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Summer Break

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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, 2024 and pre-registration begins Monday, May 13, 2024. 


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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The 2024 Summer Break program is brought to you by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Additional support comes from Carowinds, Charlotte Football Club's Greater Goals, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation and Wendy’s.


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

Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore Challenge completers between the ages of 5 years and 17 years will be entered into our grand prize drawings, thanks to our generous sponsors, Charlotte FC and Carowinds. One completer ages 5 years to 17 years from each branch will be selected to win a family four-pack of tickets to an upcoming Charlotte FC match at Bank of America Stadium!

New this year, we will award Carowinds ticket two-packs as prizes for drawings for our completers ages 5 years to 17 years. We have a limited number of these two-packs and will complete the drawings while supplies last. 

Completers are entered into drawings for both types of tickets. Winners are eligible for only one drawing prize based on the drawing in which they are selected. Drawing prizes cannot be substituted. Only one drawing prize per Beanstack account and/or household. Group participants are not eligible to win the drawings. 

Carowinds tickets must be used by September 8th. Distribution will be electronic/in person at the winner’s preferred branch.



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.


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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


    Summer Break is Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s summer learning challenge. Summer Break combines at least 20 minutes of reading per day with a variety of other learning activities. 

    If you don’t see the answer to your question on these pages, please contact the library.  You can call your local branch, or submit a question.   

    When and how do I collect my prizes? 

    Go to your local branch and talk to a staff member to collect prizes.   

    Why should you participate in Summer Break? 

    • Read and learn for pleasure. 

    • Help us reach our community goal of reading 10.5 million minutes this summer. 

    • Challenge yourself to experience something new. 

    • Set a personal goal and feel the victory of accomplishing it. 

    • Exercise your brain daily to keep it active and healthy. 

    • Encourage students to read all summer to prevent summer learning loss. 

    • Help little ones explore the world of words around them. 

    • Give back in ways that enrich the lives of others. 

    • Be an inspiration — you are a model of learning! 

    • Belong to a community of readers.  

    • Enjoy the rewards of a summer well spent! 

    Starting June 1st through July 31st, the Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore challenge launches for you and the community!  

    You are challenged to read 10.5 million minutes with the community while working towards a completion prize and virtual badges. You can participate by reading, writing, creating, playing, exploring and giving. You can track activities like reading books, playing a game, creating art, taking a walk, or writing a letter to a friend or family member! In 2023, our community read 10,254,513 minutes.  

    We are thrilled to partner again with Carowinds, Charlotte FC and Wendy’s! This year, children ages 5-17 who meet the eligibility and prize drawing criteria will be entered into a drawing for a limited number of tickets to either Carowinds or to an upcoming Charlotte FC game. For full details, see below.

    • You can create your account then register for the Summer Break challenge to start logging your reading and activities from June 1st through July 31st . Pre-registration begins May 13th. 

    1. To create a new account, go to the Summer Break website :  

    2. Scroll down to click on either "Register an Individual or Family” or “Register a Class or Group,” then enter some basic information about yourself and your Readers.  

    3. Then go to Challenges and register for Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore. 

    • If you already have an account, sign in and join the Summer Break Challenge to log reading and activities all summer long. 

    •  You can also use the mobile app - “Beanstack Tracker” (by Zoobean). Once installed, search for “Charlotte Mecklenburg Library” after you “Choose an Organization Type” of School, Library or Bookstore. 

    An individual account means you will record reading time and activities for yourself.  

    A family account allows people within the same household to participate together on one Summer Break account.   

    When you create an account for the Summer Break website, you have the option to add family members to that account. Once you do, you’ll be able to log reading time or activities for each family member. If you created the account, you are the Account Creator. If you did not create the account, you are a family member. Only Account Creators can log in to track reading and activities but can share their login information with family members if they would like to do so.  

    Visiting family members are encouraged to participate in Summer Break and can create their own individual or family account.  You do not need a library card to participate. 

    Yes! Group accounts are designed for people who want to participate together but are not part of the same household. Summer camps, daycares, senior centers, and other groups can sign up on their own or with staff help and then log their reading and activities together.  

