LITERACY PROGRAMS

NC Reads serves as a clearinghouse for programs across the state that support literacy for students from preschool to graduation. Please contact the sponsor of the literacy program in your area to participate or volunteer in the program.



 

PROGRAM NAME PROGRAM SPONSOR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION PROGRAM AUDIENCE PROGRAM DATES PROGRAM CONTACT
ALAMANCE
Every Child Ready to Read Alamance County Public Libraries Every Child Ready to Read is an initiative created by the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children to encourage parents, as their child(ren)’s first teacher, to participate in enrichment activities that create the building blocks for reading. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round M.J. Wilkerson, Director
PAWS for Reading Alamance County Public Libraries Students may sign up for time to read aloud to a certified therapy dog. Studies show that this program helps strengthen and increase reading levels. Elementary School Year-Round M.J. Wilkerson, Director
ALEXANDER
Storytime Alexander County Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 828-632-4058
YA-YAs Alexander County Public Library YA-Yas is a book club designed for high-school aged students that meets once every month during the school year. They read books from several different genres including the classics, contemporary, and science fiction among others. This is a great program to be a part of if you are a teenager that likes to read and have fun! High School Year-Round 828-632-4058
ALLEGHANY
NC Kids Digital Library NC Public Library Directors Association This online database of eBooks allows for children and teens to check out books online. There are featured books of the month and several different genres for all types of readers. This website also includes several Battle of the Books reads and is constantly evolving to include more and more books. K-12 Year-Round (Online) 919-839-6252
ANSON
YALSA's Teen Book Finder Dollar General Literacy Foundation YALSA's Teen Book Finder is a free online database and smartphone app to help teens, parents, library staff, and educators who love young-adult literature access nearly 4,000 titles and lists on their phones. The app features a homepage featuring three titles from the database (changes daily), the ability to search for books (author, title, award year, genre, and booklist), a favorite button to save searches, and the ability to share books to other social media websites. Middle and High School Year-Round (Online) 1800-545-2433
ASHE
Ashe County Reading Challenge Ashe County Public Library This year's reading challenge categories range from A book about travel to A book that's out of this world. Although some of these attributes on the list can be ascribed to a single book, each book may only be used to satisfy a single challenge. We think this year's challenges are a good mix between the general and the specific. The Ashe County Public Library sponsors this challenge for two reasons: to promote literacy in their community and to have fun completing it. Reading check-lists are available online! High School and Adults Year-Round (Annual) 336-846-2041
Storytime Ashe County Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 336-846-2041
AVERY
AMY Summer Reading Club AMY Regional Library Summer Reading Club is a 6-week program for school age children with weekly crafts and reading. Parents can register online as well as access their child's Reading Activity Tracker to monitor their progress over the summer. A great way to prevent the summer slide that happens when children are out of school. Elementary School Summer 336-846-2041
Storytime AMY Regional Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 828-733-9393
BRUNSWICK
Annual Summer Reading Program NC Library and Brunswick County Five branch libraries across Brunswick County are offering their annual summer reading program for kids of all ages. This year's theme will incorporate reading with sciences. Help children avoid the summer slide that can blunt their reading and learning abilities between school terms. K-12 Summer
Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader Brunswick County Public School System We believe that reading and writing are the keys to success in today's fast paced, technological, and information rich world. Students whose reading skills are underdeveloped will find it difficult to find success in school. Brunswick County's reading initiative has two primary goals: ensure that all students can read and comprehend at a competent level, and help students develop a love of reading so they become life-long readers. K-12 Year-Round 910-253-2900
BUNCOMBE
Afternoon Book Club Buncombe County Public Libraries This year's reading challenge categories range from A book about travel to A book that's out of this world. Although some of these attributes on the list can be ascribed to a single book, each book may only be used to satisfy a single challenge. We think this year's challenges are a good mix between the general and the specific. The Ashe County Public Library sponsors this challenge for two reasons: to promote literacy in their community and to have fun completing it. Reading check-lists are available online! Elementary - Teen - Adult Year-Round 828-250-6484
Storytime Buncombe County Public Libraries Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 828-250-6484
Summer Writing Programs (Grades 6-12) UNC Asheville UNC Asheville's summer writing program returns with week-long sessions in June and July for rising middle school and high school students. With specific programs for various age groups and reading levels, each student will be able to see featured guest speakers who address special writing topics as well as tutors to help meet their individual needs. Middle School and High School Summer Nancy Williams -- 828-250-2353
Play & Learn Groups Buncombe Partnership for Children Come play and learn during these free, 8-week adult-child group times for families of children 3 months to 5 years old who are not enrolled in licensed child care. Infants & Toddlers and Preschool age groups meet once a week in the morning for 45 minute sessions featuring hands-on activities using a variety of developmentally appropriate materials, books, and learning games that focus on pre-literacy skills Infant - Toddler Year-Round 828-350-2904
NC Pre-K Buncombe Partnership for Children This program provides high quality educational experiences for income-eligible four year-olds in order to enhance their kindergarten readiness. Children served attend a full school day, full school year program (up to 10 months), and may be served in classrooms in the public schools, private child care programs, or Head Start. This program is designed to target children who turn four years old before September and will be entering kindergarten the following year. Pre-K Year-Round 828-210-0578
BURKE
Cool Kids Club Burke County Public Libraries Cool Kids Club is designed for children in grades 3-5 and is held every Thursday at 4pm. This reading group is designed to help children talk through the books that they are reading in a group setting while also exposing them to different genres. A great way to read and socialize! Grades 3-5 Year-Round 828-764-9260
Storytime Burke County Public Libraries Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Babies, Tots, Pre-k Year-Round 828-764-9260
CABARRUS
Build a Better World Summer Reading Program Cabarrus County Public Library System All events are free and open to the public, and no library card is necessary to participate. The program divides participants into groups based on age, where they will then perform age-appropriate activities. K-12 Summer 704-920-2050
