Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Harney, Jefferson and Northern Klamath Counties

The SMART Reading Central Area team implements SMART Reading programs, and raises funds to support SMART Reading in Central Oregon. In the 2022-23 school year, we served 1,062 PreK through third-grade students and gave away 13,833 books. We are focused on recruiting more volunteers and establishing strong financial support among our communities to ensure we can continue this important work of empowering local children through reading.

Click here to read SMART Reading Central’s Year-end Report.
Click here to read SMART Reading Central’s Local Newsletter.

Local Staff:

Jennifer Zardinejad Area Manager

Jennifer Zardinejad
Area Director

Amy Luther Senior Program Manager

Volunteer Opportunities:

Click here for more information on volunteering with SMART Reading. For a list of sites we serve in the Central area, click here, or call 541-797-7726.


SMART Reading partners with local businesses, foundations and organizations that support SMART Reading through financial contributions and employee volunteerism. For a list of our Central Area business, foundation and organization partners, click here ›.

Leadership Councils:

SMART Reading Leadership Councils are groups of individuals who help SMART Reading flourish in our local communities through fundraising and recruitment.  Thank you to our Central Area Leadership Council members:

  • Kimberly Barrett – Snap Fitness & Silver Moon Brewing
  • Jim Linker – Umpqua Bank
  • Erin van der Velde – Tetherow Resort

*Emeritus member


Paulina Springs Book Drive11/27/23 to 12/24/23

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