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JCLS Announces Summer Reading Program

Participate in-person or online to win prizes during the “Treasure Reading” themed program 


Medford, Oregon (May 25, 2022)—Jackson County Library Services (JCLS) launches its annual Summer Reading program on Wednesday, June 1This year's theme is “Treasure Reading,” highlighting adventures with pirates and dragons as well as the treasures we discover in books and stories. Now through August 31, residents of all ages are encouraged to participate in this free program by reading books, attending programs, and earning prizes. 


“If you have a child in school, the summer reading program is a great way to maintain reading skills and avoid the ‘summer slide’ (when reading skills drop over the summer) during break,” said Brystan Strong, Youth Services Coordinator at JCLS. “Parents can model good reading habits by taking part alongside their kids. It’s also never too early to introduce your baby or preschooler to the library and the wonderful world of books and reading.” 


"The JCLS Summer Reading Program is not just for kids," added Carrie Turney Ross, JCLS Area Manager for Outreach & Programs. "It is also a time for adults to challenge themselves to read more, learn more, and have more fun!" 


Participants are eligible for systemwide grand prizes. Winners in the children’s age group will choose between STEM science kit subscriptions, memberships to ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum or The Children’s Museum of Southern Oregon, and fort-building or play tent kits. Teen winners will choose between a Fujifilm Instax Camera or jet boat tour, Audible or Owl Crate YA book subscription, and Bluetooth ear buds. Adult prize options include a professional group/family photo or a state and national parks prize basket. Additionally, each branch will award prizes for all age groups.  


To participate, register through the Beanstack app at jcls.beanstack.org. Participants can use the app to record books read or minutes spent reading to earn virtual badges and real-world prizes. Paper reading logs are also available at branches. 


The Summer Reading Program includes engaging in-person and virtual programs for patrons of all ages. Free “Take & Make” kits of hands-on activities will also be available for children, teens, and adults throughout the summer. Visit jcls.libcal.com to view the program calendar and register for events. 

The 2022 Summer Reading sponsors include the Kenneth A. and Lucille D. Hulburt Fund and The Friends of the Jackson County Libraries. For more information, contact your local branch library or visit jcls.org. 


About Jackson County Library Services: 

The JCLS mission is to connect everyone to information, ideas, and each other. With 15 branches throughout the County, JCLS offers in-person and virtual programs, Take & Make kits, At Home Services for patrons who cannot come to the library, Outreach to Child Care, free internet access, 24-hour online resources, and a staff of experts. Patrons can browse the online catalog and curated staff booklists, subscribe to the Library Connect blog, and use readers advisory resources via an online form called JCLS Discovery. Learn more at jcls.org. 


Media Contact 

Ryan Bradley, Marketing Coordinator | rbradley@jcls.org | 541.734.3916 

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