Summer Reading Program 2024

The Summer Reading Program will run from Saturday, June 15th through Saturday, August 17th! All ages are welcome to participate! We will have categories for Young Readers (ages 0-6 years old), Child Readers (ages 7-12 years old), Teen Readers (13-17 years old) and Adult Readers (ages 18 and up!). If you read to young children, that reading time counts for you and the children. Child and Young Readers are welcome to submit their reading time for tickets. 12 tickets can be used in our Prize Room and anything earned after that can be put into one of several raffles! 

We will have fun activities, crafts, and events every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 12:30pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm! Check out the schedule below or the calendar to see what’s coming up! We hope to see you soon!  

Explore our community with a stuffed animal scavenger hunt! Look for each of these 7 animals in local (walking distance) businesses. Tell a librarian where you found an animal to enter a raffle ticket for it at the library. Try to find all the animals before the drawing at the end of the summer reading program! Photos of the other animals are at the bottom!

Jefferson Summer Reading Program 2024

 The Summer Reading Program is here! And this summer, it’s more important than ever to get reading, whether you’re a little one just learning to love books or an adult bookworm ready to dive in to something new. This year’s theme is “Read, Renew, Repeat”! We’ll have themed events and activities, monthly activity kits for pick up, and prizes for kids, teens, and adults.

Summer Reading starts Saturday, June 15th and runs until Saturday, August 17th. Sign up so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!

Click here to sign up for our online reading tracker: ReaderZone! or, you can search for the ReaderZone app on any smart device. Use the code 807f6 to sign up all your readers!

Important Dates:

  • Sat. June 15 – Summer Reading Program Start/ Game Day (we will have Dungeon’s and Dragons!)/ Grand Opening Party
  • Tues. June 18 @ 12:30pm: Sun Dial Craft
    Wed. June 19: Library CLOSED for Juneteenth
    Thurs. June 20 @ 12:30pm: Red Yarn Performance
    Sat. June 22 @ 10:00am – 2:00pm: STEM Activity – Marshmallow Structures!
    Tues. June 25 @ 12:30pm: Rain Stick Craft
    Wed. June 26 @ 12:30pm: Native American Games
    Thurs. June 27 @ 12:30pm: Jeff Evans Performance
    Thurs. June 27 @ 5:00pm: Teen Book Club
    Sat. June 29 @ 10:00am – 2:00pm: Jewelry Craft Day
  • Tues. July 2 @ 12:30pm – Lima Bean Dissection
  • Wed. July 3 @ 12:30pm – Biomes
  • Thurs. July 4 – Library CLOSED for Independence Day
  • Sat. July 6 @ 10am – 2pm – Robotics
  • Tues. July 9 @ 12:30 – Wood Butterfly House
  • Tues. July 9 @ 3:00pm – NeedleCraft Group
  • Wed. July 10 @ 12:30pm – Monarch Butterfly Craft
  • Thurs. July 11 @ 12:30pm – Coffee Filer Butterfly Craft
  • Sat. July 13 @ 10am – 2pm – STEAM: Flapping Butterfly Craft
  • Tues. July 16 @ 12:30pm – Flower Pot Craft
  • Tues. July 16 @ 4:00pm – Art Group: Slime
  • Wed. July 17 @ 12:30pm – Seeds
  • Thurs. July 18 @ 12:30pm – Paradise of Samoa Performance
  • Sat. July 20 @ 10am – 2pm – Game Day and Dungeons & Dragons
  • Tues. July 23 @ 12:30pm – Owl and Bat Craft
  • Tues. July 23 @ 3:00pm – NeedleCraft Group
  • Wed. July 24 @ 12:30pm – Wildlife at Night
  • Thurs. July 25@ 12:30pm – Fabric Bag Decorating Craft
  • Thurs. July 25@ 5:00pm – Teen Book Club
  • Sat. July 27 @ 10am – 2pm – Collage Craft
  • Tues. July 30 @ 12:30pm – Sticker Making Craft
  • Wed. July 31 @ 12:30pm – Quilled Picture Frame Craft


  • Thurs. August 1 @ 12:30pm – Bubble Painting Craft
  • Sat. August 3 @ 10am – 2pm – Robotics
  •  Tues. August 6 @ 12:30pm – Bee Finger Puppets
  • Wed. August 7 @ 12:30pm – Native American Game
  • Thurs. August 8 @ 12:30pm – Bee Talk by Gambardella Honey Farm
  • Sat. August 10 @ 10am – 2pm – Bee Honeycomb Craft
  • Tues. August 13 @ 12:30pm – Bug Jar Craft
  • Tues. August 13 @ 3:00pm – NeedleCraft Group
  • Wed. August 14 @ 12:30pm – Compost Craft
  • Thurs. August 15 @ 12:30pm – UofO: Journey Under the Sea
  • Sat. August 17 @ 12pm – 4pm – Party, Game Day, and Dungeons & Dragons
  • Sat. August 17 – Last Day of the Summer Reading Program

August 24 – Last day to turn in Reading Logs – Raffle drawing at 2:00pm!