    • You can sign up for a group account on the Summer Break website : scroll down and click on “Register a Class or Group” then enter some basic information about your group.  

    • You can also use the mobile app - “Beanstack Tracker” (by Zoobean). Once installed, search for “Charlotte Mecklenburg Library” after you “Choose an Organization Type” of School, Library or Bookstore. 

    • If you need assistance with creating your group account, please contact your local library or email [email protected] for more information. 

    • Groups are not eligible for Carowinds or Charlotte FC tickets.

    Each individual or family account in the Summer Break website should have a unique email address so that you can reset your account password and receive email reminders. Library staff can help you set up an email address if you don’t already have one. The Library will not sell or share your email address, and uses email addresses and other personal information in accordance with the Library's Privacy Policy.  

    We will also use email to notify prize drawing recipients and to transfer electronic tickets to winners.

    Group Account Creators can have multiple groups under one Account Creator and email address. 

    A library card number is not required to complete the Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore challenge.  

    Participants ages 5-17 must enter a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library card or CMS ONE Access card number to be eligible for the Carowinds or Charlotte FC ticket drawing.

    Click “Sign In” if you already have a Beanstack account. Select the “Forgot Your Username?” or the "Forgot Your Password?" link. This link will send an email to the address on your account that will help you reset your password. 

    After you log in, click on the “Settings” or “gear” icon" in the upper right-hand corner of your Beanstack account page. Click the “Edit Account” dropdown to edit the Account Creator’s name, email address, phone number, library card, preferred branch and password. 

    In the top right corner, click the name of the Account Creator to select the reader you want to edit. Select the pencil icon for “Edit Reader” to edit “Basic Information” including name, age, library card number, school, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools or ONE Access student ID number, grade and home library location. 

    Once you are signed up, logged in, and have chosen the Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore challenge, click the orange "Log reading and Activities" button at the top left of your dashboard. Choose the Reader, then select whether you are logging minutes or activities and fill out the required information. 

    You may read anything you like. We just want you to read! You can read to yourself, to someone else or have someone read to you. You can read books, magazines, newspapers, websites, email, comics, blogs or listen to recorded books. 

    We all read at our own pace, so you can go as fast or as slow as you want.  The Library recommends that you read at least 20 minutes a day. The website will allow you to log up to 10 hours (or 600 minutes) of reading at a time.  

    To complete Summer Break (ages 5 and up), you need to earn 1200 points.  

    • At least 600 points (10 hours of reading) must be earned through reading.  
    • Log activities to earn more points. Each logged activity is worth 20 points.  
    • Children ages 0-4 complete Summer Break by simply filling in every box on our Wee Read challenge! Pick up a paper Wee Read at a branch or complete online! 

    To complete Summer Break (ages 0-4), you need to fill in every square on the BINGO board. 

    • Everyone who signs up will earn a Wendy's Jr. Frosty coupon.  
    • Children ages 5-17 will receive a sports flyer.  
    • Everyone will receive a small incentive at the halfway point. 
    • When you complete (see the above FAQ question on “How do I finish the program”): 
    • Babies and children get to choose a new, popular book  
    • Teens get to choose either a new, popular book OR notebook 
    • Adults get a lunch tote 
    • All prizes are available while supplies last. 


    How do I qualify to be entered in the Carowinds or Charlotte FC ticket drawings? 

    • Be between ages 5-17 
    • Have a CMS ONEAccess or Charlotte Mecklenburg Library card number 
    • Complete the Summer Break program  
    • Log an activity every week from June 1 through July 31 
    • In order to claim your sign-up and completion prizes, you must visit a library branch no later than Saturday, August 17th. Ask any staff member and they will guide you to the right desk for picking up your incentives. 

    • Remember that all incentives are available while supplies last.  
    • Drawing winners will be notified by email between August 1 and 2.  

    The Library is now fine free! Woohoo! Participants will not earn fine waivers for Summer Break 2024. 

    Children and teens ages 5-17 who meet the eligibility criteria will be entered into a drawing for a limited number of a pair of Carowinds tickets. 

