Library set to kick off summer reading program

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s summer reading program runs June 11-Aug. 9, with reading clubs for all ages.

Participants can sign up online at www.cmlibrary.org/summerread. Those without computers can use the free ones at the library.

Participants can track their reading using the library’s online log. Those who finish reading the required number of hours will be eligible for prizes.

Sponsoring businesses, like Wendy’s, are donating more than $25,000 in prizes to help encourage participants to keep reading all summer.

The library will also offer participants an opportunity to remove some of the fines from their library cards.

“Children who read, succeed,” Library Director David Singleton said. “So we aim to encourage young people to include reading in their summer activities.”

Singleton said 22,167 people signed up for last year’s summer reading program, documenting more than 13.8 million minutes of reading.

“That’s exciting because we know the student who participated, returned to school in the fall more prepared to learn than if they hadn’t been reading,” Singleton said.

Library branches will also host programs to complement the summer reading experience. The library hoped to release information about such events for children, teens and adults in late May.

For a complete list of library programs, visit www.cmlibrary.org/programs.

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