Homeschool Reading Discussion Groups Cabarrus County Public Library System Especially for the home-school crowd, each week will discuss a few chapters of a different book and do a related activity. Ages 10-15 704-920-2202
Storytime Cabarrus County Public Library System Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 704-920-2000
CALDWELL
NC Kids Digital Library NC Public Library Directors Association This online database of eBooks allows for children and teens to check out books online. There are featured books of the month and several different genres for all types of readers. This website also includes several Battle of the Books reads and is constantly evolving to include more and more books. K-12 Year-Round (Online) 919-839-6252
Storytime Lenoir, Granite Falls, Hudson Libraries Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 828-757-1274
CAMDEN
Rising Readers Book Club Camden County Public Library This afterschool storytime period allows for children to be exposed to reading materials and stories outside of the classroom. Through engaging activities, children learn that reading can be fun! Ages 5-8 Year-Round 252-331-2543
Storytime Camden County Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 252-331-2543
Summer Literacy Program Camden County Public Library Starting June through July, exciting programs to promote literacy and avoid the reading slide during the summer months. Please check the library website Calendar for more information Elementary School Summer 252-331-2543
CASWELL
Raising A Reader Caswell County Partnership for Children Provides a child care based early literacy program that promotes daily “book sharing” between children and their parents. Toddler-Preschool August - June Sandra Hudspeth
Reach Out and Read Caswell County Partnership for Children Promotes early literacy and school readiness in medical practices by giving books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud during well child visits. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round Sandra Hudspeth
CATAWBA
Baby Bounce Storytime Catawba County Library The Catawba County Library’s Baby Bounce Storytime programs support early literacy efforts and empower our citizens with the tools and resources needed to ensure children start school ready to learn and positioned to excel--and ultimately increases educational attainment in Catawba County. Based on the “Every Child Ready to Read” curriculum, these interactive storytimes encourage parent engagement in early literacy practices of Reading, Writing, Singing, Talking and Playing with their preschooler. Babies Year-Round April Green
Baby Storytime Hickory Public Library Stories, rhymes & music for caregivers and babies. Fridays, 10am Babies Year-Round Sarah Greene
Bookbagger Program Catawba County Library To ensure that children in childcare settings have access to literature that enhances their early learning and reading; the Catawba County Library provides quality reading materials to childcare centers through the Bookbagger program. The access to these additional library materials in the classroom improves their children’s early learning experiences and increases the amount and quality of time spent reading books. Childcare Centers Year-Round April Green
Born to Read Catawba County The Catawba County Library’s Born to Read initiative is a collaborative community project that supports early literacy efforts and empowers our citizens with the tools and resources needed to ensure children start school ready to learn and positioned to excel--and ultimately increases educational attainment in Catawba County. In partnership with local hospitals, County Health, Social Services and the Partnership for Children, the Born to Read program promotes parent engagement in early literacy through prenatal workshops to educate expectant parents on the importance of reading to infants. The library distributes a Born to Read early literacy bag to each newborn parent, providing baby's first library card, a bilingual board book, and information about literacy tools and learning opportunities at the library such as Baby Bounce, Ready to Learn Storytime and electronic resources. Parents of Newborns Year-Round Siobhan Loendorf
Hickory Public Schools' Book Bus Local business and municipal support Hickory Public Schools' Book Bus is a 2016 initiative that employs a grassroots method to bring literacy into several localities within the Hickory region. Each school day, the mobile library with children's literature stops at a different public housing residence for nearby children to peruse the shelves, read, and loan a book. They are encouraged to enjoy the colorful, creative social atmosphere of the bus as well as to return each week. The first front shelves are dedicated to early literacy books as that is the primary demographic target. The bus itself is a painted former activity bus for the system and sponsored by many businesses and with municipal sources (including the city library system). Summer programming is also planned. Pre-K to Middle School School Year and Summer Programs Dr. Robbie Adell
Homework Helpers Catawba County Library The Catawba County Library Homework Helpers program enriches learning opportunities for students and increases educational attainment in Catawba County by supporting student learning through tutoring and coaching. The library acts as the facilitator and host; bringing high school student volunteers together with elementary age students that need practice reading and help with their homework. Elementary to High School August to June April Green
Paws to Read Catawba County Library Children who read aloud to therapy dogs on a regular basis demonstrate drastic improvement in their reading skills! At Catawba County Libraries, elementary age students are invited to practice their reading skills by reading to trained therapy dogs. Helping students to sustain concentration, increase comprehension and fluency, and boost confidence and pride in their reading skills. Elementary School Year-Round April Green
STEAM Catawba County Library The Catawba County Library increases students’ interest and knowledge in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) concepts and contributes to the creation of a 21st century workforce of inquisitive problem solvers, learning and pushing innovation to the next level by providing engaging hands-on STEAM learning opportunities including coding, robotics, 3D printing and digital literacy. Elementary to High School Year-Round April Green
Storytime Hickory Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round Sarah Greene
Storytime Catawba County Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round April Green
CHATHAM
Chatham Reads Chatham Education Foundation In July 2017, Chatham Reads was approved as a community partner with the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading. Their mission is to foster community partnerships that are dedicated to ensuring that literacy and reading resources are accessible to all Chatham County residents. Their goal is for people to donate books at their Book Drives and also for the community to let them know where they would like to see books donated to. Volunteers and donors of all ages Annual Event 919-578-1631
Chatham Reads Chatham County Schools and Chatham Education Foundation The mission of Chatham Reads is to foster community partnerships that are dedicated to ensuring that literacy and reading resources are accessible to all Chatham County residents. We are in the process of joining the NC Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Children of All Ages Year-Round Krista Millard, Program Coordinator
Little Libraries Chatham Education Foundation The Little Library at the Bennett School is a free service where a small little library is available to the public. The take-a-book, leave-a-book system makes it possible for anyone to have access to multiple books and also help other people have access to those books. Little Libraries provide 24/7 access to books in a fun, free way. K-12 All Year 919-578-1631
