School is winding down for many kids around here ... for some it's already started!
And that means libraries are gearing up for another summer of programs designed to ensure that kids keep at least a few books in their hands in between camps and pool and summer break time.
Libraries across the region offer free programs for babies to adults and sometimes even include incentives for reading a certain number of books. These are great ways to keep kids reading all summer long.
Here are some programs from across the region:
Wake County libraries' summer reading program runs June 1 to July 31 and includes programs for babies to adults. Young children and grade schoolers can win weekly prizes when they visit the library and check out books. Teens can enter to win prizes. Libraries also are offering free weekly programs for kids from kindergarten to fifth grade.
Durham County Library starts its summer reading program on June 11 when a big kickoff event is planned at Northgate Mall. It offers programs for babies to adults, including lots of regular programming for kids. Registration is open now.
Orange County libraries' program begins June 11 with a 5K and fun run/walk and kickoff party (with ice cream!) at the Main Library in Hillsborough. Programs and activities are offered for young kids to adults.
Registration for Chapel Hill Public Library's programs begins June 10 and encourages everybody to learn, read and do more this summer. Programs are offered for babies to adults.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield begins June 15.
Cumberland County libraries also has programs for kids, teens and adults in the summer. The summer reading program launches June 4 with a big event.
And some stores have programs:
Barnes & Noble asks kids to fill out a summer reading journal to get a free book.
Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh also has book clubs for kids and teens.