As the school year winds down, local libraries and book stores are gearing up for a fun summer of reading.
Many offer programs for kids, teens and adults to encourage reading of all kinds. For kids, you'll often find free activities to keep the momentum going. And most programs offer opportunities to win prizes. My girls and I will spend plenty of time at the library this summer.
Here are some of the programs across the region:
Wake County libraries' summer reading program runs June 1 to July 31. Kids will get a bag and other goodies when they visit. Teens could win weekly prizes. Adults could win a Kindle Fire.
Durham County libraries' program kicks off with an event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 15, at Northgate Mall in Durham.
Orange County libraries' program includes events in June and July for all ages. Participants can win prizes or give with "Book Bucks," which allows them to choose a book to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House and Orange Congregations in Mission Samaritan Relief program.
Chapel Hill Public Library's program runs June 1 to Aug. 10 and offers something for kids, teens and adults.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield starts up its summer reading program on June 1.
Cumberland County's program starts June 1.
They begin June 17 at the libraries in Harnett County.
It runs June 25 to Aug. 6 in Franklin County.
Summer reading program registration begins June 17 for the Sampson-Clinton Public Library.
And some stores are offering special rewards and programs for reading:
Barnes & Noble asks kids to log eight books they've read during the summer. Complete a reading journal and take home a free book.
Click here for Pottery Barn Kids' program.
Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh has book clubs for kids to teens.
And keep checking Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. Its website should have more information about this summer's reading program soon.