Local libraries are gearing up for their summer-long reading programs that aim to keep kids reading all summer.
The program, for babies to teens, requires kids to read or be read to for a certain amount of time each week. There are often regular events, prizes and giveaways all summer. And best of all, it's free.
Libraries across the country work together to provide the program at as little cost as possible. This year, that consortium has selected a water theme for the programs. So get ready for a lot of references to making waves and splashes by reading.
Many libraries will be holding special events over the next week or two to kick off the summer program. Here's some information along with links to regional library systems for more details:
- Wake County's regional and branch libraries each hold their own summer reading program kickoffs and programs. Many are in the next week or so. Check your local library for details.
- Durham County's library system will start up its summer reading program with a special event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 19 at the Main Library on Roxboro Street.
- Chapel Hill Public Library will register readers June 11 to July 23 for its summer program.
- Orange County Public Library is registering people now. Programs begin the week of June 14.
- The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield will offer programs starting June 15.
- Cumberland County libraries' programs started June 7, but it's not too late to get involved.
- Lee County's program starts June 14.
- Harnett County programs start June 21.
- Franklin County libraries will offer summer reading clubs starting in mid-July.
- Sampson-Clinton Public Library will register readers age 5 to 8 from June 14 to June 19. A kickoff is scheduled at 10 a.m. June 19 at the Clinton City Market.
If your county isn't listed, let me know in the comments.