    La biblioteca Charlotte Mecklenburg alienta la lectura y el aprendizaje todo el año. Los meses de verano, cuando los estudiantes se toman un receso de la escuela, son críticos para ampliar el aprendizaje. De hecho, el verano representa el máximo riesgo académico porque los estudiantes sin acceso a oportunidades de aprendizaje en el verano pueden retrasarse con respecto a sus pares, lo que genera una brecha de logros que es difícil de subsanar.


    Para mantener a los niños encaminados con cuestiones importantes, como la alfabetización y la actividad física, la biblioteca ofrece el programa de vacaciones de verano, su programa anual de aprendizaje de verano que alienta a que los niños lean, aprendan y exploren.


    El programa de vacaciones de verano se extiende del 1 de junio al 31 de julio de 2024. La preinscripción comienza el lunes 13 de mayo de 2024.

    La biblioteca ofrece una inscripción temprana para darles a los estudiantes la oportunidad de registrarse antes de que termine la escuela. Los participantes pueden crear una cuenta gratuita en línea para registrar el tiempo de lectura, el aprendizaje y las actividades recreativas durante el transcurso del programa. El programa de vacaciones de verano alienta a que participantes de todas las edades (niños, adolescentes y adultos) lean 25 minutos al día y participen en actividades de aprendizaje adicionales, como escribir, crear, jugar, explorar y dar. A medida que los participantes registran sus actividades en línea, obtienen incentivos e insignias virtuales.


    Complete el programa ganando al menos 1200 puntos, con al menos 600 puntos (10 horas) ganado por la lectura. 1 minuto de lectura equivale 1 punto. 1 actividad equivale a 20 puntos. Regístrate en el programa de vacaciones de verano y obtén un cupón para un Jr. Frosty gratis de Wendy’s.


    El programa de vacaciones de verano de 2024 lo presenta la Biblioteca Charlotte Mecklenburg. El apoyo adicional proviene de Carowinds, Greater Goals del Charlotte Football Club, la Fundación de la Biblioteca de Charlotte Mecklenburg y Wendy's.


    Regístrate para el desafío de las vacaciones de verano

    Registre su tiempo de lectura y actividad usando la aplicación Beanstack y realice un seguimiento de su progreso. Inicie sesión en su cuenta Beanstack existente de las vacaciones de verano del año pasado o cree una nueva y acepte el desafío hoy.

    Acepta el desafío de las vacaciones de verano

    ¡Completa el programa para tener la oportunidad de ganar entradas para Carowinds o un partido del Charlotte FC!

    Vacaciones de verano: Leer, aprender, explorar Los participantes que completen el desafío entre 5 y 17 años de edad participarán en nuestros sorteos de grandes premios, gracias a nuestros generosos patrocinadores, Carowinds y Charlotte FC. ¡Un participante de entre 5 y 17 años de cada sucursal será seleccionado para ganar un paquete familiar de cuatro boletos para un próximo partido de Charlotte FC en el Bank of America Stadium!

    Como novedad este año, otorgaremos paquetes de dos boletos de Carowinds como premios por sorteos para nuestros participantes de entre 5 y 17 años. Tenemos un número limitado de estos paquetes de dos y completaremos los dibujos hasta agotar existencias. Los finalistas participan en sorteos para ambos tipos de boletos. Los ganadores son elegibles para un solo premio del sorteo según el sorteo en el que fueron seleccionados. Los premios del sorteo no se pueden sustituir. Solo un premio de sorteo por cuenta y/o hogar de Beanstack. Los participantes del grupo no son elegibles para ganar los sorteos.

    Los boletos de Carowinds deben usarse antes del 8 de septiembre. La distribución será electrónica/presencial en la sucursal preferida del ganador.

    Participar en un programa

    Regístrese en uno de nuestros programas de la biblioteca y gane minutos para actividades durante todo el mes. Descubra listas de lectura y muchas ideas y actividades enriquecedoras para toda la familia.

    Acceder a la programación de la biblioteca


    Todo lo que necesitas saber sobre las vacaciones de verano

    ¿Tiene preguntas sobre las vacaciones de verano? Vea nuestra página de preguntas frecuentes o nuestros videotutoriales en línea.

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