OYMGSR (1).pngThe Oregon Talking Book & Braille Library is proud to present our 2017 Summer Reading Program for all users between the ages of 5-18!


This fun, incentive-filled program will run from June 19, 2017 through August 28, 2017.  All you have to do is read at least 10 hours over the course of the program. By reading at least 10 hours you earn all three incentive prizes, and you will be entered into a drawing for our grand and runner-up prizes.


We are very excited to offer this fun and educational opportunity, and encourage all eligible students to register for the Summer Reading Program!

Participation Guidelines

  • You can register for the Summer Reading Program up until June 30, 2017.  Register online using the link above, or by mailing back the registration form found in the April/May Student Newsletter.
  • After registering for the Summer Reading Program you will receive a book bag with a reading log to keep track of how much you have read. The book bags will start being mailed on June 9, 2017.
  • You and/or your parents or guardians are responsible for keeping track of how much time you spend reading.
  • NEW THIS YEAR!  We will be holding weekly book discussions on the Talking Books Summer Reading Program Facebook group.  By participating in the discussions students will be entered in weekly drawings for gift cards and other prizes!  It's simple: 2 questions will be posted every Monday.  Complete one of the questions by 6 PM on Sunday to be entered in that week's drawing.  We encourage students to respond to other participant's posts but it is not required.  These discussions are a great opportunity to meet other students, discuss and learn about new books, and win some prizes!  There is no limit to winning the weekly discussion prizes, and parents/teachers may post on behalf of their students.  For more information about the weekly book discussions please refer to the handout in the Summer Reading Program packet.
  • Reading logs/calendars are due by September 15, 2017, to be eligible for the grand and runner-up prize drawings.  There are two options for submitting your reading logs:
    • Mail it in - If you are mailing in your reading log, remember to write your name on the reading log, and please do not submit it in Braille.  Reading logs postmarked after September 15 will not be accepted.
    • Submit online - If you wish to submit your hours online please click the following link:  If you submit your hours online you do not need to mail in your reading log.  You also do not need to wait until after the program to submit your hours.  You may submit your hours at the end of each month.
  • After completing the requested 10 hours of reading you will receive a certificate for your achievement.
  • By completing the 10 hours of reading your name will be entered in the drawing for the grand prize (Apple iPad Mini 4 with cover) or runner-up prize (Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 Tablet with cover). To earn one additional entry in the drawing you may choose to complete the “10 Minute Challenge”, which challenges each participant who registers to read at least 10 minutes per day.  If you complete the challenge, you will get 1 additional entry in the drawing for the grand and runner-up prizes (there is a maximum of 2 entries per student).
  • The winners of the grand and runner-up prizes will be announced in the October issue of the Student Newsletter.


Reading Incentives

2 hours of reading:
Basil Plant

5 hours of reading:
Cooler Bag

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8 hours of reading:
Flash Drive

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NOTE - Please contact Erich Peppler by email at or by phone at 503-378-4498 when you have reached each level so the prize can be mailed right away.


Grand Prize Drawing: Apple iPad Mini 4 (with cover)

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Runner-Up Grand Prize: Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 Tablet (with cover)

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Weekly Book Discussion Prizes:

2 June 26 $10 Amazon Gift Card
3 July 3 $10 Walmart Gift Card
4 July 10 $10 Powell's Gift Card
5 July 17 $10 Best Buy Gift Card
July 24
4 Tickets to the Oregon State Fair
7 July 31 $10 Amazon Gift Card
8 August 7 $10 Walmart Gift Card
9 August 14 $10 Powell's Gift Card
10 August 21 $10 Best Buy Gift Card


Talking Books Summer Reading Program Facebook Group

This private Facebook group will be used to participate in the weekly book discussions and to connect with other students.  Click this link to join the Talking Books Summer Reading Program Facebook group.  Only students and individuals posting on behalf of students will be accepted to the group; joining the group requires the approval of the group administrator Erich Peppler.  If you will be posting on behalf of a student please send a message to Erich Peppler letting him know the name of the student who you will be posting for.  For more information about Weekly Book Discussions, including how to join the Facebook group, guidelines, and prizes, click here.

Why Participate in Summer Reading?

Students who do not engage is educational activities over the summer can lose retention of up to 2 months or roughly 22% of what they learned during their school year; this phenomenon is called the “Summer Slide”. Because of this slide, many teachers devote up to a month re-teaching material learned in the previous school year, resulting in a lost month that could have been spent teaching the students new information and skills.

Information taken from Reading Is Fundamental (; article “Keeping Kids off the Summer Slide.”


The Oregon Talking Book & Braille Library would like to thank the following organizations for contributing to the Summer Reading program:

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For any inquiries about the Summer Reading Program please contact Erich Peppler by email at or by phone at (503) 378-4498.