Reading for Success Chatham Education Foundation Through community support and a grant from the Oak Foundation, 250 students in grade K-3 gained access to books for the summer, teacher training, and classroom materials. This last year over 2,000 books were provided to students in need. K-3 Annual Event 919-578-1631
CHOWAN
Lucy Calkins' Reading Units of Study Workshop White Oak Elementary School This workshop program is designed to provide state-of-the-art tools and methods to help students move up the ladder of text complexity. By building a foundation of reading skills and strategies, offering classroom structures to support inquiry and collaboration, and providing resources to help teacher use learning progression to assess students' reading work, this proven method of reading development has helped many students in the Chowan area improve their literacy. Elementary School Year-Round 919-694-0202
CLEVELAND
READS Spirit Night Hull Property Group Recognize, Encourage, Achieve, Dream, Succeed. These are the goals that Shelby READS holds for the students of Cleveland County's elementary schools. The Spirit Night is held at the beginning of the school year to support school libraries and encourage students that reading is fun. The event is a family night out with fun, interactive themed displays and games for students to use their reading skills to win prizes. Elementary School Annual Event Hull Property Group
Storytime Cleveland County Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 704-487-9069
CRAVEN
Storytime New Bern-Craven County Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 252-638-7815
Story Seekers New Bern-Craven County Public Library A one hour session on Thursdays to learn storytelling techniques and develop skills in puppetry and creative dramatics. Registration required. Ages 10+ Year-Round 252-638-7815
CUMBERLAND
Homeschool Book Club Cumberland County Public Libraries A chance for members of the homeschooling community to meet other students reading similar books and discuss various aspects of the works. Books are announced several weeks before the meetings and tend to be geared towards middle and high school students. Middle and High School Students Year-Round Jennifer Milton - 910-483-7727
Storytime Cumberland County Public Libraries Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 910-483-7727 ext 1345
Reading Rocks! For Literacy Cumberland County Schools Following the Reading Rock! Walk-a-Thon, various local government boards, commissions, and councils passed resolutions supporting an effort to declare Dec 7 as a day for all citizens of Cumberland County to dedicate time to read and show their support of literacy by wearing red, the designated color of the Walk-a-Thon K-12 December 910-678-2300
Reading Rocks! Walk-A-Thon Cumberland County Schools This county wide program has been supported by local schools for years, where a period is taken out of the school day for the students to complete a walk-a-ton track to celebrate literacy and the importance of reading in their community. Over $200,000 has been raised in the past for this cause. K-12 December 910-678-2300
CURRITUCK/PITT
ENC Literacy Coalition Research Study Currituck County School System Since its inception in 2016, this study has been effective in bringing thirty-thousand free books to over four-thousand Pitt County pre-k children. At the conclusion of the first year, data has already shown a significant increase in lap reading across the county. This year, a parent education piece will be added to ensure further achievement gains. Pre-K Year-Round 252-491-2050 ext 5050 -- Charlotte Ludolph
DAVIDSON
Leveled Literacy Intervention Kits Friedberg Elementary School Leveled Literacy Intervention is a powerful, short-term intervention, that provides daily, intensive, small-group instruction. This program is designed to supplement classroom literacy teaching. LLI turns struggling readers into successful readers with engaging leveled books and fast-paced, systematically designed lessons. Elementary School (Upper Grades) Year-Round 800-225-5800
mCLASS Friedberg Elementary School This universal screener provides valuable information regarding early reading behaviors which can help instructors better personalize their teaching to meet individual needs of students. The information from mCLASS is used to support students with the MTSS process. Elementary School Year-Round 336-764-2059
DURHAM
Book Club Kits for Teens Durham County Public Libraries Each Teen Book Club Kit contains 10 copies of one title and a tote bag, along with discussion guides in PDF format along with information about the author. Books can be selected from the online catalogue and are a great way to keep teens engaged in reading as well as discussing these works. Middle and High School Year-Round 919-560-0100
Elementary School Volunteering Carolina Arbors Community and Spring Valley Elementary School Over 40 adult volunteers spend between 30 minutes and 2 hours weekly, working on literary skills with students. Through reading and writing, these students become more confident in their abilities and more adequately prepared for class. Elementary School School Year Robert Fogel
It's In the Book! Durham Library Foundation Sunday, September 10; 2-4:30 p.m.; Hayti Heritage Center, Durham Joan J. Njie
Project LIFT (Literacy Instruction for Families Together) Triangle Literacy Council Project LIFT is a family literacy program for family caregivers with children under the age of 5 whose first language is not English. The program fosters inter-generational learning by providing caregivers with English language and life-skills alongside their children. The program also prepares children for success in school and life by providing them with pre-literacy skills and an early introduction to English. Parents of Children under 5 919-787-5559
Readers Party Triangle Readers Theatre Ensemble/Durham Library Foundation/Durham County Library “From the page to the stage! Reading entertainment!” COME OUT AND BE HEARD!!! CELEBRATE READING! Think you or someone you know is a good reader? Audible? Distinct? Expressive? Entertaining? Readers, young and old, are invited to come out and show off their reading skills. Celebrate with poetry, prose, monologues, shorts stories, original works, plays, etc.… Reading material(s) on site or you may bring your own. Come early to sign up to read aloud at the “Open Mic.” It’s a Party! Refreshments provided. Every 1st Sunday- 2017 (March –November) 2-4:30pm jainjie@msn.com
Storytime Durham County Public Libraries Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Pre-K and Elementary School Year-Round
Young Writers' Camp Duke University While campers use the term fun to describe it, the directors prefer the term engaging. This camp is designed to stimulate its campers intellectually, emotionally, and physically by providing field trips to local businesses and museums, giving time for campers to write and work on reading, as well as play team-sports and other group activities. Campers will learn the basics of composition, public speaking, and reading throughout the camp. All instructors are professional teachers who write and professional writers who teach. Middle and High School Summer 919-684-6259
Durham Reads Together Durham County Library Durham Reads Together strengthens the community through a bi-annual celebration of reading. By reading the same book and attending programs around the theme, the community is inspired to discuss important issues including family, race, identity, religion, education, and culture. With a variety of different special programs, there is sure to be something for everyone. All ages Year-Round 919-560-0100
