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Dare County Library’s Summer Reading Program is free, fun and educational

The Summer Reading Program at the Dare County Libraries is designed to be flexible and fun for children of all ages. The program is educational and will help children maintain the reading skills they developed throughout the school year so they are better prepared to resume school again in the fall.

This year’s Dare County Library Summer Reading Program is planned differently. Unlike prior years, staff won’t be hosting popular performers and filling meeting rooms with dozens of parents and children. To begin Summer Reading this year, programs will be “virtual,” or outside (weather permitting) and there will be weekly “kits” including activity sheets for parents to take home, as well as available on the library’s website.

“If guidance changes, it is possible we will have an in-person program or two by the end of the Summer Reading Program in early August,” stated a press release. “Weekly activity sheets will be posted on our website and weekly activity kits will also be available via our convenient ‘no staff contact’ curbside pick up at each library location.”

This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story” and many fun and exciting activities have been planned. Registration may be completed online at darenc.com/SummerReadingProgram or a parent can call and pick up forms for their children at the library via curbside service weekdays between 10 a.m and 5 p.m. Weekly themes and activities will be posted on the library’s Summer Reading website.

The program will reward children who complete five fun reading activities on their reading tracking form (bingo card) by August 7 by awarding them a brand new free book of their choosing from a list, courtesy of the Dare County Library Foundation. The reading tracking form (bingo card) is also available on the library’s website. There is a tracking form for preschoolers and a different one for school age children. Each week a new activity sheet will be available online and weekly activity kits will be available for curbside pick-up.

Participating children can read books from home or books from the Dare County Libraries via curbside delivery service. The Dare County Library also offers free eBooks for children of all ages.

For more information about free eBook products, including how to access, visit darenc.com/virtuallibrary.

Major funding for the 2020 Summer Reading program comes from The Dare County Library Foundation, darecountylibraryfoundation.org. The Dare County Library Foundation was established in 2002 to enhance library services and collections. The mission of the Dare County Library Foundation is to improve the quality of services that the Dare County Library provides to the community. By securing resources to support library programs and projects not normally met by public funding, the library can grow and better meet the needs of the community.

“We hope that parents, grandparents and caregivers will give their child, grandchild, niece or nephew the opportunity to discover or rediscover the wholesome enjoyment that reading for pleasure can give to a young person as they “IMAGINE YOUR STORY!” at the Dare County Library this summer,” stated the release.

Weekly themes and activities will be posted on each library location website.

For more information, call the Hatteras Library at 252-986-2385, the Kill Devil Hills Library at 252-441-4331 Manteo Library 252-473-2372.

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