Libraries offer summer reading programs

Amy Warner registers her children, Quinn and Avery, for the 2015 Hermiston Public Library summer reading program. Area libraries are gearing up for summer programs.

Area libraries are gearing up for summer reading programs, with many featuring activities for all ages.

Area library workers said the programs help maintain skills learned in school. Umatilla library assistant Pam Johnson said the programs also offer fun activities, including games and crafts.

“Let’s get our children off to a good start for the next school year by helping encourage them to read this summer,” said Erin Wells, Milton-Freewater library director.

Area programs include:


The summer reading program will get a sizzling start with the Pioneer Potluck Picnic. The family potluck event is Saturday, June 25 from 1-3 p.m. at Heritage Station Museum, 108 S.W. Frazer Ave., Pendleton. People are invited to bring a dish to share and participate in old-fashioned games.

Also, be sure to register the whole family for the summer reading program at the picnic or the library.

The Pendleton Public Library is located at 502 S.W. Dorion Ave. For more information, call 541-966-0380 or visit


The Hermiston Public Library is offering programs for children, teens and adults. Registration begins Monday, June 20 at 11 a.m. for kids and noon for teens (they can also register online). Tote bags will be given away, while supplies last. Adults don’t need to register, but they can stop by the library to grab a packet.

Children and youths are encouraged to participate as often as possible in order to receive an invitation to the Friday, July 29 pool party at the Hermiston Family Aquatic Center.

The Hermiston Public Library is located at 235 E. Gladys Ave. For more information, call 541-567-2882 or visit


Every Child is an Artist is the theme of the summer program at the Milton-Freewater Public Library. Open to children from birth through sixth grade, it offers unique art activities each week.

The program began Tuesday and continues through mid-August. Participants will receive a log to keep track of their reading hours. Children are encouraged to participate with a chance to win prizes, including a scooter and helmet, a large doll house and a Barbie convertible, a Black & Decker tool bench, train table, Star Wars prize pack, a guitar and keyboard set, and three $75 gift certificates to Inland Octopus.

The Milton-Freewater Public Library is located at 8 S.W. Eighth Ave. For more information, call 541-938-8246 or visit


The summer reading program kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with a visit by Ronald McDonald at the Stanfield Public Library. Youths up to eighth grade can register for the program at the kick-off event or the following week.

Activities are available Monday through Fridays beginning at 11 a.m. at the library. Also, a free lunch is provided at noon. The program concludes with a celebration Monday, July 25 at Coe Park in Stanfield.

The Stanfield Public Library is located at 130 W. Coe Ave. For more information, call 541-449-1254 or visit


The Umatilla Public Library’s summer program runs in July. Signups are accepted all day Friday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 5. Activities start Wednesday, July 6 at the library.

Most of the activities are geared for elementary and middle school students, Johnson said. A program offering ice cream for reading is open to all ages, including high school students.

A pair of programs coming up include “Vladimir Goes for Gold,” a Traveling Lantern Theater production, which is Thursday at 3 p.m.; and the Dragon Theater Puppets, which is Friday, June 24 at 2 p.m.

The Umatilla Public Library is located at 700 Sixth St. For more information, call 541-922-5704 or visit


Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at or 541-564-4539

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