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Summer Reading

I_Drums_colored copy.jpgThe Oregon Talking Book & Braille Library is proud to present our 2018 Summer Reading Program for all users between the ages of 5-18!

This fun, incentive-filled program will run from June 18, 2018 through August 27, 2018.  All you have to do is read at least 10 hours over the course of the program. By reading at least 10 hours 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

  • Participants must be registered users of the Oregon Talking Book & Braille Library.  If you are eligible but are not registered with our library, please submit a completed student application found here.
  • You can register for the Summer Reading Program up until June 29, 2018.  Register online using the link above, or by mailing back the registration form found in the April/May Student Newsletter.
  • The first 50 students who register for the Summer Reading Program will recieve a Talking Books Summer Reading Program t-shirt.  Please note on the registration form what size shirt you'd like.  The shirts will be ordered after registration for the program ends.  It may be up to 4-6 weeks after that date before you receive your shirt in the mail.
  • After registering for the Summer Reading Program you will receive a packet with a reading log to keep track of how much you have read. The packets will start being mailed a few weeks before the program's start date.
  • You and/or your parents or guardians are responsible for keeping track of how much time you spend reading.
  • Weekly book discussions start on June 25th on the Talking Books Summer Reading Program WordPress page. By participating in the discussions students will be entered in weekly drawings for gift cards and other prizes! There is no limit to how many prizes you can win, so you could win up to 9 prizes! Parents and teachers may also post for students.  There is no need to sign up for WordPress to participate in the weekly discussions. For more information about the weekly book discussions please refer to the handout in the Summer Reading Program packet or visit
  • Reading logs/calendars are due by September 17th to be eligible for the grand and runner-up prize drawings.  There are three 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 this 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 the program has ended to submit your hours.  You may submit your hours at the end of each month.
    • Submit by email - If you wish to submit your hours by email please let us know how many hours you read each month and include a list of the books you've read over the summer (if you don't remember them all, that's okay, please submit as many as you can remember).  Please submit emails to
  • 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).
  • The winners of the grand and runner-up prizes will be announced in the October issue of the Student Newsletter.

Reading Incentives

Register for the Summer Reading Program and receive this exclusive Talking Books t-shirt!

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:

Talking Books Summer Reading Program WordPress Group

Talking Books Summer Reading Program WordPress Page.  User to particiate in the weekly discussions and connect with other students in the Summer Reading Program.  Click the link above for information about the weekly discussions that start on June 25th, and to see the prizes for particiapting.

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 Jennifer Graves by email at or by phone at (503) 378-4498.

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