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Summer Reading 2023
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Welcome to Summer Reading!

Summer reading is a FREE program for all ages, filled with themed events, crafts, and prizes. With both self-directed and in-person ways to participate, there is something for everyone! All summer reading materials are available at the Mildred Whipple Library during open hours. Make sure to check our calendar, social media, and/or the library windows to stay up to date during the summer.

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Summer Reading Events

Important Dates

Programs are for all ages unless otherwise specified.
Teen programs are geared for ages 12 through 18
(or 6th through 12th grades).


  • Tuesday, June 13: Summer reading begins!

  • Wednesday, June 14, 1:00 PM: Bag Decorating

  • Wednesday, June 14, 4:00 PM: Family Movie

  • Friday, June 16, 3:00 PM: Teen Movie **TEEN PROGRAM**

  • Wednesday, June 21, 1:00 PM: Bilingual Story Time & Musical Instruments Craft

  • Wednesday, June 21, 4:00 PM: Family Movie


  • Wednesday, June 28, 1:00 PM: Mini Gardens

  • Friday, June 30, 3:00 PM: Teen Terrariums **TEEN PROGRAM**


  • Wednesday, July 5, 1:00 PM: Slime Making

  • Wednesday, July 5, 4:00 PM: Family Movie

  • Friday, July 7, 3:00 PM: Teen Movie **TEEN PROGRAM**

  • Wednesday, July 12, 1:00 PM: Painting with Holly

  • Wednesday, July 12, 3:00 PM: Drawing with Holly **TEEN PROGRAM**

  • Wednesday, July 12, 4:00 PM: Family Movie

  • Friday, July 14, 1:00 PM: Tie Dye with Victoria **TEEN PROGRAM**


  • Wednesday, July 19, 1:00 PM: Community Storytelling

  • Wednesday, July 19, 4:00 PM: Family Movie

  • Wednesday, July 26, 1:00 PM: Bullet Journals

  • Wednesday, July 26, 4:00 PM: Family Movie

  • Friday, July 28, 3:00 PM: Teen Movie **TEEN PROGRAM**


  • Wednesday, August 2, 1:00 PM: Minute to Win It Tournament

  • Wednesday, August 2, 4:00 PM: Family Movie

  • Friday, August 4, 3:00 PM: Teen Movie **TEEN PROGRAM**

  • Wednesday, August 9: Last day of summer reading to earn prize tickets

  • Wednesday, August 9, 5:00 PM: Puppet Theater & Family Night Dinner

How to Participate

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Who can participate?

Summer reading is FREE for all ages, and you do not need a library card in order to participate!


Participants are divided into four age groups:

1) Birth through Pre-K

2) Kindergarten through 5th grade

3) 6th through 12th grade

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 13 until August 8. Summer Reading 2023 runs June 13 through August 9. Weekly prizes will be available at the Mildred Whipple Library and grand prizes will be awarded at our Family Night Dinner on Wednesday, August 9.

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

How Do I Play?

Programs: Each week during summer reading the library offers both in-person and at-your-own-pace programs for all ages. All programs are free to attend and include chances to win weekly prizes. Check our Summer Reading Events for specific program dates and times. Please note: while almost all of our programing is available to patrons of any age, some programs have age restrictions.


Reading Sheets: If you are participating in the children's programs (birth through Pre-K and 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, you may choose to track the number of minutes you read and/or the number of books you read during the summer. Reading sheets are available in each summer reading sign up bag. If you need an additional sheet, download a copy below or ask during your next library visit.

How Do I Win Prizes?

All ages can earn prize tickets over the course of the summer by filling in their reading sheet and participating in programs. Tickets earned each week go towards the weekly prize drawing, and all tickets earned over the summer are entered into the grand prize drawing for each age group.

Programs: Earn a prize ticket for each weekly program you attend.

Reading Sheets: Keep track of the minutes you read and try to fill in as many spaces as you can. Teens and adults also have the option to track number of books read (in addition to reading minutes). Show your reading sheet to the Mildred Whipple Library to earn tickets each week.


How to earn tickets:

  • Earn 1 ticket for each weekly summer reading program you attend.

  • 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 1 ticket for every hour/60 minutes you read (all ages) or book you finish (teens and adults).

How to earn tickets for teens and adults (in addition to the above tickets):

  • Earn 1 ticket for each square you complete on your reading adventure sheet.

  • Earn 10 tickets for completing your reading adventure sheet.

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!

Each week you submit your reading minutes you are entered into the weekly prize draw. 

Whether you have managed to read one book or 25, and whether you have read 10 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 write your name on your reading log and email us a picture to or place your card in the library book drop.

Prize Pick Up

Summer reading prize winners will be contacted the week of August 9, 2022 and prizes will be available to pick up throughout the week. You do not need to be present to win.

Summer Reading 2023 Prizes

The Mildred Whipple Library offers prizes for each of our summer reading age groups (birth through pre-K, Kindergarten through 5th grade, 6th-12th grade, and adults). Earn prize tickets by filling in your reading sheet and/or attending programs. Weekly prizes will be handed out at scheduled Summer Reading programs (Wednesdays at 1 PM for families and Fridays at 3 PM for teens). All prize tickets earned will be entered to win 1 grand prize for each age group:

Children: $100 gift certificate to Putter's & $25 fuel card

Teens: $100 gift certificate to Portal Adventures Escape Room & $25 fuel card

Adults: 2 nights at The Eugene Dome & $25 fuel card


Grand prize winners will be announced at our Family Night Dinner on Wednesday, August 9, 2023.

Summer Reading 2023 Sponsors

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!

Friends of the Mildred Whipple Library

The Ford Family


State Library of Oregon Ready to Read Grant


City of Drain

North Douglas

School District

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