Behind the scenes of Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore

Behind the scenes of Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore

Have you ever wondered what it takes to plan Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's Summer Break program? It takes many, many dedicated staff from across the library system to pull off our largest systemwide initiative. In fact, even though we are still in the middle of this year's Summer Break program, we are already in the early phases of planning for 2019.

Once the program officially ends in August each year, team members meet to evaluate how the program went and begin planning updates and improvements for the next year. We think about ways to make the program even more fun, and about how we can make the website easier to use. Team members research prizes and incentives and start working on how the Library will share information with participants.

We are always looking for feedback, so please contact us whenever you have questions or suggestions. Enjoy the rest of your summer - and keep reading and logging those activities!

track reading time and learning activities

Weekly prizes

Each week during Summer Break, the Library will give away three 16GB Kindle Fires. Prizes will be drawn by age category with one Kindle Fire each for babies/children, teens and adults. Remember that you need to enter either reading time or an activity online each week to be eligible for prize drawings, and you must have a valid library card number or ONE Access account number entered in the library card field of each participant's Summer Break account. Keep an eye on your email account as this is how you will be notified if you win.

Congratulations to the following winners who have claimed their prize within the last week:

  • Adults: Kara T. (North County Regional), Ferris M. (Plaza Midwood)
  • Babies/Children: Naomi S. (Beatties Ford Road Regional), Julia L. (Independence Regional)

Upcoming programs

Even though Summer Break can be completed entirely online, you may want to check out some of these exciting FREE programs coming up at your local libraries:

Summer Break: The World of Monet
When: Monday, July 30 from 2-3 p.m.
Who: School Age (ages 5-11)
Where: Cornelius Library
Join us to hear stories about the artist Claude Monet and make a watercolor craft.

Transportation with CATS
When: Tuesday, July 31 at 11 a.m.
Who: Adults, Older Adults
Where: Independence Regional Library
Are you curious about the light rail? How about the FREE trolley line? Do you want to get started riding the bus to work? Join CATS to learn about navigating the transportation system, common safety tips and the overall cost to the consumer.

Harry Potter Festival
When: Tuesday, July 31 at 2 p.m.
Who: Children, Preteens, Teens, Families
Where: University City Regional
Attention muggles and wizards of all ages! Celebrate your love for Harry Potter at the Library. Muggles will get sorted into Houses and enjoy extension activities, educational activities and trivia.

Fossil Dig
When: Wednesday, August 1 at 3 p.m.
Who: Rising first to fifth graders
Where: South County Regional Library
Join us as we dig deep into the past and uncover creatures from long ago in this hands-on program.