Keep Your Kids Reading Over Summer with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Fun & Free Program

Avoid the "summer slide" and keep kids excited about reading with this fun program packed with incentives and prizes.

Live summer to the fullest with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore


Charlotte Mecklenburg Library encourages reading and learning year-round, especially during the summer months when students are on break from school. Summer is the most critical time of the academic year because it presents the most risk. Students without access to summer learning opportunities fall behind their peers, creating an achievement gap that is hard to close. To help beat the “summer slide” the Library offers Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore, its annual summer learning program. This year, the program runs June 1 – August 12, 2018.

It’s easy to get started.

Sign up for Summer Break at and earn a coupon for a free Wendy’s Jr. Frosty and a $5 fine waiver. You can even add family members and log reading time and activities for everyone in one place! Participants of all ages – children, teens and adults – are encouraged to read 20 minutes per day, and keep your brain active by writing, creating, playing, exploring and giving.

Earn virtual badges and incentives, and win prizes.

Track your reading time and activities online each week to collect virtual badges and incentives, and be eligible for prize drawings. Participants complete the program by reading 20 hours OR by reading at least 10 hours and completing 10 learning activities. Participants who complete the program AND log activities online for nine out of 10 weeks will also be eligible to receive one Carowinds ticket. These tickets will be valid at Carowinds through the end of the 2018 season, and will be available while supplies last.

Fill your summer with adventure!

The Summer Break website offers reading lists and plenty of ideas to fill up everyone’s summer break with enriching activities. The Library also offers thousands of free programs in all locations during the summer to engage the community in a wide variety of fun and educational experiences. Special kickoff events can be found at Enjoy a summer full of fun and adventure with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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About the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is one of America’s leading urban public libraries, serving a community of more than one million citizens in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Through 20 locations, targeted outreach and online, the Library delivers exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community.