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‘SMART at the Library’ events coming up


SMART, Start Making A Reader Today is gearing up for the 4 th annual SMART Art: Show, Sale, Social on October 22, 2015 at 5:15pm at Kendall Toyota in Bend.

Each year, SMART invites young artists to participate in the Art Contest connected with SMART Art. This year we would like to invite the community to take part in the fun by joining us for a SMART at the Library events which will be held in Bend, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, Redmond, Sisters and Sunriver.

We will be at Deschutes Public Libraries:

Sunriver 8/11 from 12:30 to 1:30pm

La Pine 8/14 from 10:30 to 11:30am

Sisters 8/21 from 1:30 to 2:30pm

Bend 8/27 from 11:30am to 12:30pm

Redmond 8/28 from 10:30 to 11:30am

At Crook County Library:

Prineville 8/20 from 10:30 to 11:30 am

At Jefferson County Library:

Madras 8/25 from 11:30am to 12:30pm

SMART at the Library is also an opportunity for us to recruit volunteers for the 2015-2016 program year. Come to your local Library and find out more about what it takes to be a volunteer for SMART in your local schools. It only requires one hour a week, it’s fun and it’s of great benefit to the kids.

Bring your friends, bring your children, bring your grandchildren and join us for an entertaining afternoon of volunteer recruitment and artistic fun.Our goal for this event is to:

Enlist more SMART volunteers to read with children in local schools (It only takes one hour a week!)
Create some book-inspired art that can beentered intoour SMART Art contest and displayed at our fall fundraiser.
We will provide all the materials. All you need is a love of reading and some time to relax and channel your inner artist. Art pieces submitted by children ages 3-18 will be eligible for prizes at our fundraiser in the fall.
Can’t make it to SMART at the Library? No problem. Log onto and click on the “Call for Submissions” link to find out about submitting your book-inspired art pieces for SMART Art, 2015. Or if you are interested in volunteering log onto and click the “Volunteer Now!” button on the homepage.

SMART at the Library promises to be a fun event for all! And the best part about it? It’s FREE!

About SMART® (Start Making A Reader Today) SMART, Start Making A Reader Today, is a statewide nonprofit organization that envisions an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed. We partner with schools around the state and engage community volunteers to read one-on-one with PreK-Third grade children, helping to strengthen literacy skills and encourage a love of reading.

Over the past two decades, SMART has steadily grown to become Oregon’s largest volunteer literacy program. Children in the program receive 14 new books throughout the school year to keep and read with their families. Together, with support from communities and schools around the state, SMART is improving the reading capacity of Oregon’s children. Visit or call 541-355-5600 to learn more about SMART.

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