Summer + Reading = the CM Library Summer Reading Program

Tutors and mentors are in a great position to take kids to the library to help pick good books to read during the summer. They can also encourage families they work with to all sign up. Thanks to Catherine Hayden, Children’s Services Manager for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, for sharing this information about the Summer Reading program hosted by the CM Libraries for children and adults.


When we think of summer, we often picture neighborhood barbeques, leisurely afternoons swimming and friendships made at summer camp. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library encourages you to make reading and sharing books part of your summer fun. The Library’s annual Summer Reading Program launched on June 11 and over 24,000 children, teens and adults have already recorded more than 8.8 million minutes! If you haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time to join us in reaching our community-wide goal of 24 million minutes of reading. For more information and to register, visit

Summer Reading encourages students to keep reading during the summer break when they are most at risk of losing academic gains made during the school year.   The Library’s eight-week Summer Reading Program provides targets for daily reading for children and teens, with the opportunity to track their progress online and earn incentives. Children ages 4-11 who complete the Children’s Summer Reading Program have recorded at least 20 hours of reading, or an average of 20 minutes per day. For older students ages 12-18 in the Teen program, the target is 30 hours, or 30 minutes per day. Younger siblings aren’t left out! Our Wee Read program is specially designed for babies and toddlers, and includes 30 early literacy activities for parents to complete with their children.

Summer Reading is for adults, too, so it can truly be a family affair. We know that adults serve as role models for the children and teens in their lives, and we encourage parents, caregivers and tutors to model reading every day. Set up a friendly challenge with the children you tutor to see if they can reach their 20 hour goal before you do! Encourage the families you serve to listen to audiobooks in the car during a road trip. Audiobooks are particularly great for struggling readers, as they allow the reader to follow along with the narrator, increasing comprehension and strengthening narrative skills.

In addition to the Library’s self-paced Summer Reading Program, we also offer engaging literacy and learning programs at all 20 library locations. From magicians to traditional storytelling to STEM-based activities, there’s something for everyone!   Several library locations also offer Paws to Read, a unique opportunity for children to gain reading confidence and develop fluency by reading aloud to a certified therapy dog. For more information on library programs and events, please visit

Take some time to connect your students with the Library, or make a visit on your own. No matter your reason for reading – to learn new things or to escape with a great story – you reap great benefits. Like summertime itself, Summer Reading goes by quickly and ends on August 9 – so don’t wait!



About bluegrassjb

I am an academic with a love for language, literacy and learning. The focus of my work is on student success at the K-12 and college levels. Outside of my professional interests I enjoy travel, photography and antiquing with my partner and wife. We like to hit the road in our travel trailer with the dogs and when at home party with the cats.
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