THINK BIG Save for College

      Statistics point to potentially significant loss of learning when young people are not in school during the summer. In an effort to get books in the hands of children, the Oregon College Savings Plan has partnered with the Oregon State Library and the Oregon Library Association to offer THINK BIG Save for College, a statewide campaign designed to promote Oregon public libraries' summer reading programs. Michael Parker, Executive Director of the Oregon College Savings Plan and MaryKay Dahlgreen, State Librarian, joined us today to tell us about the program.

      THINK BIG Save for College encourages kids and teens to participate in their local library's summer reading program as a fun way to maintain their reading skills and prepare for the coming school year during summer break -- while giving their parents a chance to win a $1,000 Oregon College Savings Plan account. Up to 15 winners, three from each Oregon congressional district, will be selected in a random drawing. Every library with a winning child will also receive $500.

      THINK BIG Save for College kicks off June 1 across the state and continues through August 31. Last year, nearly 162,000 children and teens statewide participated in the summer reading programs offered at public libraries throughout Oregon, reading more than 165,000 books and 678,000 pages, according to the Oregon State Library.

      To participate in THINK BIG Save for College, Oregon parents/guardians/grandparents must first enroll their children in the 2012 Summer Reading Program at their local public library, then fill out a postagepaid entry card, available at the library, and drop it in the mail, or enter online at All entries must be postmarked by August 31 and received by Sept. 7. Multnomah County Library patrons must enter online at by August 31 at Visit for official rules and prize details.