CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) will soon kick off its 2017 Summer Reading Programs, which run from June 1 through July 31 and feature hundreds of free events and fun prizes for participants of all ages. 

Pre-registration is already underway, and CCPL offers programs designed for the following age groups:

Build a Better World: Summer Reading Program for Kids: Children 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. Click here to download the children’s Summer Reading program. 

Build a Better World Reading Contest: Summer Reading Program for 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.
 
Reading Wave: Summer Reading Program for Adults: Participants age 18 and older are eligible for bi-monthly gift card prizes and a grand prize drawing.

Summer Reading is part of the library’s ongoing efforts to promote literacy, encourage families to read for pleasure, and help school-aged children maintain their reading skills during the gap between spring and fall semesters. Studies show that students who don’t read during the summer will regress and be less prepared when school resumes. 

It’s easy to sign up for Summer Reading, and customers may click here to pre-register now or sign up at any CCPL branch. For information on program events, prizes, reading lists and registration information, visit the CCPL website at www.ccpl.org/SummerReading.