EDGECOMBE
1000 Books before Kindergarten Braswell Library 1000 Books before Kindergarten is an ongoing program to encourage parents and caregivers to read to children beginning at birth. Babies’ brains are always working, and reading aloud, sharing stories, singing, talking and playing are all activities that help very young children develop the skills that lead to reading. Children receive a small prize for each 100 books along the way. Children that achieve 1000 books receive a certificate and a free book. Pre-K June 19-August 12 Melissa Dancy-Smith
Storytime Braswell Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool June 19-August 12 Melissa Dancy-Smith
Summer Outreach Braswell Library Braswell Library shares the excitement of books and stories with high energy reading programs for children at selected community centers, nutrition sites, and Read-to-Achieve summer camps. Children who engage with reading over the summer are better prepared for school when fall rolls around. Elementary School June 19-August 12 Melissa Dancy-Smith
Summer Reading Braswell Library The Summer Reading theme this year is “Build a Better World” and Braswell Library has programs for children from birth to 18. There will be four special performances and weekly library led programs young children. Children from preschool through elementary school who complete their reading goal will receive a prize book. Tweens and teens will receive a small prize and be entered into a grand prize drawing. Elementary School June 19-August 12 Melissa Dancy-Smith
FORSYTH
Reading Party Read-Write-Spell Join us for a reading party - it's free! ReadWS now hosts reading parties that will help you practice reading skills with your children, ages 4-8; at home, in the car, or wherever you want. Ages 4-8 Year Round 336-723-4391 ext 1509
The Augustine Literacy Project Read-Write-Spell The Augustine Literacy Project provides free, one-to-one tutoring for students who struggle with literacy skills. The lessons include materials around 5 essential components of research-based reading instruction as defined by the National Reading Panel -- phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. K-12 Year Round Kris Cox
Literate Girls Read-Write-Spell Literate Girls was created to highlight and support the needs of girls with reading difficulties. Girls who are reading below grade level and qualify for free/reduced-lunch can be referred for a free Augustine Literacy Project Tutor. Girls K-12 Year Round Kris Cox
Storytime Forsyth County Public Libraries Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Babies/Pre-K Year Round 336-703-2665
The Summer Camp Opportunity Forsyth County Public Schools Summer services help children continue their learning progression in the areas of reading and math. Teachers will provide targeted and individualized support and services to help students become proficient. The extra intervention will help students be better prepared in future grades. K-5 Summer 336-727-2816
Kate Reynolds Great Expectations Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust's Great Expectations initiative is investing between $30-40 million over 10-15 years to ensure that children in Forsyth County reach developmentally-appropriate milestones in their first five years, enter kindergarten ready to learn, and leave set for success in school and life Pre-K to Elementary School Year-Round Joe Crocker
Project Impact Winston Salem Foundation Project Impact is a community initiative of local businesses and individuals, as well as local and national foundations, who are committed to providing additional operating funds to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to address critical student achievement gaps and improve third-grade reading and math proficiency scores. Project Impact will fund pre-k expansion, extended learning options, and expanded staff development and instructional support. Pre-K to Elementary School Year-Round 336-725-2392
Forsyth Promise United Way The Forsyth Promise is a diverse partnership that brings all of our community's efforts and ideas together to: shine the light on what's working well for kids, focus on common goals and outcomes, and align our community's resources and practices to ensure the best educational outcomes for Forsyth County's children. K-12 Year-Round 336-723-3601
Educational Programs United Way United Way leads partners in enhancing our educational system to help students thrive throughout their lives. We are the vital backbone organization to The Forsyth Promise, the community's collective effort to support the success of every child in the school system. We are focused on increasing the high school graduation rate to 90%, increasing soft-skill development for post-secondary opportunities, and increasing at-grade-level reading for 3rd and 8th graders K-12 Year-Round 336-723-3601
FRANKLIN
NC Kids Digital Library Franklin County Public Library This online database of eBooks allows for children and teens to check out books online. There are featured books of the month and several different genres for all types of readers. This website also includes several Battle of the Books reads and is constantly evolving to include more and more books. K-12 Year-Round (online) 919-496-2111
Storytime Franklin County Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 919-496-2111
GASTON
Storytime Gaston County Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round Laurel Morris
Reading Soul Mates Gaston Literacy Council Reading Soul Mates is a preventative program developed by Gaston Literacy Council, Inc. In partnership with the Gaston County School System. RSM is designed to help children develop a positive attitude toward reading, achieve success in school, and build self-confidence. It also foster creative thinking and problem solving skills, nurtures a love of books, and aids in the development of comprehension skills. Elementary School Year-Round 704-868-4815
GRANVILLE
Teen Book Club South Branch Library The GCLS will be holding a Teen Book Club on the first Monday of every month starting at 3:30 at the South Branch Library. Come talk about what you are currently reading, swap recommendations with friends, and enjoy some snacks! High School Year-Round 919-693-1121
Granville County Schools Community Schools Extended Support Programs There are Before School programs at some schools and After School services at all elementary schools. Both are designed to provide safe, affordable child care. With time for homework and enjoyable activities built in, your children will be able to get ahead on their work or get help if they are struggling. Elementary School Year Round 919-693-4613
GUILFORD
GCS Summer Reading Camp Guilford County Schools This new summer reading camp is seeking to help students from kindergarten to high school maintain and progress in their reading levels by completing six books over the summer. The program itself takes place at the Greensboro College (transportation provided) and has several activities ranging from stretching and team building to group and individual reading. K-12 Summer 336-370-8100
High Point Leap High Point LEAP High Point LEAP (Literacy Empowers All People) is a nonprofit, 501c3 grassroots, multicultural dropout intervention program focused on uplifting children and families through literacy. Our mission is to empower children from K-12th grade living in poverty to succeed academically while developing skills to become 21st century leaders and to strengthen their families through literacy programs and educational resources. K-12 Year-Round Claire Robinson
Storytime Guilford County Public Libraries Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 336-373-2471
