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Wednesday, 12/31/1969

A Success Story: “Kinder Readiness Training for the Parents of Latino Children"

 On July 20th, was the closing ceremonies for a project that was recently funded by OCF through our Latino Partnership Project and the Marion County Reading for All Initiative.  The ceremony was hosted by FACES of America, a relatively new group that has sprung up here in the Northern Willamette Valley over the past two years. The evening was a culmination of a one month summer school program focused on reading and math recovery for 150 elementary school children lagging behind in these two critical areas. It also included a weeklong “Kinder Readiness Training" for the Parents of Latino children getting ready to enter the Salem/Keizer school system this coming Fall.

 The project was a collaboration of LPP, Marion County Reading for All!, the Salem/Keizer School District and Faces of America.



Wednesday, 04/01/2015

Thursday, 12/26/2013
myON Books extended through January 2014

Tuesday, 09/03/2013

City of Jefferson Community Library updates

Tuesday, 09/03/2013

Why Poor Students' College Plans 'Melt' Over The Summer


Monday, 08/12/2013

Updates from the Stayton Public Library

New Cultural Pass at the Stayton Public Library
The Library now has The Portland Aquarium Cultural Pass available for check-out. Our cultural passes check out for three days so you and your family can visit the Aquarium. Find out more at the Stayton Library, 503.769.3313 or stop in.

Thursday, 08/01/2013

Print Latest Reading for All! Report 2013

Monday, 07/29/2013

“What book are you reading?”

This question can bridge gulfs between people who never guessed they’d have something in common. It can turn routine business into a personal encounter.

This summer, it has made partners of two very different people: Anna Peterson, Salem mayor and community activist, and 17-year-old Jazmin Cruz, a teen whose dreams are undaunted by tough circumstances.

Peterson, for the record, loves books that fuel her travel dreams. Cruz favors fantasy and romance. Together they’re reaching out, from city hall to Cherriots buses, to celebrate reading and get readers talking.

Tuesday, 07/23/2013

Keizer Heritage Center to host interactive talk on literacy

Dr. Morris Pike, children’s author and retired university theater professor who doubles as the reading pirate Captain Book, will be speaking at the Keizer Heritage Center about the importance of getting books into the hands and homes of young children.

Tuesday, 07/02/2013

Scholastic and Reading for All! want every child to learn to read and become a lifelong learner.




Wednesday, 06/26/2013

Summer reading is vital

Summer and reading have gone hand in hand for me for as long as I can remember.  As children, my sister and I regularly walked with our mother to our local Multnomah County Public Library branch in North Portland.

Wednesday, 06/05/2013

For immediate release:  June 5, 2013

Contact:          Alison S. Kelley, MarionCounty Community Services

                        Department Director, 503-588-7975 or akelley@co.marion.or.us


Summer of Reading in Marion County

Salem, OR - As we approach summer vacation, Reading for All is promoting the “Summer of Reading” as a way to raise awareness among parents, grandparents, and caregivers about the importance of summer reading.   Why do kids need to read over the summer? It is simple. If kids don’t read, they will find themselves going down the “Summer Slide”– this is not the playground slide, but rather the loss of reading and learning skills that occur during the long break from school.  The single most effective way to combat the “summer slide” is to read.

Saturday, 06/01/2013

Thursday, 05/30/2013

Marion County "Summer of Reading Proclamation"

Because, Research shows that proficiency in reading by the end of third grade enables students to shift from learning to read to reading to learn, and to master the more complex subject matter they encounter in the fourth grade curriculum. Most students who fail to reach this critical milestone falter in the later grades and often drop out before earning a high school diploma.

Tuesday, 05/28/2013

Stop, Drop and Read! is a statewide reading event to be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2012.

Wednesday, 05/15/2013

An ongoing challenge is the decline in reading skills over the summer months.  It is estimated that children forget as much as twenty-two percent (22%) of the lessons they learned in the classroom over the summer vacation.  This has been termed the “Summer Slide”. 

In an effort to reverse the Summer Slide, parents and relatives can be involved by visiting and taking children to the local library regularly, registering youth for summer reading and other activity programs, and asking youth to journal about their summer experiences.  These activities can help youth avoid that “summer slide” by practicing the skills gained during the school year. Visit your local public library at Marion County Libraries.

Here is more information about the importance of summer reading.....

Thursday, 04/25/2013

The city of Aumsville has begun planning for its Summer Reading Camp Program, which will run every Monday for 10 weeks during the summer. In addition to having crafts and games, the children will be read to and receive a free book each week.

Thursday, 04/11/2013

Weddle Elementary Parents and Community Resource &Literacy Fair

The Parents and Community Resource & Literacy Fair on April 11, 2013 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m will target parents and community members in the Weddle neighboring areas that need support on literacy and educational success.

