Libraries Offer Reading Fun, Events for Exceptional Students on Winter Break

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Many people think of the winter break as a time for shopping, family visits and toys. Most kids during this time of year don’t even want to look at a book, let alone visit a library.

The length of the winter break varies depending on whether your student is on a year-round or traditional calendar schedule, but it is still long enough for some exceptional children to get a little fuzzy with their reading until school resumes. Even a little bit of reading can maintain their focus during the holidays.

Visiting the local library is a good choice for those days when the toys that go “blinkety-blink” need to take a rest. If parents are able to get their children to read during any break from school, especially one in which extra toys and electronics are involved, the child could have a smoother transition back to school after the holiday—or at least one can only hope.

Parents of all children, can keep the academic focus by visiting the library and participating in some of the events. Most local libraries are open during the winter break and offer educational and fun workshops for children of all ages.

Libraries open and ready for business

This is not an exhaustive list, but parents can benefit by searching the website for events and workshops at their local library. The events and times will vary depending on the location, as well as the holiday closing times for Christmas and New Years’ Day.

The Durham County Library will be closed Dec. 24-27 and Jan. 1. Before and after, there is an extensive calendar of events for all aged children. If parents are pinched for time, their children can access online story times.

Teenagers will enjoy a variety of art and book clubs at certain branches in addition to an awesome dedicated interactive website specifically for their age group.

During the week of Dec. 28, teenagers can enjoy a variety of fun events at the main Durham library, (300 N. Roxboro St.), and no registration is required. Free of charge and with a library card, students in need of homework help can access “BrainFuse,” which is a live chat with an online tutor. For more information regarding times and locations for teen activities such as homework help, SAT prep, or tutoring, please contact Faith Burns at or call 919-560-0122.  

Wake County Libraries are closed from Dec. 23-25 and Jan. 1. On Jan. 2, most branches will hold a family story time. Parents should check the event calendar for a list of times and locations.

All Orange County Library locations will be closed from Dec. 23-26 and Jan. 1. For all aged children, there are “drop-in” programs available the week of Dec. 28. In addition, there are a variety of teen programs including a teen blog. For an interesting teaching tool, parents will enjoy the local history collection at the main library (137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough).

Other library options

If parents need a library card, they must provide valid driver’s license and/or proof of address. Parents can also access the “ebooks” collection with their library card.

For parents who do not have a library card and cannot travel to any library, “Tumble Books” is available free of charge, anytime online.  

Something for everyone

Even if there is no event scheduled at your library, perusing the titles for a great book and finding a quiet corner to read is always an alternative.

C.C. Malloy lives in Greensboro and is a steadfast supporter of children with a disability. Any information here should not be considered legal advice and counsel should be sought for personal educational guidance. For additional support, please visit her website, Bizigal's Exceptional Blooms.


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