With summer vacation for many students nearly here, local libraries and stores are launching summer reading programs to encourage kids and adults to keep reading all summer.
Many offer free programs for babies to adults and often offer incentives and prizes for regular visitors and readers. These are great ways to keep a book in your children's hands during the long summer months ahead of us.
Here are some of the programs from across the region:
As I wrote last week, Wake County libraries kicked off its summer reading program last weekend. The system has programs for babies to adults, including special programs for grade schoolers.
Durham County Library starts its summer reading program on June 14. It offers programs for babies to adults, including lots of regular programming for kids.
Orange County libraries' program began June 1 and will be officially kicked off with an event on June 14. Programs and activities are offered for young kids to adults.
Registration for Chapel Hill Public Library's programs also began on June 1. Programs are offered for babies to adults.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield is registering readers now for its summer reading program.
Cumberland County libraries also have programs for kids, teens and adults in the summer.
Harnett County's program begins June 17.
Franklin County's summer reading program begins June 24.
Summer reading program registration runs June 9 to June 20 for the Sampson-Clinton Public Library to participate in programs that begin the week of June 23.
And some stores have programs:
Barnes & Noble asks kids to log eight books they've read during the summer. Complete a reading journal and take home a free book.
Pottery Barn Kids has a summer reading challenge between now and July 17 with weekly storytimes and other activities. The Pottery Barn Kids at The Streets at Southpoint in Durham, the Triangle's only Pottery Barn Kids store, has a weekly storytime at 11 a.m., Tuesdays. Check with the store for other special events this summer.
Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh has book clubs for kids and teens.