Summer fun for everyone at county library branches

Hood River County Library District welcomes everyone — kids, teens, and adults — to participate in the libraries’ special reading programs this summer. Prizes will be given out to those who reach their goals.

Children up to the age of and including next fall’s fifth graders are invited to “Dig Into Reading.” Sign-up for the reading incentive program began at the June 14 kick-off parties in Parkdale and Hood River, and continue with the party in Cascade Locks June 19.

At the Cascade Locks kick-off party, which begins at 11 a.m., prepare to be amazed at the hilarity and dexterity of Rhys Thomas, juggler extraordinaire. Refreshments provided.

Thomas will also perform at the Hood River library June 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Throughout the summer, the libraries will have various performers, including musicians, puppets, reptiles, comedians, and more. The Friends of the Library have supported some wonderful entertainment for the kids. G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe is also providing regular “crafternoons” and monthly game nights.

All this will be wrapped up in August with a pirate party, featuring a pirate band, costumes, a treasure hunt, and ice cream donated by Mike’s.

Prizes will be awarded for the number of hours spent reading. There are loads of fun programs for middle and high school students to attend all summer long.

Adults may join in on the fun this year, too. Every book, audiobook or movie counts for an entry into the prize raffle for an e-reader or gift certificates to great local businesses. There will be some great programming for adults, too, including sessions on beekeeping, ghost towns, gardening and more.

For more information, including a summer reading program schedule, contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535 or, or visit

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