Rich Ritchey, the Oregon Reptile Man, will be one of eight performers offering a virtual program during the summer reading program at the Newport Public Library.

The Newport Public Library will once again be offering a summer reading program for all ages.

Starting Tuesday, June 1, children and adults are invited to the library to register and receive all of the information (and goodies) needed to participate in the program. There are prizes just for signing up — it doesn’t get much better than that.

Library hours are currently Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays, from 2 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Stop by on one of those days to sign up and get ready to reach your reading goals. Whether you listen to stories on a device, read picture books aloud to your kids, read graphic novels or peruse cookbooks, the library has a summer reading program for you. As hours may change, people are encouraged to call library staff for updated information at 541-265-2153.

Summer Reading 2021 will bring eight virtual programs for children and families, which can be accessed via the library website at Look for performances by some of your favorite performers. Alex Zerbe, “The Zaniac” will open the season during the week of June 21, and the closing week of Aug. 9 will feature Rich Ritchey, “The Oregon Reptile Man.”

The theme is “Reading Colors Your World,” and this will influence all programs, prizes and signage for this year. The Newport Public Library looks forward to welcoming you back for another summer of fun, prizes and, of course, reading.

For more information about performances or other summer reading programs, contact the Newport Public Library by email at or call 541-265-2153.

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