Summer Reading 2014 registration now open
Durham County Library will celebrate the start of Summer Reading 2014 with a kickoff at Northgate Mall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dozens of performers and activities will be on tap, including Scrap Exchange, Paint Savvy, North Carolina Zoo, Museum of Natural Sciences, Durham Arts Council and other organizations.
Northgate Mall is at 1058 W. Club Blvd. The kickoff will take place both indoors and on the outdoor plaza between entrances 2 and 4. The event is free and open to the public.
This year’s theme, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” provides opportunities for interactive performances and hands-on science and technology programs at the kickoff and throughout the season. Participants of all ages will find a wide range of activities available.
Summer Reading online registration for children, teens and adults is now open. The library is encouraging everyone to avoid the “long digital lines” by signing up for a summer of reading before the official start of the season.
Patrons can sign up at durhamcountylibrary.org, or in person at any library, but they won’t be able to log reading minutes until the kickoff.
According to the State Library of North Carolina, the number of books students read during the summer is consistently related to academic gains. Children in every income group who read six or more books over the summer gained more in reading achievement than children who did not. The use of the public library during the summer is more predictive of vocabulary gains than attending summer school.
To help students make those gains, and to ensure no one misses out on the joys of a good book, Summer Reading encourages everyone to read throughout the season. Participants will track their reading online using a point system. Each minute read is worth one Summer Reading point, and points can be earned for participating in activities such as attending programs and writing book reviews. Up to 1,000 points can be redeemed at any time between June 14 and Aug. 9 for a variety of prizes.
A minimum of 600 points enters the reader into a drawing for this year’s grand prizes, which include a Nabi Jr. Tablet and Chrome Book for children; a Kindle Fire and gift certificate for teens; and a tablet, theater tickets and restaurant gift certificates for adults.
Each location will host special events for all ages during a Midpoint Week Rally, July 7 to 13. Visit the library website or check out Summer Reading publications available at each location for details.
The Summer Reading Finale will be held at the Museum of Life and Science from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 9. More information about Summer Reading is available at durhamcountylibrary.org/summerreading.