Brownsville Community Library

Teacher Carolyn visits the Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program in full swing
Teacher Carolyn visits the Summer Reading Program

A great book and a hands-on activity were part of the Summer Reading Program today at the Brownsville Library. 33 participants enjoyed listening to and singing with Teacher Carolyn read a delightful story. Afterward, we all trouped outside and planted a pirate ship with Teacher Carolyn. This program was part of a statewide AITC Literacy Project organized by Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC). AITC is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping students grow in their knowledge of Oregon’s agriculture, environment, and natural resources.

The AITC Literacy Project is designed to improve the literacy of Oregon’s young readers, and their knowledge of agriculture. Each year the project features a book with ties to agriculture and a related hands-on activity that reinforces the book.

This year’s featured read is Who Grew My Soup by Tom Darbyshire and illustrated by C. F. Payne. This delightfully clever book is filled with hilarious illustrations. In the story, a boy named Phineas doesn’t want to eat his vegetable soup and declares he won’t eat it until he knows where it came from. To his surprise, a man in a flying tomato balloon shows up to answer this question. Together they fly from farm to farm, learning about the amazing vegetables in his soup and the farmers who grew them. AITC has kindly donated a copy of this book to the Brownsville Community Library.

How the Literacy Project Works

The Literacy Project is an annual volunteer-powered event. Talented book lovers and members of the agricultural community donate their time to classrooms and libraries across the state. Trained volunteers arrange to visit their local schools where they read the book to students in Kindergarten through fourth grade. A related activity, completely prepared by AITC, follows the reading. Volunteers share their knowledge about local agriculture and make a personal connection to the book. Start to finish, it takes about 45 minutes. A copy of the book is donated to the classroom after the reading and each student gets bookmark. Additional lessons that complement the book are available from the AITC website.

Literacy Sponsors

The AITC Literacy Project has been generously supported by Oregon Women for Agriculture, NORPAC Foundation, and Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences. For more information on how to become a volunteer with the project, or have a volunteer come to your classroom visit

Next week at the Summer Reading Program we learn to TALK LIKE A PIRATE!  The man who started it all…Marc Summers will be reading his book, co-authored with his brother, Pirate Santa.  Our craft will be to make a pirate hat and there will be face painting with local face painter, Lovica Johnson. “A pirate is for life, not just for Christmas.”  These programs are free and lots of fun! If you have questions, please contact the Brownsville Library at 541.466.5454.