Community Reader Days Guilford Education Alliance This program is designed to bring various community leaders into schools to read for 20-40 minutes to a group of elementary students. Elementary Students Year Round 336-841-4332
Afterschool Program Black Child Development Institute BCDI-G's afterschool program is offered after every school day including all teacher workdays. This extended learning program focuses on enrichment, literacy, and homework assistance, while helping your children fall in love with reading, increase their self-esteem, and generate more positive attitudes towards learning. Elementary School School Year Lashaunna Coles
Summer Leadership and Literacy Program Black Child Development Institute For the past 7 years, BCDI-G has offered a literacy-based summer enrichment program with a focus on helping children combat the summer reading slide and learn to truly enjoy reading. Elementary and Middle School June - August Lashaunna Coles
Kumon Reading and Math Afterschool Program Kumon Center Through the Kumon Method, students gain ownership of the learning process, the confidence to set progressively higher goals, and the ability to perform beyond expectations. Kumon is a year round curriculum based program designed to meet the individual needs of students. Elementary and Middle School School Year 336-543-3232
Ready for School, Ready for Life Get Ready Guilford Our mission is to ensure that each child in Guilford County enters kindergarten on track and ready for what's ahead. This collaborative effort is about building an innovative early childhood system that's responsive to the needs of today's families. Some of our goals include: connecting new parents with support resources, leveraging and expanding early literacy resources, improving pre-k to k transitions, and making high-quality early care affordable and accessible to children. Pre-K to Elementary School Year-Round Mary Herbenick
HALIFAX
Storytime Roanoke Rapids Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round Jeff Watson
HARNETT
Storytime Harnett County Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 910-892-2899
HAYWOOD
1000 Books Before Kindergarten Haywood County Public Library Children and their caregivers read books together and complete suggested early literacy activities. With each 100 books read, children receive a prize and add their name to the reading wall. When a child has read 1000 books, the child receives a free book and also has a favorite book placed in the library collection in her/his honor. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round Lisa Hartzell
Homeschool Book Explorers Haywood County Public Library Homeschooled-students are invited to discuss books and socialize. Elementary to High School Year-Round Jennifer Stuart
Mother Goose Storytime Haywood County Public Library Babies and toddlers work on building their communication and early literacy skills while having fun with rhymes, songs and books. Babies Year-Round Lisa Hartzell
Puppy Tales Haywood County Public Library Children are invited to read to trained and certified therapy dogs to gain confidence in their reading skills. Pre-K Year-Round Lisa Hartzell
Rompin' Stompin' / Movers & Shakers Haywood County Public Library An active story time full of movement and music, including activities with shaker eggs, bean bags, scarves and a parachute! Toddler-Preschool Year-Round Lisa Hartzell
Storytime Haywood County Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round Lisa Hartzell
HENDERSON
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten HCPL and Smart Start of Hend. Co. This is an ongoing program to promote kindergarten readiness by encouraging parents to read 1,000 books to each of their children before they begin kindergarten. Children receive prizes after reading 500 and 1,000 books. Pre-K Year-Round Kathy Kirchoefer
Babies into Books Henderson County Public Library Promoting early literacy development by providing hospitals kits to parents of newborn babies that contain early literacy information, a free book and an application for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Babies Year-Round Kathy Kirchoefer, YS Coordinator
Bouncing Babies Storytime Henderson County Public Library Bouncing Babies is a weekly storytime program to help promote early literacy development in babies from birth to age 17 months with songs, stories, and action rhymes along with parent tips on how to promote early literacy at home. Babies Year-Round Kathy Kirchoefer
Play and Grow Henderson County Public Library Play and Grow a program offered periodically promoting play that helps develop early literacy skills. Parents are encouraged to replicate the hands on activities at home. Babies and Toddlers Offered occasionally during the year Kathy Kirchoefer
Storytime Henderson County Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round Kathy Kirchoefer, YS Coordinator
HOKE
YALSA's Teen Book Finder Dollar General Literacy Foundation YALSA's Teen Book Finder is a free online database and smartphone app to help teens, parents, library staff, and educators who love young-adult literature access nearly 4,000 titles and lists on their phones. The app features a homepage featuring three titles from the database (changes daily), the ability to search for books (author, title, award year, genre, and booklist), a favorite button to save searches, and the ability to share books to other social media websites. Middle and High School Year-Round (Online) 1800-545-2433
Year Round Services Hoke Reading Literacy Council The mission of the Hoke Reading/Literacy Council is to provide basic literacy, instruction including ESL, small group tutoring in Math and Reading, and one on one tutoring Elementary and Middle School Year Round 910-875-2145
IREDELL
Build a Better World Iredell County Public Libraries In 2017, Iredell County Libraries kicked off their new summer reading programs. Reading is essential for a child's success and summer reading is a great opportunity for kids to keep up their reading skills. The programs are free, although some events require prior registration, and are offered throughout the summer. Pre-K to Elementary School Summer 704-928-2414
JACKSON
Baby Storytime Jackson County Public Library Baby Storytime is Thursdays at 11:00AM. This is a time for infants and toddlers, along with their caregiver(s), to play with scarves, bells, sing songs, and have lots of fun. Infants and toddlers (0-3) August - May Michelle Stephens
Boredom Busters Jackson County Public Library Looking for something fun to do on a Saturday? Drop by the library anytime between 10:30 am - 12:30 pm for activity centers all ages can enjoy. Books, art, building, games, and more! Come try something new or participate in an all-time favorite! Children ages 0-12 Year-Round Michelle Stephens
Reading Rover Bookmobile Fontana Regional Library and Region A Partnership for Children Bookmobile that serves preschools and daycares with quality storytime programs and materials to enhance early literacy Toddler-Preschool Year-Round except January and July Karen Wallace
Rock & Read Jackson County Public Library We are Rocking and Reading at the library on Tuesday mornings at 11:00AM. This program is a fun mix of Storytime, music, and movement to get kids of all ages up and moving. Toddler-Preschool September - April Michelle Stephens
Storytime Jackson County Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round Michelle Stephens
JOHNSTON
Storytime Johnston County Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 919-934-8146
Teen Book Club Johnston County Public Library Once a month, a group of teens meet with the Teen Librarian to discuss and chat about the book that was chosen for that month. No sign-up is necessary and all teens are invited. There are always snacks included, but feel free to bring your own! Teen (high school) Year-Round 919-934-8146 - Starla Nichols
