It is summer time in Seaside, and that means summer reading is in full swing for all ages at the Seaside Public Library. As part of the countywide summer reading program, this year we are challenging readers in Warrenton and Astoria to see who can read the most this summer! Can Seaside out-read both Warrenton and Astoria combined? We sure think so! For more on the community reading challenge, go to the Seaside Public Library’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/seasidepubliclibrary.

In addition to the summer reading challenge, which is open to children, teens, and adults, the Library is also offers events, activities, and performers all summer long!

For kids, Juggler Charlie Brown will be providing fascinating tricks and entertainment on July 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Astoria Library, 1:30 p.m. at the Seaside Library, and 3:30 p.m. in Warrenton. Other events during summer reading at the Seaside Library include an Olympic Games themed event, Lego club, and weekly preschool age story times. The kid’s events in June and early July have already been spectacular with such fare as a cowboy show, craft days, and a comedian.

For teens, upcoming events include an obstacle course, creative jewelry crafts, and a summer movie. All teen summer reading events are held on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. at the library. So far Seaside teens have already learned how to make picnic food (and enjoyed a picnic afterward), had a ping-pong competition, and created beautiful sand art. The teen space of the library has had some updates this summer with the addition of a new teen reading bench and display area.

Adults can join in the fun too, and turn in reading logs for a chance to win prizes as well as attend great events at the library including a jewelry appraisal on Saturday, July 30, at 1 p.m., hosted by the Friends of the Seaside Library. Registered Gemologist Danuta Hackett will join us for a fun filled afternoon of antique jewelry appraisal. If you have an old piece of jewelry that’s tucked away in the back of your junk drawer bring it in to have a registered gemologist put it under the microscope. Danuta Hackett will take us on an adventurous history lesson and treasure hunt that may shed some light on the origins and values of your antique and vintage jewelry. Hackett will be giving her opinions only on the value of pieces and no purchasing of any items will take place. Adults can also join the monthly trivia tournament typically held the second Wednesday of the month in the library community room. Teams compete for bragging rights of being the “Know-it-alls” in the room.

If you are into the new PokemonGo game that is all the rage this summer, stop by the library to recharge and see if there are any Pokémon’s hiding around the library! Who knows if there may be a rattata or bulbasaur lurking nearby?

Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway. For more information call 503-738-6742 or visit www.seasidelibrary.org or our Facebook page.

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