Inside Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Summer Break Program

The program encourages kids to read, learn, and explore
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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library encourages reading and learning all year long. The summer months, when students take a break from school, are critical to expanded learning. In fact, summertime poses the most academic risk because students without access to summer learning opportunities can fall behind their peers, creating an achievement gap that is hard to close.

To keep kids on track with important matters such as literacy and physical activity, the Library offers Summer Break, its annual summer learning program that encourages children to read, learn and explore.

Summer Break runs June 1 – August 13, 2022 and pre-registration begins Monday, May 16, 2022. 

Click here to learn more and register for Summer Break.

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The Library offers early registration to give students a head-start at signing up before school is out. Participants can create a free online account to track reading time, learning and leisure activities during the duration of the program. Summer Break encourages participants of all ages – children, teens and adults – to read 20 minutes per day and engage in additional learning activities such as writing, creating, playing, exploring and giving. As participants track their activities online, they collect virtual badges and incentives.

Summer Break participants complete the program by earning 1200 points. 1 minute of reading equals 1 point. At least 600 points must be earned by reading (equivalent of 10 hours). Learning activities are worth 20 points each. Sign up for Summer Break and get a coupon for a free Jr. Frosty from Wendy’s.

The 2022 Summer Break program is brought to you by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Additional support comes from Wendy’s, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation and Charlotte Football Club Greater Goals.

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Register for the Summer Break challenge

Log your reading and activity time using the Beanstack app and track your progress. Log in to your existing Beanstack account from last year’s Summer Break or create a new one and take the challenge today.

Register here.

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Participate in a program

Register for one of our online Library programs and earn minutes toward activities all month long. Discover reading lists and plenty of enriching ideas and activities for the entire family. Access online Library programming here.


All you need to know about Summer Break

Have questions about Summer Break? View our frequently asked questions page or our online video tutorials. here.