Kids from birth through high school can begin signing up on Tuesday, June 1, for this year’s Reading Colors Your World Summer Reading Program 2021.

The Waldport Public Library is pleased to announce with the help of the Lincoln County Library District, Ready to Read, and Trust Management Services, LLC, this year’s summer reading program will be able to offer online performers, online workshops and in-person, small group camps. In addition, due to the grant from Trust Management Services, patrons will also receive T-shirts, Take & Makes, performer “kits,” and lots of giveaway books.

The theme of Reading Colors Your World at the Waldport Public Library will involve Passports to Summer Reading. The goal this summer is to explore the world through reading, culture, geography, people, science, writing and art — and the joy of humor. Readers will receive a stamp in their Passports to Summer Reading after each event they participate in. Every time a participant receives a stamp, they will also receive a ticket to drop in the drawing of their choice.


The Waldport Public Library kicks off Reading Colors Your World Summer Reading Program 2021 on June 1, which includes a variety of activities for youth of all ages — and even adults.

This year, the Lincoln County Library District is sharing eight performers online. Alex Zerbe, the Professional Zaniac, will kick off the summer with his interactive Zoom show the week of June 21, and Mad Science with Madame Chaos performs the following week.  The Zaniac’s performance and Mad Science will need sign ups. Each week through the summer will bring a new performer, which includes Mo Phillips’ comedy and storytelling, Matt Baker’s comedy and juggling, Vicki Gasko Green’s ventriloquism, Traveling Lantern Puppet Show, Anne-Louise Sterry storytelling and Rich Ritchey, the Oregon Reptile Man. The Waldport Library is preparing performer “swag bags’’ or more accurately, performer kits. These kits are based on comedy, juggling, reptiles, etc.

The Trust Management grant will make it possible to bring in extra fun through authors Alexander Zeno (“The Library of Ever”) and former Newport author Barbara Herkert. These authors will offer online writing workshops for kids and teens. The library will continue to offer its regular online events, such as Little Bugs’ Club Summer, LEGO Build-a-thon warm up, Art Club Cultural Workshop and the Citizen Science Kits’ Preview. 

One of the best things to be able to offer currently, and with social distancing in mind, the Waldport Library is holding small-group art camps, Lego Camp, Teen Art Camps with Abigail Krupar, and Around the World Presentations Day Camp. All of these camps are held outside and have limited participation, so sign up early.

Each week, Take & Makes are offered while they last, and they are designed to help young people learn about the world beyond Waldport with around-the-world country and culture themes.  

On Wednesdays, starting June 2 from 10 a.m. to noon, families will have the opportunity to stop by to sign up, get their stamps and Take & Makes, giveaway books and performer kits. Registration is required to participate with reading challenges determined. To earn a Reading Colors Your World 2021 T-shirt, participants are required to sign up, have a Waldport Public Library card (or parents’ card), and check out two books. When the books are turned in, readers may get their shirts. When school concludes for the year, Waldport Public Library Teen Volunteers will help on Wednesdays to make it easy to socially distance and make the most of their Passports to Summer Reading.

Adult readers can expect a Summer Reading Program of their own again this summer with weekly drawings. They can come in and pick up reading log sheets. 

The Waldport Public Library is located at 460 Hemlock St. For more information, email or call 541-563-5880.

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