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. We’ve partnered with some amazing muralists and we can’t wait to work with them to bring their art to life! We’re still seeking artists in Pendleton and Clatsop/Columbia counties. To access our Request for Proposal (RFP), click here. We’re also still seeking available wall space for some 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 convened 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. Click here to view a recording of the session. You can also view resources shared by our speakers hereIn spring 2022, we’ll hold a second session focused on the importance of diversity in children’s books.