It's the final week of Summer Break

It's the final week of Summer Break

Another summer has flown by! School supply shopping has begun, vacations are winding down and another Summer Break program is about to end. 

Remember that Sunday, August 12 is the last day you can enter reading time and/or activities in your account. Participants have until Saturday, August 18 to pick up milestone incentives (while supplies last).

  • Wendy's Jr. Frosty coupons (earned at sign-up)
  • Fine waiver cards (earned at sign-up; 10 hours, 15 hours and 20 hours of reading)
  • Summer Break completion incentives (Babies/Children: a book; Teens: choice of a book or Library drawstring bag; Adults: a Library tote bag)

track reading time & activities online

Giving makes the world go 'round

Many of you may have noticed that you earned a "Giving Makes the World Go Round Badge." Participants earn this badge when they reach 25 hours of reading. Every summer, the Library gives back to the community by donating books to a local organization in need.

This year's recipient will be the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, an organization that provides "a safe, affordable and caring 'home-away-from-home' for families of children receiving treatment in Charlotte-area medical facilities." The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte will receive books appropriate for babies through upper elementary age children, and will distribute the books to families who are suing their services.

Thank you to all participants whose reading has contributed to this donation. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has donated books to the Ronald McDonald House in the past, and are thankful they are able to accept contributions again this year.

Weekly prizes

Each week during Summer Break, the Library gives away three 16GB Kindle Fires. Prizes are drawn by age category with one Kindle Fire each for babies/children, teens and adults. Remember that to be eligible, you need to enter either reading time or an activitiy online each week to be eligible for prize drawings, and you must have a valid library card number or ONE Access account number entered in the library card field of each participant's Summer Break account. Keep an eye on your email account as this is how you will be notified if you win.

Congratulations to the following winners who have claimed their prize within the last week:

  • Adults: Velma T. (Beatties Ford Road Regional), Kasey W. (Main Library)
  • Teens: Austin T. (Plaza Midwood), Abby H. (Davidson), Hailey W. (Cornelius)
  • Babies/Children: Alicia S. (ImaginOn)

Upcoming programs

Even though Summer Break can be completed entirely online, you may want to check out some of these exciting, FREE programs coming up at your local libraries: 

Read Like a Star Book Club
When: Saturday, August 11 from 10-11 a.m.
Who: Adults, Older Adults
Where: Main Library's Dowd Foundation Learning Studio
Work like a boss, play like a boss and read like a star! Each month we will read a novel from a celebrity book club and then gather to discuss while sharing themed mocktails, healthy smoothies and light refreshments. Copies of the selected titles are available through the Library. Join us on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. In August, we are discussing Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal (the March 2018 pick for Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine Book Club). New members welcome!

Stem 101: Life-size Angry Birds
When: Monday, August 13 from 3-4 p.m.
Who: Children, Preteens, Teens
Where: Mint Hill Library
Participate in a variety of hands-on science experiments, engineering projects or math puzzles. This program will be held outside, weather permitting.

Sugar Creek Reading Lab Club
When: Wednesday, August 15 from 6-7 p.m.
Who: Children (5-11)
Where: Sugar Creek Library's Community Room A
Join us each Wednesday at 6 p.m. as we listen to interesting stories while improving literacy and critical thinking skills. A reading incentive or snack is provided.