Each child will have the opportunity to sign up for the summer reading program, and chances to win prizes at the end of the summer.
Children going into kindergarten through eighth grade can register for the library's summer reading program now through Saturday, June 10.
"We couldn't do programs on this scale without the help of grants", Hallauer said. We have simplified the program, with one for infants/toddlers that is for newborns to kids age 2. It makes reading fun by inviting kids to read what they want and when they want. Readers need read only 10 books at their reading level to complete the program. Stopping the slide, they say, is best achieved by encouraging kids to read for their own pleasure over the summer - whether that means classic novels, hot rod magazines, audio books, comics, graphic novels or a marathon of dinosaur books. They encourage language development, and foster a love of books and a lifetime of learning.
Schools participating in the 2017 summer reading include last year's victor, MMS, Brawley Middle School, and eighth graders from Lakeshore Middle School, Mt. Mourne IB School, Pine Lake Preparatory's middle and upper school, as well as Mooresville, Lake Norman and South Iredell High Schools along with area homeschool groups.
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The free program is open to youth of all ages from birth through high school. Attend five or more events and you'll receive a prize. From 1 to 4 p.m. July 15 at Beat the Heat, vote for your favorite sculpture.
There is a host of other activities on tap at the library in June.
A majority of programs will require pre-registration unless otherwise stated, and can be done online or by signing up at the library.
For example, Cain noted that one of their youth service librarians will be putting on a Solar Eclipse Party on August 21 at 2 p.m.
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The book club meets at 5 p.m. June 13.
Find more information about other fun programs at the library this summer in our registration packets - available when you register starting on June 1.
Children's story time, which includes stories, a craft and coloring, is at 4 p.m. Teen volunteers help organize events and act as reading buddies for younger children.
Hallauer said kids would be able to play a variety of video games from different gaming systems, such as Game Cube and Xbox.
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In the meantime, a kick-off event will the held at the MPL on June 3 from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. which will include activities taking place inside and outside the facility located at 304 South Main St. Our program will kick off with a puppet show on at 10 a.m. Monday.