Live summer to the fullest with Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore

Live summer to the fullest with Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library encourages reading and learning year-round, especially during the summer months when students are on break from school. Summer is the most critical time of the academic year, because it presents the most risk. Students without access to summer learning opportunities fall behind their peers, creating an achievement gap that’s hard to close. To help beat the “summer slide,” the Library offers “Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore,” its annual summer learning program. This year, the program runs June 1 – August 12, 2018.

Pre-registration at summerbreak.cmlibrary.org began May 21. The Library offers early registration to help students get a head start in signing up before school is out. Participants can create free online accounts to track reading time and learning activities from June 1 to August 12.

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 will collect virtual badges and incentives, and be eligible for random weekly prize drawings. Participants complete the program by reading 20 hours OR by reading at least 10 hours and completing 10 learning activities.

Participants who complete the program, and log activities online for nine out of 10 weeks, will also be eligible to receive one Carowinds ticket. These tickets will be valid at Carowinds through the end of the 2018 season, and will be available while supplies last.

The official Summer Break website, summerbreak.cmlibrary.org, offers reading lists and plenty of ideas to fill up everyone’s summer break with enriching activities. The Library also offers thousands of free programs in all locations during the summer to engage the community in a wide variety of fun and educational experiences; special kickoff events are listed below. Come to any of these kickoff events, sign up for Summer Break and get a $5 voucher toward library fines and a coupon for a free Jr. Frosty from Wendy's

Parents of young children won’t want to miss the interactive summer exhibit hosted at ImaginOn, Storyland: A Trip through Childhood Favorites. Details are below and at imaginon.org/storyland.

The 2018 Summer Break program is brought to you by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in partnership with Carowinds. Additional support comes from Wendy’s and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Break Kickoff Events at ImaginOn

Summer Break Kickoff at ImaginOn
Tuesday, June 12 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Participate in a variety of engaging and educational activities for some family-friendly fun, as you also learn more about Summer Break. Read, write, create, explore, play and give. Learn more or call 704-416-4600.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Exhibit at ImaginOn: Storyland: A Trip through Childhood Favorites
June 9 – September 9, 2018. Admission: Free
ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte. Info: imaginon.org/storyland
Storyland transforms seven beloved and award-winning picture books – The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault; Abuela by Aurthur Dorros; and Tuesday by David Wiesner into three-dimensional play and bi-lingual (English and Spanish) learning environments. The exhibit is targeted to children ages birth to 8 years old. Information about the exhibit and planning your visit to ImaginOn can be found at imaginon.org or call 704-416-4600.


Summer Break Kickoff Events in Library Locations
Events are listed by date.

Summer Break Kickoff (for Adults)
Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at West Boulevard
Join us as we kick off our summer learning program for adult readers. Learn more or call 704-416-3000.

Summer Break Kickoff (for Teens)
Thursday, June 7 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Beatties Ford Road Regional
Teens are invited to join us as we kick off our summer learning program! Learn more or call 704-416-3000.

Summer Break Kickoff: Professor Whizzpop
Thursday, June 7 from 3-3:45 p.m. at Morrison Regional
Join us as we kick off our summer learning program for readers of all ages. Professor Whizzpop will bring books to life in this hilarious, engaging and every so brilliant “Read to Achieve” magic show. This show will inspire your children to become eager readers and reading heroes. Tickets will be given our 30 minutes prior to the show. Learn more or call 704-416-5400.

Summer Break Kickoff
Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hickory Grove
Join us as we kick off our summer learning program for readers of all ages. The Jolly Lollies will perform at 11 a.m., lunch will be provided at 12 p.m., Summer Break sign-up and activities will take place at 1 p.m., Afro House Dance will perform at 2 p.m. Learn more or call 704-416-4402.

Summer Break Kickoff on the Green
Monday, June 11 at 10 a.m. at Davidson
Join us as we kick off our summer learning program for readers of all ages. Limbo, spoon races, hula hooping on the Green and more! You can also sign up for a Summer Break account. Learn more or call 704-416-4000.

