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Summer Library Reading Programs Start this Week

It’s summer! Which means it’s time to read more books (or, at the very least, it’s time for your KIDS to read more books!).

Here’s what some library systems around the state having going on. By no means is this list comprehensive:

Chapel Hill Public Library hosts The Summer Blast! Kids, teens, and adults are challenged to read at least twenty hours. The Blast begins with a kick-off party Friday, June 9, from 2:00-6:00 pm with activities, food trucks, and more.

Forsyth County Public Libraries encourages participants to read as many age-appropriate books as possible during the summer. All library locations have an array of special programs for children, teens, and adults. They aim to make summer a great time, not only to read, but to enjoy music, magic shows, author visits and many entertaining programs at the Library. Make plans to join the fun! For a full list of themes, click here.

Mecklenburg County Library wants kids to “read, learn and explore” during Summer break. Anyone, any age, can win prizes or books for children in need in the Mecklenburg County community. It’s free for all ages—kids, teens and adults—and it’s easy to join. This month, they’re offering nearly two dozen Summer Break kickoff events. They include live music, science shows, balloon twisting, popsicles, BBQ, and more. Find a kickoff event near you.

New Hanover Public Library will host a Summer Kickoff Festival featuring the Cape Fear Circus Arts and 208th Army Band. Enjoy ongoing activities, crafts, bubbles and water play! Hot dogs for sale from the CG Dawgs food cart (try the 2 dogs, chips + drink special for $6). Don’t forget to grab your FREE summer reading bag and check out the Children’s Room!

The following public libraries will be “Building a Better World” with special events, fun activities and prizes to promote reading and encourage people to visit the library. Children up to fifth grade who want to participate can pick up bags and reading logs at their local library. Children can earn stickers when they visit the library, and each week when they check out three or more books, they will receive a special “weekly wow.” These include paint sheets, stickers and other themed items. Older children will be entered in raffles. As follows:

Happy reading!