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Reading over the summer helps students avoid summer learning loss, numerous studies show – but even more importantly, it’s a chance for students to focus on the joy of reading, choosing their own books and becoming lifelong readers.

With many school libraries closed for the summer, where can children and teens find books, both in print and online? Here are a few suggestions.

  • Start with your public library! Summer reading programs with booklists, prizes and events start in June at Josephine, Jackson, and Klamath County libraries.
  • Ebooks and audiobooks are always ready to check out, from wherever you are. Get an instant library card for 30 days for Jackson and Josephine Counties, then visit to make it permanent. Or visit a Klamath County Public Library in person for a library card with access to Libby/Overdrive.
  • If your school district provides Sora/Overdrive, you can use Sora Sweet Reads all summer long. To find out if you have access, search here –  type the full school district name, if your school doesn’t come up. Add even more ebooks through Public Library Connect (video here).

Other free sources of books and read-aloud videos (younger children):


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