by: RACHEL LYNN ALDRICH - Greta Pederson leads a magical, musical afternoon at the Canby Public Library.The summer reading program is only one of the programs happening at the library over the summer. There’s no excuse to be bored on these long summer days.

“ReadingPops” Family Book Club

The library is launching its new bilingual family book club in July, from 2-3 p.m., every Saturday starting July 5. The program will promote literacy and reading skills through reading comprehension.

“It will be fun,” children’s librarian Peggy Wickwire said. The other purpose, she said, was to encourage families to spend time and read together. Parents are encouraged to come with their children.

All reading will be done during the set aside time, followed by popsicles provided by Fred Meyers. There will be a new reading selection each week followed by questions and a take-home RACHEL LYNN ALDRICH -

Cultural Passports

Planning on visiting on of Portland’s many exciting locations this summer? Let the library help you. The library offers cultural passes year round to some of Portland’s best educational venues, including the Children’s Museum, Crystal Springs Rhodedendron Garden, Evergreen Aviation Museum, the Japanese Garden, Pittock Mansion, Portland Art Museum, and the Portland Classical Chinese Garden.

The library cultural pass will get varying numbers of people in for free to any of these locations, except the Portland Art museum, which will reduce its price to $5.

Families can call and reserve their desired pass ahead of time, and pick it up the night before. The passes are checked out just like a library book, but must be returned at least an hour before closing time the day they are used.

“It just takes a little planning,” program coordinator Hanna Hofer said. “Really, it’s a great money saver to get to go to those places for free.”

Canby Art Association displays

The new artist displays went up Friday afternoon and will remain on display through Saturday, Aug. 30. This month’s display features nine artists of different skills and mediums.

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