Dare County Library Summer Reading Program begins in June

By on June 2, 2023

The Dare County Library has announced that registration for its 2023 Summer Reading Program, “All Together Now,” will begin this month. Registration for the program begins on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at the Kill Devil Hills Library and on Thursday, June 22, 2023 at the Hatteras Library and the Manteo Library.

About the Summer Reading Program

The Dare County Library’s Summer Reading Program—which is free for participants and designed to be flexible and fun for children of all ages—helps area children maintain the reading skills they developed throughout the school year so they will be better prepared to enter the classroom once again in the fall.

According to the Dare County Library, when children are out of school and not reading on a regular basis, they lose an average of one month’s worth of instruction—a phenomenon often referred to as “the summer slide.” The Dare County Library encourages local parents to help their children avoid experiencing “the summer slide” by participating in the free, fun and educational Summer Reading Program.

The program will reward children who read a total of 40 days during the program by providing them with a brand-new free book to keep, courtesy of the Dare County Library Foundation. The days that children spend reading throughout the summer are tracked at each Dare County Library location, and the books that each child reads as part of the program can either be Dare County Library books that they have checked out or books from home.

The Dare County Library’s Summer Reading Program also encourages children to participate in a variety of weekly programs that are scheduled to take place at each library location, but it is flexible in order to allow children to participate in the events and activities of their choosing. Children and their parents can stop by the Dare County Library branch in their area during business hours to report and record their reading achievements.


“All Together Now”

The theme of the 2023 Summer Reading Program is “All Together Now,” and Dare County Children’s Librarians Donna Roark and Tammy Batschelet have many fun, engaging and educational programs planned around this theme. Children can register beginning Tuesday, June 20, 2022, at the Kill Devil Hills Library and Thursday, June 22, 2022 at the Hatteras Library and Manteo Library.

The program rewards children who read a total of 40 days out of the 50-plus days of the program with a brand-new book to keep, courtesy of the Dare County Library Foundation. Days spent reading over the summer are tracked at each library, and books that your child reads can be library books or books from home. Children will receive a sticker for each day they read or are read to on their reading log.

Preschool age children are invited to enroll in a special “All Together Now” Summer Reading Program just for them, which is designed to improve their reading and listening skills. Parents can track the books they read with their preschoolers. Preschool Story hours continue over the summer, but the schedule changes, so be sure to check the Dare County Library’s online calendar or stop by the library location in your area to pick up an “All Together Now” Summer Reading Program calendar of events.


Registration Kickoff Events for the 2023 Summer Reading Program

To celebrate the launch of the 2023 “All Together Now” Summer Reading Program, the Dare County Library will host a series of free kickoff registration events at each of its three branches. All programs are free and open to children of all ages.

  • Kill Devil Hills Library: The Kill Devil Hills Library has two exciting kickoff events planned, the first of which will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2023. This program will be repeated along with a second signup event at the Kill Devil Hills Library from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2023.
  • Hatteras Library: The Hatteras Library’s programming will kick off at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2023 with OBX Lizard Land, who will showcase their amazing live creatures.
  • Manteo Library: The Manteo Library’s kickoff program will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2023 and will also feature the incredible live creatures from OBX Lizard Land.

If you are unable to attend one of the above kickoff events, you can still register your child at any time throughout the summer at the front desk of your local library branch beginning Tuesday, June 20, 2023.


July and August Summer Reading Program Events and Activities

In addition to the kickoff events listed above, several other Summer Reading Program events are scheduled to take place throughout July and August, including visits from the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Dare County Scallywags baseball team and Windy Farms Petting Zoo, as well as a Lego-building contest, Dare County Community Day, animal tracks scavenger hunt, family art night, escape rooms, Nature Outloud interactive music and Sensi Ron Collins Taiko Japanese Drums.

For more information about the Dare County Library’s 2023 Summer Reading Program, “All Together Now,” please click the button below or contact the Dare County Library branch in your area at the following numbers.

Kill Devil Hills Library: 252-441-4331

Manteo Library: 252-473-2372

Hatteras Library: 252-986-2385

For more information, please visit Dare County Library.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


Sussex Development is soliciting bids to turnkey supply and install FF&E for the new Tulls Creek Elementary School, 125 Campus Drive, Moyock, NC27929. This project is a new ground-up 2-story, Pre-K thru 5th grade school, approximately 118,000 square feet. Bid documents may be obtained through Christopher West Interiors LLC. Request bid documents via email to interiors@cwiusa.com. Pre-Bid RFIs will be accepted via email until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 5:00PM EST. Pricing proposals are due Wednesday, August 14, 2024 by 5:00PM EST. All bids and inquires to be sent to interiors@cwiusa.com. Certified NC Hub, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE are highly encouraged to participate. Sussex Development is an EOE and maintains a drug-free workplace.


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