Summer Reading 2021:

Reading Colors Your World

Welcome to summer reading!


Summer reading is a FREE program for all ages, filled with themed programs, activities, and prizes. Similar to last year, summer reading this year is primarily self-directed. All summer reading materials and activities are available at the Mildred Whipple Library during curbside service hours and limited occupancy, in-person programs will be offered per state health guidelines. Please make sure to check our calendar, social media, and/or the library windows for new information.

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2021  Summer  Reading  Events

Important Dates


  • Tuesday, June 15: Summer reading begins!

  • Every Wednesday, June 16 through August 4, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM join the library for an all-ages summer reading program.

  • Every Friday, June 18 through August 6, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM summer reading programs will be available to pick up for anyone who can't make the Wednesday time.

  • Thursday, July 29, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM: Family Night

  • Friday, August 6: All summer reading materials due to be eligible for prizes

  • Tuesday, August 17: Summer reading prize winners announced!


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How to Participate

Who Can Participate?


Summer reading is FREE for all ages! Participants are divided into four age groups: 1) Birth through Pre-K, 2) Kindergarten through 5th grade, 3) 6th through 12th grade, and 4) Adults. The Mildred Whipple Library offers programs, activities, and prizes for all age groups. Sign up at the Mildred Whipple Library anytime starting June 15 until August 5. Summer Reading 2021 runs June 15 through August 6. Prizes will be available to pick up August 10 through 14.

Download your registration card below (return to the Mildred Whipple Library to receive your sign up bag):

How Do I Play?

PROGRAMS: Every Wednesday during summer reading the library will offer an all-ages program or an
"at-your-own-pace" program near the Civic Center building. For those who can't make the Wednesday time, that week's summer reading program will be available to be picked up on Fridays. Check our calendar for dates and locations of specific programs.

Reading Sheets: If you are participating in either children's program (birth through Pre-K or Kindergarten through 5th grade), track the approximate amount of time you read during the summer. Each circle on your reading log counts for 15 minutes. If you are participating in our teen or adult program, track the number of books you read during the summer and follow the directions included with your reading sheet for how to record books. Reading sheets are available in each summer reading goodie bag. If you need an additional sheet, download a copy below or please contact the library:


How Do I Win?


During the course of the summer, keep track of the minutes you read (children's programs) or number of books you read (teens and adults) and try to fill in as many spaces as you can. When you are finished with your reading sheet, make sure to turn it into the library to receive tickets for the prize drawing! 


How to earn tickets (all ages):

  • Earn 1 ticket each week you show library staff your reading sheet.

  • Earn 1 ticket for each member in your household every time you show the library a completed summer reading craft or attend a summer reading program.

  • Earn 1 ticket for every book recommendation you share (tag the library on social media, send us an email, or tell a staff member).

  • Earn 5 tickets for each member in your household when you turn in a completed reading sheet.

How to earn tickets for minutes read (in addition to the above tickets):

  • If you read up to 1 hour (60 minutes) over the course of summer reading: 1 ticket

  • If you read up to 10 hours (600 minutes): 5 tickets

  • If you read up to 20 hours (1200 minutes): 15 tickets

  • If you read more than 20 hours (1200 minutes): 20 tickets

How to earn tickets for books read (in addition to the above tickets):

  • Earn 1 ticket for each book read during the summer

  • Earn double tickets each time you complete a category (5 books, up to 7 sets of double tickets)

  • Earn double tickets if you record a book in each category (7 categories, up to 5 sets of double tickets)

Submitting Your Summer Reading Material


Each week during summer reading we encourage all participants to submit their weekly minutes read or total books read. Call us, email us, or drop by during library open hours and let us know how much you've read that week and earn a chance to pick from our prize basket!

All reading sheets and minute reporting must be received by August 6, 2021, to be eligible for prizes. Whether you have managed to read one book or 25, and whether you have read 20 minutes or over 20 hours, we encourage all summer reading participants to turn in their summer reading material. If you cannot submit your reading sheet or reading minutes during library open hours (please check our calendar for specific dates and times), write your name on your reading log and email us a picture to or place your bingo card in the library book drop.

Submit your reading log and last batch of reading minutes from August 3 through August 6

and earn a free treat!

Summer Reading Prize Pick Up


Summer reading prize winners will be contacted the week of August 17, 2021 and prizes will be available to pick up throughout the week. You do not need to be present to win.

Summer Reading Prizes

The Mildred Whipple Library offers prizes for each of our summer reading programs (birth through pre-K, Kindergarten through 5th grade, 6th-12th grade, and adults). Each week, show your reading log to library staff to earn tickets and earn a chance to pick from our weekly prize basket. Turn in your reading log by Friday, August 6, to be eligible for our grand prizes!

Summer Reading 2021 Sponsors

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!

Friends of the Mildred Whipple Library

State Library of Oregon Ready to Read Grant

The Ford Family Foundation


City of Drain


Summer Reading Prizes