Y Learning Tutoring YMCA of the Triangle The YMCA provides academic support programs for hundreds of elementary-school-age students across the Triangle. Y Learning provides a structured tutorial program for students who are not meeting school system or grade level benchmarks and works with schools, teachers, and counselors to identify students who could benefit from the program. Elementary School Year-Round 919-719-9622
Summer Reading Programs Town of Clayton Library If you love reading, need a place to escape the heat, and want to have fun and learning something fascinating, then the place to be is Clayton Library. We plan free programs almost every day of the week for Summer Reading! Dozens of children from pre-k through elementary school join us every June and July as we host puppet shows, storytimes, crafts, and other awesome activities. Pre-K to Elementary School June and July 919-553-5543
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Morning, Noon, and Night Lee County Elementary Schools This program, implemented several years ago, has encouraged children and their parents to read daily in order to bring the child's reading level up gradually. The students will take books home, along with work packets, so they can work through them with their parents to prepare for the next day's lesson. This also gives the parents the opportunity to work through difficult words and syllables with their child to help further the child's literacy development. K-3 Elementary School Year-Round 919-774-6226
St Augustine Project Lee County Literacy Council Trained volunteers who provide free, long term, 1-to-1 instruction working with students in the Sanford, NC area. Elementary School
LINCOLN
STAR-eCards Lincoln County Public Schools and Lincoln County Public Libraries The Lincoln County Public Library and Lincoln County Public Schools are joining forces to provide all Lincoln County Schools students with access to public library digital resources. In an effort to better serve the community, the Lincoln County Public Library's STAR program will allow students to 1) Access their research databases and language learning software 2) Borrow or stream digital materials such as eBooks, e-audiobooks, magazines, music, and video 3) All students are automatically enrolled in the program. The library will be working with schools throughout the year to demonstrate and highlight these resources to students, parents, and teachers. All Lincoln County Students Year-Round (Online) 704-732-9040
MACON
Adventure Club Macon County Public Library Books, early literacy skills, and hands-on activities K-2 September - May Cristen Dando
Reading Rover Bookmobile Fontana Regional Library and Region A Partnership for Children Bookmobile that serves preschools and daycares with quality storytime programming and materials to enhance early literacy Toddler-Preschool Year-Round except January and July Karen Wallace
Sing & Sign Storytime Macon County Public Library Incorporates singing, signing, rhyming, and movement into reading with young children Toddler-Preschool September - April Cristen Dando
Storytime Macon County Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round Cristen Dando
MECKLENBURG
Summer Reading Camp Swam Learning Center - Charlotte With various programs that cater to readers at every level of development, each student will be assessed through diagnostic tests to see which program can best cater to their needs. These camps teach reading readiness, emergent reading, developmental reading, and enrichment reading, to holistically create a stronger reader with high comprehension of material. Elementary School Summer Jenny -- 704-442-1718
Summer Reading Programs Ballantyne Reading Academy Help your child maintain their reading skills over the summer, or give your little one a head start before preschool in the fall. These exciting summer programs are for both emergent and independent readers. This week-long, thematic based camp includes lots of reading, writing, discussion, and multi-sensory letter play that will engage students in their own learning. 3-5 years, 6-10 years old Summer 704-438-7909
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Children's Programs Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Children’s Services includes children from birth to age 11 as well as their parents and caregivers. The Library offers workshops, storytimes, books and activities to help nurture a love of reading and learning. We also have children’s areas in every Library where parents and children can read, play and learn. Pre-K and Elementary School Year-Round Dana Eure
Reading Partners Reading Partners Reading Partners mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. They partner with under-resourced schools and engage volunteer reading partners to work one-on-one with students who struggle with reading Elementary School Year Round 510-444-9800
Reach Out And Read Read Charlotte This program is designed to ensure that children in Mecklenburg County grow up with books, stories, and a love of language by supporting families, starting at birth. This program focuses on integrating routine well-child visits at participating medical clinics, and having doctors prescribe a certain amount of daily reading for the children and reading a book to them. The program is designed to engage and educate parents on how to make bonding around a book part of their daily lives. Babies/Pre-K Year Round More Info
Ready4K Read Charlotte Ready4K is a text message curriculum for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 to give them the information they need to help build children's language and literacy skills by the time they start kindergarten. Each week, Ready4K sends three text messages to parents and caregivers to help them build their children's skills by maximizing existing family routines in fun, easy ways. Ages 0-5 Year Round 704-666-5693
Active Reading Workshop Mecklenburg Public Libraries These regularly scheduled programs are designed to teach parents successful methods of active reading. Certain reading techniques are proven to better engage and teach young children basic reading skills, and these workshops are a great way for parents to become educated on these methods. Parents of young children Year Round 704-416-4800
Summer Reading Program Barnes & Noble The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by reading any eight books over the summer and recording them in a Summer Reading Journal. Bring in your journal to collect your free book once finished. K-12 May - September 704-341-9365
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AMY Summer Reading Club AMY Regional Library Summer Reading Club is a 6-week program for school age children with weekly crafts and reading. Parents can register online as well as access their child's Reading Activity Tracker to monitor their progress over the summer. A great way to prevent the summer slide that happens when children are out of school. Elementary School Summer
RAZ-Kids Greenlee Primary School This online program provides 400+ eBooks and eQuizzes, with new books added every month -- also provided in Spanish. The eQuizzes provide teachers with skill reports for data-driven instruction which can allow for them to have more individualized teaching styles for children. This award winning program has been shown to increase students' abilities to better understand and retain what they are reading. Elementary School Year-Round
Storytime AMY Regional Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 828-733-9393
MONTGOMERY
