Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) is hosting a special Summer Reading Kickoff event on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. at the Main Library, located at 68 Calhoun Street in Charleston. The event marks the beginning of the Summer Reading program, which encourages literacy during the summer months through prizes and hundreds of events at its 17 branches (includes new Wando Mount Pleasant branch, which opens on June 10).
CCPL and Charleston County School District (CCSD) are working together on the program, which serves children, teens and adults.
The kickoff event will feature remarks by CCPL and CCSD leaders in the auditorium followed by family-friendly activities, such as:
- Dunk tank
- Robotics and other STEM activities
- A chance for kids to adopt and keep their own reading buddy
- NASA selfie station
- Virtual reality adventure
- Green screen photos
- Appearance by SCETV’s Smart Cat
- Performance of “The Owlbert Song” with Ms. Linda
- Book talk and meet and greet with George Brewington, author of The Monster Catchers
- Yummy snacks by Sticky Fingers
- Brain Blox activities
- Booths and presentations hosted by some of our generous sponsors including:
- Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
- South Carolina Stingrays
- Charleston Battery
- Charleston County Parks and Recreation
- Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
- Arbordale Publishing
- Charleston Riverdogs
- Gibbes Museum of Art
- Raising Cane’s
- Sky Zone
- Charleston Gaillard Center
- David Aylor Law Offices
The City of Charleston, North Charleston and Charleston County have all proclaimed June 8 as Summer Reading Kickoff Day, encouraging their citizens to participate in the program.
The Summer Reading programs for children, teens and adults run between June 8 and Aug. 17 and feature fun prizes provided by our generous community sponsors. This is the second year that CCSD and CCPL have partnered to implement the programs, and as part of the collaboration, every student has been automatically registered for the program that corresponds to their age. Students who choose to participate can begin logging their reading on June 8. It is as simple as this: Read. Log. Win.
“Studies show that students who don’t read during the summer will be less prepared when school resumes,” said CCPL Executive Director Angela Craig. “The school district and CCPL are proud to work together to keep children engaged and fight the summer slide.”
“We strongly encourage our students to continue their reading during the summer break, and the Summer Reading Program offers our young students a way to enjoy fun activities while they read,” added CCSD Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait. “We are fortunate to have an excellent public library system in Charleston County, and this program gives us an opportunity to partner to improve literacy and the love of reading among our young students.”
Children: Kids ages 11 and younger earn prizes for reading or listening to stories. Rewards are distributed to kids who complete five, 15 and 30 hours of reading, and prizes include the S.C. Reading Medal, a RiverDogs game pass, vouchers for local attractions, and more. Enjoy nearly 700 programs that feature live animals, storytellers, concerts and other exciting performances. Summer Reading for Babies is for pre-readers, and activity sheets are designed for caregivers and babies. Participants who complete the activities receive a board book and a free tote bag.
Visit ccpl.org/summeronline to view the children’s Summer Reading program guide, which lists all the free and fun events scheduled throughout the summer or pick one up at our local branch.
Teens: Students entering grades 6-12 win cool prizes for reading whatever they like. Teens are rewarded for reaching a reading goal through weekly prize drawings and branch grand prize drawings. Prizes include free food, passes to local attractions, and gift cards.
Adults: Participants ages 18 and older are eligible for bi-monthly gift card prizes and a grand prize drawing.
Non-CCSD students who would like to sign up for Summer Reading may register online or in person at any CCPL branch. Registration is now open and they may start logging their reading on June 8. For more information on programs, prizes, reading lists and registration, visit ccpl.org/summeronline.