Summer Reading Program FAQ

Who is the summer reading program for? All ages! Anyone can participate in the summer reading program. You can join with or without a library card. Marion county residents can get a card at the library. Ask a librarian for more details about library cards and access! The library is open for browsing and curbside pick-up this summer!

When is it? The summer reading program starts Saturday, June 15th, until August 17th. Teen and adult prizes will be drawn on August 24th at 2:00pm. Winners will be contacted by phone or email.

How do I start? Get the Readerzone app or register with a web browser. It is available on Google play, Apple’s App Store and Amazon apps. Use the code 807f6 for all readers, then select your reading group. When you come to the library in person, pick up a reading bag with materials for you to enjoy the summer reading program!

Young readers, ages newborn to about 6, read for 1 hour to earn a ticket to trade for a prize in the library Prize Store.

Child readers, ages 6 through 12, read for 2 hours to earn a ticket. 

This year, we will have a “Prize Store” located in the library meeting room for the child and young reader prizes with items of 1-3 ticket values, so you either take home a prize every time you earn a ticket or save tickets to win bigger prizes. Just remember to use all your tickets by the end of the summer reading program! Young Readers and Child Readers will be limited to a maximum of 12 tickets to be used in our Prize Room on prizes. And tickets earned after that must be submitted into one of our several Children Raffle Prizes! This way we can ensure that everyone will be able to be able to enjoy our Prize Room!

Teen readers, ages 13-17, read for 3 hours to earn a raffle ticket to submit for their choice of prize pack to be drawn at the end of the summer reading program.

Young reader, child and teen reading group ages are intended as guides. Please choose the challenge that suits your child!

Adults readers read for 5 hours to earn a raffle ticket for one of the adult prize pack .

For all reading groups, there is no limit to the number of tickets you can earn! Teens and adults each have a choice of 16 prize packs to try to win. You can enter tickets into a single raffle or enter multiple raffles with your tickets. You can view all the the prize packs at the library and at the bottom of this webpage.

What if I don’t use the Readerzone app? Come to the library to pick up a paper reading tracking form for you age group, and bring it to the library when you come to collect your tickets!

What counts as reading? You can read books, graphic novels, comic books, magazines, Ebooks, listen to audiobooks or digital audiobooks. Reading to someone else, or someone reading to you counts too! Just track how many minutes you spend reading. Web browsing and social media doesn’t count.

Where do I go? The library is located at 150 N 2nd St. Suite B, next to the city hall. All in-person events will be held here, and it is where you go to get tickets, prizes and activity kits. You can call the library at 541-327-3826 for more information.

What events can I attend? See live performances by Red Yard (June 20th @ 12:30pm), Jeff Evans (June 27th @ 12:30pm), Paradise of Samoa (July 18th @ 12:30pm) and the University of Oregon’s Journey Under the Sea (August 15th @ 12:30pm).

Weekly Storytimes for ages newborn through age 7 will be held at the library each Wednesday at 11:00am with songs, rhymes and stories.

Other events will be held at the library for all ages. Download or pick-up a calendar for details.

How do I get activity kits? Pick-up craft kits for each week of the summer reading program at the library. You can get them with curbside pick-up or inside the library. All crafts are free and available to all ages. Just tell us how many you will use, and we will give you pre-packed materials for a unique craft or activity to do at home.

We’ll see you at the Jefferson Public Library This Summer!

Teens and Adults can submit their tickets to one, several, or all of the Raffle Prize groups listed below!

– Grand Prize

– Self-Care

– Adult Books

– Teen Books

– Sourdough Kit

– Canning Kit

– Lights!

– Game Night (Board Games)

– Movie Night

There are also going to be SIX raffle categories for Young and Child Readers. Children can spend up to 12 of their tickets in the Prize Room and everything else after needs to go to one (or more) of the raffles. Children can also enter their tickets into a raffle if they would like without spending any in the Prize Room.

The Children’s Raffle Prize categories are:

– Space
– Monster Trucks
– Panda
– Parakeet
– Children’s Books
– Science Kit


Child and Young Reader Prize Room

– Pictured are samples from previous years. Come to the library (starting June 17th!) to see all the choices!