potatoes.
Summer Reading is made possible by The Library Foundation, with generous support from our sponsors.
The 2017 Summer Reading Program is supported by:
The 2017 Summer Reading Program would not be possible without the generous support of our community partners who donated thousands of prizes.