Registration began this week for the Driftwood Public Library Summer Reading Program. The theme of this year’s program is “Reading Colors Your World.”

All ages are welcome to participate, from infants to seniors. Community members can sign up by visiting the library’s website (, calling 541-996-2277 or stopping by the library at 801 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City.

The library’s summer reading program is a way to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills, combat the summertime loss of academic skills in children and teens, and encourage adults to exercise their minds by reading for recreation. It’s also a lot of fun.

Every child or adult who signs up will receive a custom Driftwood Public Library lanyard and a set of colored pencils for tracking their reading journey on a special summer reading log. For each goal met, participants color one portion of their reading log. For each column or row (five squares) colored, participants will receive a prize: an enamel or acrylic pin to decorate their lanyard. Once the reading log is full, participants will receive a custom Driftwood Public Library enamel pin, featuring the library’s octopus logo. Infants and toddlers too young for the decorative pins will receive a free board book upon sign up, and an additional board book for each reading goal met. Older children will also receive a free age-appropriate book upon sign-up while supplies last. Board books are provided by the State Library of Oregon’s Ready to Read grant funding, with matching funds from the Friends of Driftwood Public Library.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all summer reading family programs will be virtual this year. Two programs are live with registration required, and the rest will be pre-recorded and available for viewing on the library’s YouTube channel any time during a one-week period. The programs are as follows:

• Alex Zerbe: The Zaniac Comedy Show — June 21 at 11 a.m. Registration required. Contact the library for registration information.

• Mad Science — June 29 and July 1. Registration required. Sign-ups begin on June 22.

• Matt Baker, comedy, stunts — July 11-17

• Vikki Gasko Green, ventriloquist — July 18-24

• Traveling Lantern Theater — July 25-31

• Anne-Louise Sterry, storyteller — Aug 1-7

• Richard Ritchey, the Reptile Man — Aug 8-14

Driftwood Public Library is now open for in-person visits from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Library materials and summer reading kits can also be picked up by appointment via the library’s curbside service. For more information or to schedule a pickup, email or call the library at 541-996-2277.

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