Read your way to fun and prizes
Summer Reading is for all ages! Here's a look at the fun you can have this summer at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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It's fun to achieve Summer Reading goals!
It's easy and fun!

The Library's annual Summer Reading program runs June 11 - August 9, 2014. Participants track their reading during the summer to earn prizes provided by local sponsors. 


We offer summer reading for all ages, and you can pre-register starting today at

  • Wee Read for ages 0-3
  • Children's Summer Reading for ages 4-11
  • Teen Summer Reading for ages 12-18
  • Adult Summer Reading for ages 18 and up
Please join us!
This is why Summer Reading is important.
Summer Reading primarily aims to encourage reading during the summer because reading has been proven to help curb summer "learning loss" so that children and teens can return to school in the fall ready to pick up where they left off academically. This is a key component in the Library's year-long support of educational success in Mecklenburg County. It's also an opportunity for preschoolers to gain early literacy skills and for adults to read and inspire young people to read.


Thank you to our 2014 Summer Reading sponsors, who support us in these efforts.


Join us at the library for fun activities and events that help keep young minds active all summer. These are just a few highlights; check out the full schedule at
Summer Reading on the Green features kids' rock band Lunch Money, June 13.


Summer Reading Kickoff on the Green

Friday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m., Davidson Branch.

Enjoy the music of kids' rock band Lunch Money and literacy activities on the Green in front of Davidson Library in this community kick-off to summer reading. The festival is hosted by Cornelius, Davidson and North County Regional libraries.  


Plus many more kickoff events... 

Many of our library branches are kicking off Summer Reading with special children's events the week of June 11, featuring everything from African Drummers to Magicians. Click here to find an event near you!


Preschoolers have fun learning about money!

This year, PNC has provided generous support to make possible an exciting series of fun workshops that help teach very young children about money. ImaginOn, Morrison Regional, and University City Regional branches will each be hosting fun financial literacy festivals, plus we're offering ongoing Preschool Storytimes that invite children to have fun learning how people, things and money have value. These programs have been made possible thanks to the generous support of PNC's national Grow up Great initiative, to help prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and life. Learn More


Terrific Tuesdays at ImaginOn

This popular collaboration with Children's Theatre of Charlotte will return this summer, and tickets will be available starting June 4th. These FREE CTC performances are a perennial favorite and there's a great line-up of performers and special guests this year. Performances are FREE but tickets are required (and they go quickly)! Learn More


Science, Technology and Math... even in Summer!

Many library branches are planning Rookie Science and other STEM-based programming to help keep young minds excited about these subjects throughout the Summer months. Check your local branch.


This summer, explore possibilities with a spirit of "I can"... with help from your library! Here are just a few highlights of the teen programs in store.

Teen Summer Reading: I Can Be a DJ
Test out the turntables with local DJ Kwad-T and learn what it takes to be a DJ. This hands-on program will teach you the tips you need to get started as a DJ. Learn More

Draw in 3D with a
3Doodler pen!
Teen Summer Reading: I Can Be a Chef
Learn what it takes to make a delicious dish from scratch while participating in our Teen Cooking Challenge. During this hands-on program, teens will learn about the challenges and rewards of a career in this field, as well as how to read a recipe and measure ingredients. Learn More

Teen Summer Reading: I Can Create 3D Objects
Heard of 3D printing? Join us to learn about this growing field and experiment with how to make 3D objects using 3Doodler printing pens. Learn More
Adult Summer Reading events invite you to expand your mind and discover a new you. Here are just a few highlights; visit for much more.

Explore Culture and History Through Music


Destination Freedom: Music and History from the Civil Rights Era
Presented by the Levine Museum of the New South, this interactive presentation spotlights key events from the Civil Rights Era through discussion, song, and historic images. Learn More


Traveling Through Latin America with Music / Viajando a trav�s de Latinoam�rica
Explore Latin America through a combination of jazz, blues, and folk music via the acoustic performances of local singer Ana Lucia Divins and guitarist Carlos Crespo. Audience: Adults, Teens (12-18) Learn More

Alex McKeithen, a former student at Davidson College, ended up in a Parisian asylum after a series of manic episodes. He will discuss his riveting memoir, The Seventh Angel, and how his bipolar disorder was diagnosed and successfully treated. Held at Davidson, Main, Morrison Regional and West Boulevard branches. Learn More.


Meet the Author: Racing Into the Past with Tom Higgins
Tom Higgins, author of Racing Into the Past, is a retired sports reporter from The Charlotte Observer who covered stock car racing and the NASCAR circuit for forty years. Join us to hear stories from the sport's glory days of the 1950s and 1960s. Held at Morrison Regional, North County Regional and University City Regional branches. Learn More


Meet the Author: Amy Clipston
Amy Clipston is the best-selling author of the "Kauffman Amish Bakery" series. She will discuss the series as well as her upcoming memoir detailing her journey to become a kidney donor for her husband. Held at Mint Hill and University City Regional branches. Learn More


Meet the Author: Webb Hubbell
Join us to kick off Adult Summer Reading at Morrison with Webb Hubbell, author and political insider, as he introduces his first novel in a new series of legal thrillers with When Men Betray. The event is free but registration is required. Held at Morrison Regional branch. Learn More


Go Green!



Eco-Friendly Gardening Series

Wipe out Waste: Trash to Treasure
Learn what items are accepted by the County for recycling and why. Learn More

Get Tech-Savvy About Selling

Introduction to Selling on Ebay
Learn how to set up an account on Ebay, as well as how to photograph, post, sell and track your items. Learn More


Have fun!


Summer Reading Kick-off Event

June 11, 2014, Main Library

Kick off Adult Summer Reading with fun events throughout the day. Participate in a library scavenger hunt, sign up for Summer Reading, catch a summer film, find a literary character, meet author Alex McKeithen and more! Prizes & Treats! Learn More


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