Summer Reading officially ended Aug. 9 August 10. (The deadline was extended!)
We hope you had fun and will continue reading!
We`d like to thank you for reading with us this summer, and remind you to visit a library to pick up your prizes by 5pm on Saturday, Aug. 17. Don`t wait, because prizes are only available while supplies last.
Children’s Summer Reading Grand Prize Winners: iPad Mini
Sam R. (South County Regional)
Miguel G. (West Boulevard)
Teen Summer Reading Grand Prize Winners: iPad Mini
Liv L. (Matthews)
Alicia G. (University City Regional)
Teen Summer Reading Grand Prize Winner: Samsung Google Chromebook
Jay P. (Scaleybark)
Adult Summer Reading Grand Prize Winners:
iPad Mini: Andy N. (South County Regional)
Kindle Fire: Peggy C. (Morrison Regional)
Kobo Touch e-Reader: Meghan K. (Mint Hill)
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch e-Reader: James H. (Sugar Creek)
Kindle Basic B&W e-Reader: Miste B. (Davidson)
Coupon for One Year of Free Bagels at Panera Bread: Amy T. (Mint Hill)
Two Passes to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: Beth S. (South County Regional)
One Month of Free Yoga at Yoga One: Tracey E. (Independence Regional)
$25 Gift Card to Brixx: Joey V. (South County Regional)
Coupon for a Free Class with Bellydance By Nayna: Sheena B. (University City Regional)
$25 Gift Card to PF Chang’s: Katrina J. (Independence Regional)
21 MILLION TOTAL MINUTES OF READING!
What a year! 24,280 individuals signed up for the Library’s 2013 Summer Reading program. Participants documented 21,051,640 minutes of reading!
Check out the photos of Summer Reading 2013 on our Flickr page!
Keep on reading!
Remember, just because summer reading is over, doesn`t mean the reading adventure needs to stop. Your public library is a year-round place of possibility, where people of all ages can dream, learn and grow. We hope you`ll visit us often at the library to check out great books and participate in wonderful programs all year round. This year, we will be offering more than 18,000 free story times, classes and learning activities.
Thank you to our sponsors
Many thanks to the generosity of our sponsors for making the 2013 Summer Reading program possible. If your company would like information on supporting the 2014 Summer Reading program, please contact the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation to learn about opportunities.
2013 Summer Reading Login Pages
Teens (Ages 12-18)
Children (Ages 5-11)
Wee Read (Ages 0-4)
Summer Reading is helping students.
Children who read, succeed.
Those few words sum up why the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library`s summer reading program is so important. Along with our partner, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, we believe that reading and literacy in children and teens is a strong predictor of educational attainment and career success.
The library is making an impact on the youngest children and their parents, building critical preliteracy skills to prepare young children for school. For school-aged children, several studies have shown that the academic gains made during each school year can erode significantly between Memorial Day and Labor Day if children do not read. According to one researcher, "Summer reading setback is one of the important factors contributing to the reading achievement gap between rich and poor children."
This is particularly worrisome for two reasons: First, students who are struggling with reading in the third grade are likely to have trouble in all subjects, because reading is so essential to learning in grades four through 12.
Second, reading is becoming an even more essential skill for all students, as North Carolina and other states move toward Common Core Standards in which literacy (reading) is embedded in all parts of the curriculum. The more children read, the better their fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
The Library`s Summer Reading Program for children and teens is helping to address this critical issue by encouraging reading during the summer months. Interestingly, the number of books read during the summer can make a difference. Studies suggest that reading four to six books over the summer helps readers maintain their skills, and reading ten to twenty books helps improve their skills. Or, as one researcher puts it, "Free voluntary reading is the best way to better reading and language development."
The library is building readers who will be prepared to succeed in school, the workplace, and in life.