Summer Break Kickoff: Big Bang Boom
Monday, June 11 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Cornelius
Get your summer started right! Join us as we kick off our summer learning program for readers of all ages. This celebration will feature the children’s rock band, Big Bang Boom. Learn more or call 704-416-3800.

Summer Break Kickoff: Professor Whizzpop
Monday, June 11 from 3-4 p.m. at Steele Creek
Join us as we kick off our summer learning program for readers of all ages. Bring books to life in Professor Whizzpop’s hilarious, engaging and ever so brilliant “Reach to Achieve” magic show. Learn more or call 704-416-6800.

Summer Break Kickoff
Tuesday, June 12 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Independence Regional
Join us as we kick off our summer learning program for readers of all ages. At 2 p.m., Vincent Rivers will share music, laughter and stories in a fun-filled musical experience. After, we will play, create, explore, read and more with a party on the lawn (weather permitting). Registration is not needed for individuals; registration for groups is limited and available for some programs. Learn more or call 704-416-4800.

Summer Break Kickoff
Wednesday, June 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Plaza Midwood
This family-friendly day will help you get started on the Summer Break program. From storytime to video games, there is something for everyone. Pick up vouchers for pizza lunch at the Library between 12-2 p.m. by registering for Summer Break. Learn more or call 704-416-6200.

Summer Break Kickoff: The Amazing Mr. Archer
Wednesday, June 13 from 1-3 p.m. at Beatties Ford Road Regional
Join us as we kick off our summer learning program for readers of all ages. This celebration features The Amazing Mr. Archer, who provides a unique storytelling experience through balloon entertainment. Learn more or call 704-416-3000.

Summer Break Kickoff
Thursday, June 14 from 1-3 p.m. at Sugar Creek
Join us as we kick off our summer learning program for readers of all ages. Special guests include the Charlotte Hornet’s book bus, Beverly Dorn-Steel and Seemore Goodstuff, and Big Rig Kids. Learn more or call 704-416-7000.

Summer Break Kickoff (for Teens)
Thursday, June 14 from 2-4 p.m. at University City Regional
Teens, join us as we kick off our summer learning program. Snacks, giant games, dad jokes competition and a water balloon fight (weather permitting) will be held outside at the amphitheater. You can also sign up for a Summer Break account. Learn more or call 704-416-7200.

Summer Break Kickoff: The Amazing Mr. Archer (for Families)
Thursday, June 14 from 2-3 p.m. at Mountain Island
Join us as we kick off our summer learning program with The Amazing Mr. Archer, a balloon artist and storyteller. Summer Break registration and a variety of activities will be available for all ages. Learn more or call 704-416-5600.

Summer Break Kickoff: Xcite Mobile Gaming (for Preteens and Teens)
Thursday, June 14 at 3 p.m. at Mountain Island
The Xcite Mobile Gaming video game truck returns for our Summer Break Kickoff. Enjoy multiple gaming stations, stadium-style seating and the latest video games. Learn more or call 704-416-5600.

Summer Break Kickoff
Saturday, June 16 from 2-4 p.m. at Mint Hill
Join us as we kick off our summer learning program for readers of all ages. Come in your PJs as we have a Pajama Jammy Jam for teens, PJ Mask characters for preschoolers and plenty more for those in between. Learn more or call 704-416-5200.

Summer Break Kickoff
Thursday, June 21 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Scaleybark
Join us as we kick off our summer learning program for readers of all ages. We’ll have face painting, balloon creations, snacks and so much more. Make sure to stick around for a special guest performer too. Learn more or call 704-416-6400.

Summer Break Kickoff: Billy Jones & the Pocket (for Adults)
Thursday, June 21 from 5-7 p.m. at Independence Regional
Join us for our Summer Break kickoff event featuring Billy Jones & the Pocket! This dynamic group brings danceable rhythms that are equal parts folk and rhythm and blues. Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy the live entertainment! Learn more or call 704-416-4800.

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