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Libraries rock this summer

The Cabarrus County Public Library System launches the 2018 Summer Reading Program for children and adults alike.

The summer-long initiative seeks to encourage summer reading, education, and retention through programs, performers, and events around a centralized theme. This year’s program runs through Saturday, Aug. 11, and the theme is Libraries Rock!

Any Cabarrus County resident can participate. The program divides participants into groups—birth to 5 years old, 6 to 12 years old, 12 to 18 years old, and adult—with age-appropriate activities.

Go to www.cabarruscounty.us/srp to register, view event calendars and print out reading logs. Residents can also register and pick up materials at any branch of the library.

During the two months of the program, participants can qualify for a prize by logging various activities. Each person can submit up to three activity logs for a prize of their choice. Each log lists age-appropriate suggestions. Activities include reading, listening to an eBook, visiting a museum, playing games, attending a library program and more.

Originally, summer reading helped kids avoid the summer slide. According to the Reading is Fundamental website, the summer slide happens when minds stop learning over the summer. Children who do not read over the summer will lose up to three months of reading achievement. By the end of fifth grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer are three years behind their classmates.

Today, summer reading has something for children, teens and adults. Not just about reading, the program encourages people to use the public library as a gateway to lifelong learning, creativity and exploration. It includes literacy-based hands-on activities and fun events.Last year, more than 3,200 children, more than 500 teens and more than 1,300 adults participated in the Summer Reading Program.

For more information on the Cabarrus County Summer Reading Program, visit www.cabarruscounty.us/library, find the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cabarruscountylibrary or contact the individual branches:

  • Concord: 27 Union St. North in Concord, 704-920-2050
  • Harrisburg: 201 Sims Parkway in Harrisburg, 704-920-2080
  • Kannapolis: 850 Mountain St. in Kannapolis, 704-920-1180
  • Mt. Pleasant: 8556 Cook St. in Mt. Pleasant, 704-920-2202

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