Monday, 04/08/2013
Oregon State University(OSU) would like to invite students and their families from the Salem area to “Si Se Puede” on April 8th, 2013 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at McKay High School.

Thursday, 03/14/2013

"2013 Spring Break Lunch and Books"

Marion Polk Food Share, Reading for All, Salem Keizer Education Foundation, Sodexo and several school districts, and community organizations will be distributing free lunches and books in over 45 sites across Marion and Polk Counties.

See a List of site near you. Print flier

Monday, 03/04/2013

Find a Little Free Library in your community!

Friday, 03/01/2013

Monday, 02/25/2013

Reading –let’s face it – is a vital part of learning. When someone thinks of school, reading something – an article, a story, a book, a test question – either pops directly into the conscious mind or flits from the subconscious level, tickling the edges of the conscious train of thought.

Friday, 01/25/2013

I Love My Library

The Stayton Public Library wants to know why you love your library?

During February, please come in to see our extensive bookmark display and choose your free button. Write down your reason for loving the library and enter for a chance to win gift cards to the Stayton Friends of the Library Book Store. Wear your button and help spread the word about your library.

Tuesday, 01/08/2013


How Reading Has Changed my Life

As an emerging author, most people approach me and say, “How awesome!  What inspired you to write a novel?” My first answer is “Because I love to read.”


Tuesday, 12/11/2012

The simple act of reading by Lisa Miller  Holiday Book Drive 2012

Wednesday, 11/14/2012

Access to books plays a big role in a child's reading habits
By Eugenia Sotelo

It has been well established that access to books is an important factor at whether children will read or not. Research clearly has showed that those children who have more access to books read more than those who often lack the opportunity of accessibility to books (Krashen, 2007).

Friday, 11/09/2012
National Novel Writing Month @ the Stayton Public Library
What is NanoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30. 


Friday, 10/26/2012

Promoting Literacy in the Northern Willamette Valley

With the support of our partner organizations and 4,815
dedicated volunteers, Reading for All  has distributed over 168,000 new and gently used books in the last three years.  

Monday, 10/22/2012

With determination, anyone can write

By Carolyne O'Connor

How does a pilot become a writer? My sister went to a great aeronautical university, taught computer accuracy as coordinator in one of the top-winning national flight teams, and, in general, made Tom Cruise’s character in Top Gun look like a softie. So, when we were sitting in a coffee shop a year and half ago, I was a bit surprised when she suddenly announced she wanted to become a writer.

Carolyne O’Connor is an Americorp Intern with the Marion County Health Department and a Reading for All Volunteer.  You can reach Ms. O'Coonor by email at mcarolyn.oconnor@gmail.com.

Tuesday, 10/09/2012

Thursday, 09/27/2012

Summer Literacy Program "Getting Ready for Kindergarten" and "Reading and Math Recovery Program"

On July 20th, FACES of America hosted the Clossing of their  Summer Literacy Programs at Four Corners Elementary School in Salem Oregon.

The event was the culmination of a one month Summer School Program focused on reading and math recovery for 150 elementary kids from the Salem Keizer School District lagging behind in thse two critical areas.  It also included a week long "Kindergarten Readiness" training for 120 Latino parents.

The project was a collaboration of Oregon Community Foundation Latino Partnership Project, Marion County Reading for All and the Salem Keizer School District and the support of Mid-Valley Literacy Center and the Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality. 

A Success Story Video


Saturday, 09/22/2012

Yamhill County Reading for All held it third annual National Literacy Month Celebration, "Curious? Read!" on September 22, 2012 in Sheridan. 

Saturday, 09/15/2012

Linfield College students conduct a book sort for Yamhill County Reading for All as a part of their Taste of Service Day.

Thursday, 09/06/2012

Thursday, 08/23/2012

Friday, 06/29/2012

Reading for All will be highlighted at the June 29 Volcanoes game.  Nominees from the 2012 Reading for All Literacy Awards will be recognized.  The spotlight will shine on youth, adults and businesses/organizations who have made a difference in reading throughtout Marion County. 

When: Friday, June 29, 2012
            Gates open at 5:30pm
            Reading for All program begins at 6:30pm
            Game begins at 7:05pm

Where: Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Stadium at 6700 Field of Dreams Way NE. Kezer, Oregon.

For more information contact the Marion County Children & Families Department at 503-588-7975 or visit www.volcanoesbaseball.com/ for tickets.

