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Library Notes: HR Library is your answer to summer enjoyment questions

If you love to read, regardless of your age, the Hood River County Library has a summer reading program for you.

Whether you’re an adult, a teen, or a kid there’s a great summer of events lined up.

The kids choose a reading goal, how many hours they think they can read over the summer. As they progress toward their goal, they get prizes! One-quarter of the way to their goal is a free pool pass or a beautiful gemstone from Sparkling Creations. One-half way to their goal is a free book of their choice. Three-quarters way to their goal is a chocolate chip cookie from Pine Street Bakery or Dog River Coffee, and there’s a Mike’s Ice Cream certificate waiting for them when they complete their goal!

The kick-off party for the children’s summer reading is Friday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m. and features the antics of Alex Zerbe, Professional Zaniac. Afterwards, everyone can enjoy some free popcorn, blow some giant bubbles and peruse a collection of classic cars provided by Delcarpine Auto.

Throughout the summer, the kids’ program has a fantastic list of performances. Wednesday nights at 5:30 families are invited to come enjoy amazing shows including Tears of Joy puppet theater, Buster’s Red Nose Review and Teatro Calamari. Also, every Thursday afternoon the kids can attend “Crafternoons,” a craft activity generously provided by G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe. Finally at the end of the summer will be the Pirate Party Picnic, which features real parrots, swashbuckling pirates, and free ice cream from Mike’s.

Starting on June 20, teens can sign up for their summer program. Three prizes will be awarded for every five hours of reading completed. Prizes include candy, great books and more. Three $50 cash cards provided by Columbia Bank will be raffled off at the end of the summer. Most teen events will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m.

There will be a number of crafts for teens at the library this summer. All craft sessions will be held on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. With the theme of Spark a Reaction, the crafts are designed to be both fun and informative. Among many others there will be a mini-weapons of mass destruction craft, based on the popular book series, where you will learn how to build a trebuchet out of paperclips, a clothespin catapult, or a whole mini-arsenal out of a variety of household objects.

Events for teens will include sword fighting, water balloon capture the flag, and a citywide scavenger hunt. The library will be hosting a Minecraft server for the summer. In addition to these and many other opportunities for teenagers, will be the chance to show off writing, artwork, and graphic design in the library’s quarterly teen-created magazine.

Finally, Saturday, Aug. 16 will be the Library Lock-In, the most popular teen event of the summer. Bring your friends and camp out at the Hood River Library. There will be food, games, and music at this all-night party. You must pre-register for the lock-in. Permission slips will be available at the library starting in July.

Adults can sign up any time after June 15. For every book or audiobook that they read or listen to and every adult summer program they attend they will be entered into a prize raffle. They will need to come to the library to get a stamp for each book, audiobook, or program. Each stamp is one entry into the raffle.

Hood River prizes for adults include Dog River Coffee cards, Volcanic Bottle Shoppe gift certificate, and movie passes to the Skylight Theatre. Cascade Locks includes a Cascade Locks Ale House gift certificate and art from Lorang Fine Art. Parkdale is offering Solera Brewery and Apple Valley BBQ gift certificates. All three include an e-Reader as a prize!

There are far too many adult summer programs to list them all here but they include local author Austin Smith on June 28 and an Oregon Humanities Conversation program titled “Beyond Human? Science, Technology and the Future of Human Nature,” on July 19 in Hood River; History of the Bonneville Dam July 10 in Cascade Locks; and History of the Cloud Cap Inn July 29 in Parkdale. Stop by the library to pick up a flyer listing all the programs in all three branches.

Read books! Get prizes! Attend programs! It should be a great summer at the Hood River County Library.

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