Summer Break: Carowinds ticket update

Summer Break: Carowinds ticket update

We are almost through week nine of Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore. You are all reading and learning so much this summer that you are exceeding all expectations!

Carowinds was very generous in donating 2,000 tickets (more than four times the number of people who would have been eligible for a Carowinds ticket during the 2017 program) to encourage more people in our community to read and learn all summer long. We had an overwhelming response to the program this summer and regret to inform you all free Carowinds tickets have been claimed. We did our best to communicate that tickets were available while supplies lasted, but we understand that participants may be disappointed in not receiving this incentive.

We know how excited kids (and adults!) get in anticipating a reward for their efforts and regret the disappointment this situation has caused. We will take what we learned this year and make every effort to ensure it does not happen again in future programs. In the meantime, there is still opportunity for readers of all ages to earn fine waivers, enter drawings for a Kindle and more. 

Again, we apologize for running short of this incentive this year, but hope that you and your family will continue to read, learn and celebrate a summer full of adventure with the Library.

If you have questions, please email us at

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 Finale
When: Saturday, August 4 from 2-4 p.m.
Who: Teens, Adults, Older Adults
Where: Main Library
Join us as we wrap up this year's summer reading program and celebrate our readers.

How to Survive Your First Year of College
When: Monday, August 6 from 2-3 p.m.
Who: Teens
Where: University City Regional Library
Are you about to start college this Fall? Learn the ins-and-outs of college with helpful tips to make your transition from high school to college as easy as possible, presented by a library staff member.

Reading Ramblers: 8 & 9 Year Old Book Club
When: Tuesday, August 7 from 4-5 p.m.
Who: School Age Children (ages 5-11)
Where: Matthews Library
Join us on the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. as we discuss an assigned book. August's book is Wild Robot by Peter Brown. New members welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

We hope you continue to read and learn for the rest of the summer and beyond. Be sure to log your reading time and activities to continue to earn badges, incentives and be eligible for prize drawings!

Track reading time & activities online