Bill to Visit Oregon City Library as Guest Storyteller on July 31st

Oregon City, Oregon: On Tuesday, July 31st, Oregon State Representative Bill Kennemer will visit the Oregon City Library as a guest “storyteller” for the Preschool Storytime, held at 10:15 a.m. in the children’s area of the library at 606 John Adams Street. He will be followed by Senator Alan Olsen on August 7th.

Representative Kennemer represents the residents of House District 39 which includes the Oregon City area in addition to Beavercreek, Canby, and Mulino. Senator Olsen represents Senate District 20 which includes Barlow, Canby, Oregon City, Gladstone, Johnson City and Oak Grove.  They have been invited to visit the library to learn about the latest offerings in early literacy services provided by the library, and to witness firsthand how public libraries utilize Oregon Ready To Read funds (the only state funding allocated for public libraries).
According to Maureen Cole, Director of the Oregon City Public Library, the Library primarily uses state Ready To Read funds to administer their annual Summer Reading program. Cole reports, “This offers a unique opportunity to showcase the library’s services to preschoolers and their parents to our state representatives. Reading is vital to helping children enter school ready to read and ready to learn and Representative Kennemer and Senator Olsen are strong supporters of the work libraries do to support literacy.”
 As a County Commissioner, Kennemer worked hard for the passage of the Clackamas County Library District which now funds all of the Clackamas County libraries.
Oregon City Public Library invites parents and care givers with preschoolers ages three to six to attend the guest storytellers appearances. In addition to story time activities, this offers them the opportunity to meet and speak with their state legislative representatives.