Summer Reading Program kicks off this week

The North Olympic Library System challenges everyone in Clallam County to “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” this summer.

Sign up for the Summer Reading Program at and read — or be read to — daily to earn a limited-edition T-shirt and enter to win prizes.

Beginning this week, patrons/library users can pick up a free book, track their reading and participate in free activities all summer, such as a reading launch party with Olympic National Park for families, author talks and a Books and Locations program that pairs books with places to explore for adults, a weekly Discovery Club with art, nature and science activities for kids, and more.

To participate, sign up at and set a daily reading goal. Track your reading through Saturday, Sept. 3.

Read for 30 days to earn an entry into the grand prize drawing and pick up a special Summer Reading Challenge T-shirt designed by local artist Melissa Klein.

Read for an additional 30 days for a second entry into the drawing.

Each grand prize drawing winner can select one of the following prizes: a $100 gift card to a local book store or restaurant, or a LEGO set (up to $100 in value).

The Summer Reading Program, organizers say, provides a fun way for families to help keep kids engaged, prevent the “summer slide” of learning loss and develop a lifelong love of reading.

The program is supported by Friends of the Library groups at all four NOLS branches. For more information, visit, call 360-417-8500 or email to