Celebrating 30 Years of SMART Reading

The 2021-22 school year marks the 30th anniversary of SMART Reading. We’re excited to celebrate three decades of bringing the joy of books and reading to kids throughout Oregon, and we’re celebrating with some fun activities:

  • SMART Art: To celebrate the imaginative, transformative power of books in children’s lives, we’re commissioning a series of public art murals in communities across the state. Artists across the state can apply to be considered through our Request for Proposal (RFP). We’re also seeking available wall space for the murals in each of our communities. If you or someone you knows has available wall space, please share and/or fill out this quick form.  
  • Literacy Summits: On Thursday, Oct. 21, we’re convening a group of education and policy leaders to discuss the state of early literacy in Oregon and share strategies for supporting reading development and social-emotional learning for our state’s youngest students. You can register for Empowering Oregon’s Youngest Readers for Success: A Virtual Literacy Summit here. In spring 2022, we’ll hold a second session focused on the importance of diversity in children’s books.

Stay tuned for more information on our 30th anniversary celebrations soon!