YALSA's Teen Book Finder Dollar General Literacy Foundation YALSA's Teen Book Finder is a free online database and smartphone app to help teens, parents, library staff, and educators who love young-adult literature access nearly 4,000 titles and lists on their phones. The app features a homepage featuring three titles from the database (changes daily), the ability to search for books (author, title, award year, genre, and booklist), a favorite button to save searches, and the ability to share books to other social media websites. Middle and High School Year-Round (Online) 1800-545-2433
MOORE
After-Dinner Storytime Southern Pines Public Library Children ages birth to 5th Grade and their families come together every other Monday evening to enjoy a session that incorporates stories and activities that foster a love of books and reading with tips for winding down after dinner and getting the week off on the right track. Toddler-Elementary School Year-Round Kelly Ficker
Baby Bunnies Southern Pines Public Library This program, held every Tuesday at 10:30, is for ages birth to 18 months and engages parents and children in early literacy brain-building practices. Babies Year-Round Kelly Ficker
Family Day @ the Library Southern Pines Public Library Children of all ages and their parents participate in crafts and special programs all day long during this program held one Saturday a month at the Library. All ages Year-Round Amanda Brown
Music and Motion Southern Pines Public Library Every other week on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., this event incorporates stories and songs along with dancing, playing, and games all designed to foster language and motor skill development. Babies and Toddlers Year-Round Kelly Ficker
Read to Your Bunny Southern Pines Public Library This program is held on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Children and their caregivers enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and activities while building language and socialization skills to prepare for Kindergarten. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round Kelly Ficker
YALSA's Teen Book Finder Dollar General Literacy Foundation YALSA's Teen Book Finder is a free online database and smartphone app to help teens, parents, library staff, and educators who love young-adult literature access nearly 4,000 titles and lists on their phones. The app features a homepage featuring three titles from the database (changes daily), the ability to search for books (author, title, award year, genre, and booklist), a favorite button to save searches, and the ability to share books to other social media websites. Middle and High School Year-Round (Online) 1800-545-2433
NEW HANOVER
CommonLit CommonLit CommonLit offers a unique resource in support of literacy and critical thinking. Its collections of free and accessible texts enables students to explore enduring themes. The program itself allows for students' performance to be analyzed and compared to class reports in order to assess where they stand compared to their peers and what areas they may need help with. High School Year-Round (Online)
Lawyers 4 Literacy North Carolina Bar Association Legal professionals volunteer with students to improve their reading and understanding as well as their ability to explain what they have read using books based on US government, history, leaders and American heroes. Elementary School School Year Ann M. David
NewsELA NewsELA Each NewsELA text is adaptive and offered at 5 reading levels, with an entire catalogue of content differentiated for grades 2-6. Your search for content that is both engaging and age-appropriate is over. High School Year-Round (Online)
Read & Write New Hanover County Public Libraries Looking for a good book to read? Want to know about NHCPL's summer reading programs? Want to join a book club? Find all this and more with NHCPL's reading and writing resource page. All ages Year-Round
UNCW Youth Programs UNCW Youth Programs Dive into summer with one of our exciting enrichment programs. A wide variety of challenging FUNdamental learning experiences to enhance summer vacation in an educational way. From half-day commuter camps for pre-kindergarten children to multi-week residential programs for highly motivated and gifted teens, there is something for just about everyone. Middle and High School Summer
ONSLOW
1000 Books Before Kindergarten Onslow County Public Library Sign up at any Union County library location or online and receive a folder with early literacy information and instructions. Keep track of the books that you read and for every 100 books you complete, return to the library for a surprise! Continue reading until you've reached 1,000 books before your child enters kindergarten. Parents of Children under 5 Year-Round 910-455-7350
Storytime Onslow County Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 910-455-7350
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Adventures in Books Chapel Hill Public Library An afternoon book club for readers in grades 1-5. Kids learn about a different topic each week, have fun with crafts and activities, and are given the opportunity to select books on the topic to further their learning. Grades 1-5 Year-Round Karin Michel
Camp Shakespeare! UNC School of the Arts This is not a sit-down-and-study camp! Instead, campers actively participate, stretching themselves in an atmosphere of self-expression and heightened literacy. They study stage combat daily and perform for families on the last day of camp. The camp was developed by highly-qualified, certified teachers devoted to teaching of Shakespeare by offering new, engaging activities that encourage an appreciation for the dramas and poems written by the Bard Grades 5-9 Mid July Yearly (9am-4pm) 336-734-2848
National Literacy Action Week Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education During NLAW, campus literacy programs, local activists, and neighborhood groups join together to raise awareness about literacy and create change on their campuses and in their communities All ages February 919-962-1542
Storytime Chapel Hill Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round Karin Michel
Sunday STEAM Chapel Hill Public Library A variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math activities, with a different focus each week. Elementary School Year-Round Karin Michel
Winter Reading Program Chapel Hill Public Library; Friends of the CHPL During the winter season, our users are encouraged to play Book Bingo - reading from different categories to broaden their reading horizons and qualify for prize drawings. Younger kids (0-6) read 5 books to get Bingo, Older kids, teens and adults read 3 books to get Bingo. All ages December-January Karin Michel
PENDER
Storytime Pender County Public Libraries Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 910-259-1234
PERQUIMANS
NC Kids Digital Library NC Public Library Directors Association This online database of eBooks allows for children and teens to check out books online. There are featured books of the month and several different genres for all types of readers. This website also includes several Battle of the Books reads and is constantly evolving to include more and more books. K-12 Year-Round (Online) 919-839-6252
Storytime Perquimans Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 252-426-5319
PITT
Greenville Plays, Greenville Reads Greenville Police Department The goal of this new program is to provide opportunities for children to play safe, exercise, and develop a love for reading. The events include reading and games, and all children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Elementary School October
RICHMOND
