Due to Covid-19, the Hood River County Library District has paused all in-person programming. For summer reading this year, we will have a variety of online programs, DIY kits and prizes for gift certificates to local businesses. See details by age below. This year’s program will run from June 23-August 15.

Adult Summer Reading

Adults can participate in summer reading weekly by reading or listening to a book and then filling out this form to be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to a local business.

Bilingual Conversation Group [Zoom]
Wednesdays, 12 p.m.
Visit the library to practice Spanish and English in this casual language exchange. Participants will spend part of the conversations talking in English and part in Spanish.

Grupo de conversación bilingüe [Zoom]
Miercoles, 12 p.m.
Los invitamos a participar en conversaciones para practicar su inglés y al ves enseñar español a sus compañeros. Tendremos varios temas para enter las different culturas. Parte de las conversaciones serán en inglés y a la mitad se cambiará a español para que todos tengan una oportunidad de practicar el idioma que desean aprender.

Book Club [Zoom]
Thursday, July 9, 4:30 p.m.
This month we will be discussing The Road by Cormac Mccarthy. Always Available eBook from Library2go

Anti-Racism Book Club and Discussion Group [Zoom]
Friday, July 24, 12 p.m. and Friday, August 21, 12 p.m.
Each month, the group will read and discuss a book to learn about anti-racism. The book for July is How to Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and the book for August is Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad.

Letters to Local Seniors in Partnership with Hearts of Hospice
Many seniors living in assisted living and care facilities are in isolation without their usual visits from friends, family and community service workers. Patrons can support local seniors by writing letters. Patrons can contact arwen@hoodriverlibrary.org for details.

People have been addressing correspondence to “A friend I haven’t met yet” or “Dear Community Member”. A simple message about your day, description of the flowers you see outside your window, or a hopeful word are all that is needed. Children’s drawings or writing are most appreciated. Rheva Wren, who created the program, said, “It’s been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. The cards and letters from the community members are so welcome at the care facilities. it’s been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. The cards and letters from community members are so welcome at care facilities!

Teen Summer Reading

Teen Summer reading this year will have three main parts, all that can be done online or from safe distances!

Starting June 23, there will be online programs, weekly challenges, and quick and easy book rankings. Taking part in any of these will earn teens an entry into a virtual weekly drawing for gift cards to local shops. The Teen Librarian will keep track of entries and will mail winners their prize.

Weekly Challenges:
Challenges will be posted on the library’s Facebook and Instagram every week. To enter, simply post your response as a comment. Once a challenge is posted, teens can post until any time until the end of the summer reading.

  • Pet picture (or plant or whatever)
  • Dramatic Reading or recreate a scene from a favorite book
  • Make your own Meme
  • Pick a book you hate and rant about it
  • Create a sculpture out of silverware. Preferably washed, but color and texture is up to you
  • Recreate the cover or Cosplay a favorite character
  • Animation Workshop (August 2 to 8)
  • Create a Cartoon or post a tik-tok dance

Writing Challenges:
Write a fairytale or fantasy story or create a conspiracy theory. Please keep it fairly short. More than 5 pages and your librarian pals will get distracted. E-mail entries to rachelt@hoodriverlibrary.org. Winning stories will get a prize.

Short and sweet book ratings:
What did you think? You can add your name to your review or keep it anonymous.


Unless otherwise noted, all teen programs on Zoom will be available to attend via this link: https://zoom.us/j/91001800954

Teen Storytime [Instagram Live]
Monday through Friday at 4 p.m.
Reading Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson.

Hamilton Trivia [Kahoot]
July 1 at 3 p.m.: How much do you really know about Alexander Hamilton? Ready to rap along with “My Shot?” Test your knowledge in this Kahoot trivia night.

Musical Sing-a-long night: [Zoom]
July 7 at 7:30 p.m.: Join us on Zoom for an evening of singing along to favorite songs from musicals and other general silliness.

Library Teen Council [Zoom]
Saturdays, 11 a.m.
Library Teen Council: Stay connected, plan teen programs online and for the future, and advise your Teen Librarian. Please bring your own cheese.

Teen Hangout [Zoom]
Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
Games, Chats, and whatnot. Wednesdays at 5 p.m. on Zoom.

Teen Book Club [Zoom]
Thursday, June 18, 3 p.m.
This month’s books theme is books for Pride Month.

You can find out more on our Online Library Programs page. Also see our online events calendar for a complete list of programs.

Children’s Summer Reading

The Kids’ Team has created 3 activity kits to be given away during the first 3 weeks of July. These kits are not only inspired by arts and science, but also the concept of SERVICE. In other words, how can kids use their kits to help someone else, teach them something, or get to know someone new? Maybe there’s something to share with a neighbor. A game to play with parents. Directions to read to a younger sibling. Something to send in the mail to someone who’s lonely. All of these are very important acts of SERVICE, which not only makes others happy, it makes kids happy too!

*Each child gets their own kit each week, and every week is a different kit with new activities! *Supplies are limited.

Kits can be picked up at the following locations during curbside hours:

Hood River:

Week 1

  • Wednesday and Thursday July 8 & 9, noon – 6 pm
  • Friday and Saturday July 10 & 11, 10 am – 3 pm

Week 2

  • Wednesday and Thursday July 15 & 16, noon-6 pm
  • Friday and Saturday July 17 & 18, 10 am – 3 pm

Week 3

  • Wednesday and Thursday July 22 & 23, noon – 6 pm
  • Friday and Saturday July 24 & 25, 10 am- 3 pm

Parkdale & Cascade Locks:

  • Saturday, July 11, 10 am-2 pm
  • Saturday, July 18, 10 am-2 pm
  • Saturday, July 25, 10 am-2 pm

Fluent readers are invited to pick up their free copy of Matilda, by Roald Dahl, in its new “Chocolate Cake” edition. Come by during curb-side hours starting July 7 to request a copy .

On Wednesday, August 5 at 2pm, we will host a Facebook Live Matilda Trivia Challenge on the library’s Facebook page to test your smarts and have a serious discussion about chocolate cake.

Storytime [Facebook]
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Join Teacher Jana each week for stories and songs! Live on Facebook.

Literary Trivia [Facebook Live]
Wednesday, August 5 2 p.m.
Matilda Trivia Challenge

Literacy Adventure ~ Aventura de Lectura [Facebook]
Hi Friends! For our preschool learners (and life learners) we’ll be posting a Literacy Adventure every morning on the library’s Facebook page, with love from the library.

¡Hola amigos! Para nuestros estudiantes preescolares (y estudiantes de vida) publicaremos una aventura de lectura todas las mañanas, con amor de la biblioteca.

RADIO Tierra 95.1: Cada miercoles del mez a las 9 de la mañana esatremos en el aire con Radio Tierra 95.1, tocando musica, cuentos para niños, y anuncios de diversion en la biblioteca para niños y familias. Este programa es dedicado a todos los niños que se quedan en casa y que aún no han empezado la escuela.

Tune into Radio Tierra 95.1 @ 9 a.m. every Wednesday of the month we will be on-air playing songs, stories, and making announcements regarding family programming at the Library. This program is dedicated to all the kiddos who stay at home and haven’t had the opportunity to begin school.

You can find out more on our Online Library Programs page. Also see our online events calendar for a complete list of programs.