Reading program entertains kids while honing their skills

By on June 13, 2019

Parents can rest easy knowing the Summer Reading Program at the Dare County Public Libraries is educational and will help children maintain the reading skills they developed throughout the school year so they are better prepared to enter the classroom once again in the fall.

It’s designed to be flexible and fun for children of all ages. Weekly programs are scheduled at every library location, as well as for individual participation on their own time. Children may stop by the library any time it is open to report and record their reading achievement.

This year’s Summer Reading theme is “A UNIVERSE OF STORIES!” and many fun and exciting programs have been planned. Children can register and begin reading on Monday, June 17. Children can sign up for the Summer Reading Program on this day, or any day after this, whenever the library is open.

The program will reward children who read a total of 30 days during the summer by awarding them a brand-new free book of their choosing.

Additionally, children can enter to win a great grand prize at each library location, based on the number of days you read. The more days your child reads this summer, the more entries they automatically have to win a grand prize.

Days reading over the summer are tracked at each library, and books that your child reads can be library books or books from home.

Preschool age children are invited to enroll in a special “A UNIVERSE OF STORIES!” Summer Reading Program just for them, designed to improve their reading and listening skills. Parents can track the books they read with their preschoolers. The children will receive a sticker for each day they read or are read to on their reading log.

The Hatteras Library kicks off summer programming with “Don’t Make It Bright, Clean Up the Night!” Do you ever wonder what happens in the Library at night? Come to the Hatteras Library on Tuesday, July 2 at 6:30 pm and find out! We will have interactive displays, crafts, and Star gazing. Our partners for this special program are the Hatteras Island Ocean Center, Roanoke Island Aquarium and the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association. Our thanks to the International Dark-Sky Association for the free informational pamphlets, and a special thanks to Lee Robinson General Store for providing food and refreshments. This program is free and for all ages.

Our next special free Summer Reading Program event will be on Tuesday, July 9 with Donna Pruett, “The Balloon Lady”. We invite children of all ages to join the fun with this special event. The Balloon Lady will twist balloons into incredible creations right before your eyes. Her entertaining program includes her award-winning balloon formations, music, and storytelling that will appeal to children of all ages. Don’t miss her fun and high energy performance! The Balloon Lady will be at the Hatteras Village Civic Center (just up the street from the Hatteras Library) on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am, at the Kill Devil Hills Library from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and at the Manteo Library from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The program is free, and children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

On Wednesday, July 17 Magician Hunter Rhodes will present a free performance for all ages, as well as a Magic Workshop for older children. In the last year, Hunter Rhodes has performed over 250 times for literally thousands of people, often incorporating his roots in music to add the perfect complement to his performance. Hunter brings his special style of humor, audience involvement and magical entertainment to every one of his magic shows. He consistently provides entertaining experiences for all. The magic show on Wednesday, July 17 will be held from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at the Hatteras Library, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the Manteo Library, and 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Kill Devil Hills Library. The program is free, and children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Hunter will also host a free Magic Workshop for older children in 4th grade through 12th grade on Wednesday, July 17 at the Hatteras Library at 10 am to 11:00 am, at the Manteo Library from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm and at the Kill Devil Hills Library from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

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