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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library encourages reading and learning all year long. The summer months, when students take a break from school, are critical to expanded learning. In fact, summertime poses the most academic risk because students without access to summer learning opportunities can fall behind their peers, creating an achievement gap that is hard to close.
To keep kids on track with important matters such as literacy and physical activity, the Library offers Summer Break, its annual summer learning program that encourages children to read, learn and explore.
Summer Break runs June 1 – July 31, 2023 and pre-registration begins Monday, May 15, 2023.
Register for Summer Break
The Library offers early registration to give students a head-start at signing up before school is out. Participants can create a free online account to track reading time, learning and leisure activities during the duration of the program. Summer Break encourages participants of all ages – children, teens and adults – to read 20 minutes per day and engage in additional learning activities such as writing, creating, playing, exploring and giving. As participants track their activities online, they collect virtual badges and incentives.
Summer Break participants complete the program by earning 1200 points. 1 minute of reading equals 1 point. At least 600 points must be earned by reading (equivalent of 10 hours). Learning activities are worth 20 points each. Sign up for Summer Break and get a coupon for a free Jr. Frosty from Wendy's.
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ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM
The 2023 Summer Break program is brought to you by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Additional support comes from Wendy’s , the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation and Charlotte Football Club's Greater Goals.
Register for the Summer Break challenge
Log your reading and activity time using the Beanstack app and track your progress. Log in to your existing Beanstack account from last year's Summer Break or create a new one and take the challenge today.
Take the Summer Break Challenge
Complete the program for a chance to win tickets to a Charlotte FC match
Returning for the 2023 program, Charlotte FC will join as a sponsor through their Greater Goals program. As part of this partnership, Charlotte FC and Library-branded stickers will be provided to participants of all ages at sign-up, in addition to a coupon for a free Wendy’s Jr. Frosty. Additionally, a 4 pack of tickets to an upcoming Charlotte FC match will be awarded to one program completer at each Library location. The winner of these tickets will be selected via a random drawing on Beanstack at the end of the program.
Learn more about Greater Goals
Participate in a Program
Register for one of our Library programs and earn minutes toward activities all month long. Discover reading lists and plenty of enriching ideas and activities for the entire family.
Access Library programming
All you need to know about Summer Break
Have questions about Summer Break? View our frequently asked questions page or our online video tutorials.
Access Summer Break Tutorial