Official List: Reading for All Literacy Awards Nominees

Youth Adultl Organization/Business
Etan Alekseyenco
Vivian Ang Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality
Samantha Alvarez-Lopez
Celia Baculi The Block House Cafe
Chad Glanz
Linda Baker Trinity Methodist Church
Matthew Harris
Sara Burr Select Impressions
Justin Johnson
Linda Byeman Broadway Life Center
Corbin Kaiser
Donna Eberle Assistant League of Salem-Keizer
Shania Nunez-Ruiz Jane Erickson
Silverton Health
Alicia Scherbakava
Melinda Freshour Silverton Together
Hailey Scott
Rosa Garcia Salem Kiwanis Club
Jason Scott
Rachel Gries The Little House/La Casita
Megan Sebens
Lora Hofmann Universalist Unitarian Congregation
Ryan Sebens
Maria Lemus  
McKenzie Tissue
Meghan Loftus  

Naomi Warren

Kathy Martell
  Maria Rivas


  Mindy Rodin
  Lisa Sinks
  Pamela Sloan
  Danielle Smith
  Lois Thurton
  Javier Tolento
  Hilda Urbano
  Sylvia Valentine-Garcia


Wednesday, 06/13/2012


The Little House / La Casita Summer Literacy Activities

Summer is here and the Little House is ready to kick off their Summer Reading Activities.
Come to register to participate in the many exciting reading activities that would be happening at your Little House.

The Little House is located at 3032 Sunnyview NE. Salem. Near the intersection of Lansing and Sunnyview.

Monday, 06/04/2012

Silverton Arts Association. has a great line-up of exciting new camps this summer, and some returning favorites too.
All camps require registration, so sign up today by phone at (503) 873-2480, by email at info@silvertonarts.org, or on our website www.silvertonarts.org.

We’re looking forward to a great summer! Hope to see you in the park!

Thursday, 05/31/2012

On Saturday, May 5th, 100 parents, caregivers and child care providers gathered at Western Oregon University with one purpose: to increase their knowledge around dealing with and caring for children.  The first-ever "Learn, Grow, Thrive: Children, Families & Community" conference was a partnership between by Polk County Reading for All, the Parent Resource and Education Program (both programs of the Polk County Commission for Children and Families), and Western Oregon University Teaching Research Institute's Child Development Center. 

Monday, 05/21/2012

OCF Reading for All! Initiative Year One Report.

Monday, 04/16/2012

Families and partners gathered on March 31, 2012 to enjoy the premiere of the new Reading for All early literacy modeling DVD entitled "Growing Readers: Helping your child get ready to read."  Families received a gift basket as a token of appreciation for their participation. 

If you would like to receive a copy of the DVD, Please contact your local Reading for All Coordinator through out contact page.


Friday, 04/06/2012

Celebration of Cultures

This event celebrates the diversity that makes our community special. 

Downtown Silverton will come alive with the music, art, food, dance and displays from various cultures.  Businesses, student groups, artists, musicians, churches, and individuals participate in the festivities that allow community members and visitors to honor our differences and discover our common ground.

Tuesday, 04/03/2012

In an effort to inform parent of activities they can do with their children to help build strong pre-literacy skills, Yamhill County Reading for All!, in partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation and the McMinnville Public Library, produced this DVD titled 'Growing Readers: Helping Your Child Get Ready to Read.'  This DVD was made possible with the support of local families and community members who generously lent their time and expertise to help raise early literacy awareness.

Monday, 03/26/2012

Friday, 01/13/2012

Officials estimate 23,000 books — and counting — have been donated during this year's Reading For All Holiday Book Drive......


Friday, 09/23/2011

Southeast Salem Community Center Summer Camp

Family Barbecue and Summer Reading Celebration

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Happy readers from the Southeast Community Center in Salem, OR.

Saturday, 09/17/2011

Reading for All, in partnership with McMinnville Public Library, presented:


The fun family event took place on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Upper City Park in McMinnville.

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 The McMinnville fire chief did a story time reading for the children (left), while a clown made balloon creations (right).



Saturday, 05/07/2011
Reading for All partnered with SMART at the recent AWESOME 3000!  We held a bookwalk  where we gave away about 300 books, lots of bookmarks & had kids & adults take the pledge to read 25 minutes a day! 

Monday, 04/11/2011


In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week we would like to extend a great big "THANK YOU!" to all of the volunteers who have helped Reading for All to promote literacy in their communities!!

Friday, 04/08/2011


Audrey Schabel, 8, picks out a free book at Grow Into Reading. / Denise Ruttan | The Stayton Mail

Stayton's Friends of the Family organized the annual Grow Into Reading early literacy evening, held this year on April 8 at Foothills Church in Stayton.

A variety of family-friendly activities, many of them hands-on and ranging from bingo to balloon animals to crafts, were designed to get children excited about reading at any age. Children also got to take home free books.

