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Youth Services: Statewide Summer Reading

Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Programs in North Carolina Public Libraries have encouraged school-aged children to continue to read so that they do not experience "summer slide" or a loss of reading and other skills during the months school is not in session. 


Statewide coordinated summer reading programs began in the summer of 1980 with the theme, From Hatteras to Cherokee: Folktales and Legends of North Carolina through a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.  Since 1998, North Carolina Public Libraries' summer reading programs have been funded as a part of the State Library of North Carolina's regular budget.


The State Library of North Carolina (SLNC) is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Programs and underwrites the statewide summer reading program for participating state-aid eligible libraries.



Summer Learning Research

2017 Summer Reading Workshops

For workshop registration go to the Train Station.

Host:  BHM Regional Libraries,

  • Location: Goose Creek State Park, 2190 Camp Leach Road, WashingtonNC 27889
  • Date: March 10, 2017
  • Time: 10am-4pm


Host:  Iredell County Public Library,

  • Location: 201 N Tradd Street, Statesville, NC 28687
  • Date:  March 17, 2017
  • Time: 10am-4pm​

Host: State Library of North Carolina

  • Location: 109 East Jones St, Raleigh
  • Date: March 31, 2017
  • Time: 10am-4pm 

Summer Learning