Iredell library system launches summer reading program
The Iredell County Public Library system held its summer reading kickoff program on Saturday at the new Iredell County Parks and Recreation Center.
BY KARISSA MILLER
The Iredell County Public Library system enjoyed a strong turnout Saturday morning as it kicked off its free summer reading program under sunny skies.
The staff from all three Iredell library branches came together and partnered with a wide range of county and community agencies at the new Iredell County Parks & Recreation Center.
The agencies included: Iredell County Animal Services, Iredell County Partnership for Young Children, Troutman Police Department, Iredell County Solid Waste Department, Iredell County Parks and Recreation, Luna Nera Creations, Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center, Iredell County Health Department and Iredell County Fire Marshal's Office.
Dozens of families dropped in for the three-hour event. Children and adults participated in summer activities, inflatables, games and even got a chance to dunk Library Director Julianne Moore in the dunk tank.
Why summer reading matters
“During the summer months when kids don’t read, they fall behind in their learning. That leads to teachers spending 20 percent of their time reteaching the same material that they spent teaching the last six weeks of school,” explained Youth Services Manager Carole Dennis. “If they keep reading and writing during the summer, they start school and haven’t lost any knowledge.”
The goal of the summer reading program is to get kids reading books because they choose to read, Dennis said.
“We aren’t concerned with their AR (Accelerated Reader) levels. We want them to fall in love with books,” she said.
About the Summer Reading program
The Statesville, Troutman and Harmony library branches are all exploring "A Universe of Stories" with this year’s free summer reading program, which runs through July 27 and includes activities and prizes geared for youth and adults of all ages.
All locations offer three programs: one for newborns through rising fifth-graders, a teen program for rising sixth-graders through high school seniors, and an adult program for ages 19 and up.
The library will then give each participant a paper time sheet to help track reading time to earn points and then redeem those points for prizes.
Participant can also earn points by participating in all free activities, for referring a friend who signs up for the summer reading program, and by attending a library program.
Books and e-books can be checked out at the library for free. Also, the library is a place to purchase books if you want to own them. The book sale is ongoing and features an assortment of gently used books. All proceeds help support the library.
Summer Reading Finale
The library will be hosting “Space Trek: Magic, Music and Stories” with Steve Somers at all three branches for their grand finale. Statesville’s grand finale is Thursday, July 25, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Harmony’s grand finale is Wednesday, July 24, at 10:30 a.m.; and Troutman’s grand finale is on Wednesday, July 24, at 2 p.m.
To register for the summer reading program, you must come into the library and register. Participants do not have to live in Iredell County.
For more free events and other information, visit https://www.iredell.lib.nc.us/363/Summer-Reading-2019