Friends of the Family collaborated with Reading For All, Santiam YMCA, Mom's Club of Stayton, Head Start, Stayton Library Foundation, Stayton Elementary School, Stayton Police Department, All Star Preschool, Foothills Church and Stayton Awanas to make the event a success.

— The Stayton Mail

Saturday, 04/02/2011

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Benjamin and Jennifer Samp enjoy the books they received from Reading for All with their mom Kimberly at the Safe Kids Fair held on April 2nd at Juliette's House.

Wednesday, 03/30/2011


Patrick Williams chose to implement a book drive in the Jefferson community as his project to earn his Eagle Scout.  Patrick was successful in his efforts by organizing a team of volunteers to collect, sort and redistribute books back to the community.  Reading for All is proud to have been a partner with Patrick. Congratulations on achieving this prestigious award, and we wish Patrick the best in life!

Wednesday, 03/16/2011

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Dayton's new afterschool program will hold a "Pot of Gold" book drive to benefit children and families in their area March 16-April 6, 2011. 

Monday, 03/14/2011

Oregon State University is sponsoring the Agriculture in the Classroom Literacy Project with the book "Pancakes, Pancakes!" by Eric Carle.  The goal of the AITC Literacy Project is to improve both the reading literacy and agricultural literacy of Oregon elementary students.  Throughout this spring, dedicated volunteers will be sharing this story, as well as their own personal connection to Oregon agriculture, with students in communities throughout the state.

Saturday, 02/26/2011

The Heart of Literacy Conference held at McKay High School on Saturday, February 26th was a huge success!  Over 500 parents, educators, caregivers and community members came together to learn how to best support their children and navigate through school.  Over 66 workshop sessions gave participants a wide variety of options to choose from.  Topics included: bullying, homework help, time and stress management and, the key focus, literacy!

This year's sponsors included the Marion County Children and Families Commission which supports Reading for All, the Salem Keizer School District, and the Salem Keizer Coalition for Equality. 

 Tamra Goettsch, one of the organizers of the conference, said, "Literacy is one of the root causes of things affecting a community: it's linked to poverty; it's linked to unemployment; it's linked to just about everything.  You can't participate fully in a community, or life in general, if you struggle with literacy." 



Friday, 01/28/2011

'Free Books At Last' honors MLK, reading

 By mid-day Monday, Stayton Public Library had distributed 46 books to children — all free of charge.

The event, "Free Books At Last," was part of the library's annual Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration.

Willie Richardson, of the Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers' Museum, read a book about Sacajawea and Lewis and Clark together with children's librarian Casle Portner.

The library had more than 500 gently used children's books to give away, according to Portner. They were collected mostly through donations, and much of those through the Reading for All book collection drive the library held in December.

The library will hold other events throughout the year to give away more of
the books, Portner said.

— Denise Ruttan


Friday, 01/14/2011

Mabel Rush Elementary in Newberg recognized for outstanding partnership in the recent Reading for All Holiday Book Drive.


Tuesday, 12/28/2010

Bernie told me that she loved to read Shel Silverstein’s poems with her mom; she was eager for their holiday visit.  We found one of his books on the shelf and checked it out to her.  Her step-mom thanked me and quietly told me how special it was for Bernie to share that book with her mom.  We had a brand new copy of “Where the Sidewalk Ends” someone put in that red bin. I quietly slipped the book to Bernie’s step-mom.  Bernie always helps her step-mom with her baby sisters; she is definitely on Santa’s nice list.

Monday, 12/13/2010

Thank you to all who generously contributed to the Reading for All Holiday Book Drive!  We surpassed our goal of collecting 12,000 books over 12 Days, and by hitting over 35,000 between the three counties of Marion, Polk and Yamhill!  Staff and volunteers have been out collecting the last  of the donations and bins.

We don't want to seem greedy, but we could still use more books.  If you missed the drive, it's not too late!  The Marion Polk Food Share will be accepting new or gently used children's books all year long.  During normal business hours, books can be dropped off at 1660 Industrial Dr NE.

Season's Readings!




Saturday, 11/27/2010

Holiday Book Drive reminds people of the books that they loved as a child.  Yamhill County librarians and elected officials reminisce about their favorite books...

Take a trip down memory lane...what was your favorite book as a child?  How has that book stayed with you as an adult?  You can share that joy of reading with children in need by donating to Reading for All's Holiday Book Drive.


Tuesday, 10/19/2010

My Reading for All Experience

As a member of the Boy Scouts of America, I was asked to do a project that would help the community in Jefferson, OR.  During my involvement with the different programs in Jefferson, I learned about the Reading for All, an initiative designed around the idea of promoting reading throughout the Marion County communities.


Friday, 08/20/2010

Climax Summer Interns donated 2,870 books to Reading for All in Yamhill County following a successful summer book drive!

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