Kick Off Summer Reading With Fun Events at Local Libraries

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Summer reading programs at local libraries are a fun way to keep kids interested in books and learning over their break.

With the school year wrapping up, you and your kids are no doubt looking for some well-earned downtime. Get ready for splashing in the pool, impromptu games in the front yard and long, sunny days of relaxation. You’ve earned it!

But summer can be a great time, too, to support your child’s developing literacy skills and love of learning. Triangle-area public libraries have put together fun, educational, age-appropriate (and air-conditioned!) summer reading programs that encourage kids to keep reading even when school’s out.

Help your child get excited about summer reading at these events taking place across the area. Many libraries have kids sign up (either online or at the library) to signify their commitment to summer reading and offer prizes or special recognition for kids who meet their goals. Programs are free, and most do not require advance sign-up.

Wake County Libraries: June 3-4

The 22 branch locations that make up Wake County Libraries are running their summer reading programs June 1-July 31. Kick-off celebrations are taking place at community libraries Saturday, June 3, and at regional libraries Sunday, June 4. Activities will include tie-dying T-shirts, kid-friendly entertainment and more. Appropriate for all ages. See website for times and additional details for each location.

Orange County Public Library: June 3 and 10

Orange County Library’s summer learning programs run June 3-August 5 and include activities for all ages, including family yoga, an ice cream social and National Dance Day.

  • The Hillsborough location is hosting a kick-off event Saturday, June 3, that will include a 5K (8 a.m.) and fun run (8:30 a.m.) at the Riverwalk, followed by program registration and activities including a gardening workshop, live entertainment, and food trucks from 9 a.m.-noon. Advance sign-up for the 5K and fun run is required.
  • The Carrboro location (inside McDougle Middle School) is hosting its kick-off 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 10. Activities include a puppet show, gardening workshop, crafting fair and performance by the Chapel Hill Uukes.

Chapel Hill Public Library: June 9

The Chapel Hill Public Library’s summer season, called “Summer Blast,” runs June 9-August 10 and includes storytimes, book clubs, and special performances and activities, including Grey Seal Puppets, Rags to Riches Theatre and free movie screenings. Their kick-off party is slated for 2-6 p.m., Friday, June 9, and features special demonstrations and activities, food trucks, interactive booths and games. Bring a blank T-shirt and screen-print a souvenir.

Durham County Library: June 17

The Durham County Library’s summer reading program runs June 17-August 12. A kick-off party is slated for 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, June 17, at Northgate Mall in Durham and will feature performers, games, face painting, music and more. A special summer finale exclusively for registered program participants takes place after-hours at the Museum of Life + Science, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, August 12. Want to help share the joy of reading? Get involved in a summer service project to decorate, place and maintain Little Free Libraries in communities across the county.



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