YALSA's Teen Book Finder Dollar General Literacy Foundation YALSA's Teen Book Finder is a free online database and smartphone app to help teens, parents, library staff, and educators who love young-adult literature access nearly 4,000 titles and lists on their phones. The app features a homepage featuring three titles from the database (changes daily), the ability to search for books (author, title, award year, genre, and booklist), a favorite button to save searches, and the ability to share books to other social media websites. Middle and High School Year-Round (Online) 1800-545-2433
ROCKINGHAM
Reading Programs at Rockingham County Public Library Rockingham County Public Library Various storytimes, seasonal programs, and activities designed to encourage reading held Tuesday-Saturday at all branch locations. All ages Year-Round Jacky Miller
ROWAN
Storytime Rowan County Public Libraries Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 704-216-8228
STANLY
Bouncing Baby Story Time Sara Hahn- Children and Youth Services Librarian Birth-2 Years- Stories, songs, sign language, finger plays, music, rhythm, rhymes, scarves, puppets. Babies Year-Round Sara Hahn
STOKES
King Public Library Summer Reading Program and Preschool Storytime Stokes United Fund, Stokes County Arts Council, Friends of the King Public Library Free literacy programs and reading incentives to readers of all ages. Toddler-Preschool Summer Ann Nichol
NC Kids Digital Library NC Public Library Directors Association This online database of eBooks allows for children and teens to check out books online. There are featured books of the month and several different genres for all types of readers. This website also includes several Battle of the Books reads and is constantly evolving to include more and more books. K-12 Year-Round (Online) 919-839-6252
SURRY
NC Kids Digital Library NC Public Library Directors Association This online database of eBooks allows for children and teens to check out books online. There are featured books of the month and several different genres for all types of readers. This website also includes several Battle of the Books reads and is constantly evolving to include more and more books. K-12 Year-Round (Online) 919-839-6252
SWAIN
Reading Rover Bookmobile Fontana Regional Library and Region A Partnership for Children Bookmobile that serves preschools and daycares with quality storytimes and materials to enhance early literacy. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round (except January and July) Karen Wallace
Storytime Marianna Black Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool September - May Mindy Leadford
TYRRELL
NC Kids Digital Library NC Public Library Directors Association This online database of eBooks allows for children and teens to check out books online. There are featured books of the month and several different genres for all types of readers. This website also includes several Battle of the Books reads and is constantly evolving to include more and more books. K-12 Year-Round (Online) 919-839-6252
Storytime Tyrrell Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 252-796-3771
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten Union County Public Library Sign up at any Union County library location or online to receive a folder with early literacy information and instructions. Keep track of the books that you read and for every 100 books you complete, return to the library for a surprise! Continue reading until you've reached 1,000 books before your child enter kindergarten. Parents of Children under 5 Year-Round 704-283-3500
Literacy for U Union County Public Schools By following the Focused Five program (reading aloud, guided reading, independent reading, word study/phonics programs, and responsive writing), increasing resources in classroom libraries and school-wide leveled libraries, providing a 3-day leadership retreat as well as teacher in-service related to literacy , and increasing the number of reading tutors at Grade 1 through “Read with You”, the Literacy for U programs have been successful in Union county in developing literacy in elementary school students Elementary School Year-Round 704-296-9898
Motheread Union County Literacy Council Motheread, a nationally recognized evidence-informed early childhood literacy program, is offered year-round at Union County high priority elementary schools. It is the keystone of our Family Literacy program, where mothers of children ages 0-5 learn the how and why of reading to their children, improve their English language skills, and begin a home library. Pre-K Year-Round 704-226-1425
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Books & Babies Perry Memorial Library Books & Babies is designed from children from birth-2 years old and their caregivers. It’s never too early to start your child on the road to reading! The children will enjoy books, songs, and finger plays from the comfort of your lap Babies June 15-August 3 Amanda Yetter
Family Storytime Perry Memorial Library Enjoy an evening Storytime program fit for the entire family with Family Storytimes at 6:00 p.m. starting Tuesday, June 13th. We will enjoy books, shake our sillies out to songs, and dance our worries away! Families of Toddlers-Preschoolers June 13-August 1 Amanda Yetter
Mother Goose Storytime Perry Memorial Library Mother Goose is our storytime program designed for children from 2- 5 years old and their caregivers. Come join us as we explore books, songs, movement, and finger plays designed around a weekly theme! Mother Goose is Thursdays at 11 AM. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round Amanda Yetter
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Book Club Kits for Kids Wake County Public Libraries The Book Club Kit comes with 15 copies of a book, a study bag, and a book discussion guide to help children engage in discussions about the books that they are reading. The program currently has 30 titles that children can choose from for their clubs and each kit can be checked out for 6 weeks at a time. Kindergarten+ Year-Round 919-856-6710
Every Child Ready to Read Wake County Public Libraries A nationally recognized program that supports parents and caregivers with the early literacy development of their children. Through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing, the Storytimes at the Wake County Public Libraries help children get ready to learn to read. Program offered by multiple libraries across Wake County Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 919-856-6710
Juvenile Literacy Center Tutoring Triangle Community Foundation's Community Grantmaking Program The Juvenile Literacy Center provides direct one-on-one tutoring to court-involved youth. The program serves students ages 6-17 who are referred to the program by Juvenile Court. Students who participate in this program receive individualized instruction to improve their reading, writing, and math skills. The JCL is designed to improve literacy skills that cultivate both academic and personal success for court-involved youth. Ages 6-17 Regina Basnight - 919-621-4065
K-5th Adventures Wake County Public Libraries K-5th Grade kids read, create, discover and explore through books, hands-on activities and more. No registration needed Elementary School Tuesdays Year-Round Hannah Wheeler - 919-233-4000
Learning at the Library Wake County Public Libraries Teens work with preschool and elementary aged participants to build critical thinking, reading, and other necessary skills. This is a drop in program with no registration necessary. Elementary School Year-Round 919-856-6710
Meredith College Young Writers' Camp Meredith College Rising middle-school girls are invited to this camp, where they will have a chance to sharpen creative writing skills, read and discuss lively works of literature, and write all sorts of different types of genres. The week includes recreation and fun activities, lunch and snacks, as well as writing/reading materials. Middle School (girls only) Summer (1 week) Meredith College
NCSU Summer Reading Programs North Carolina State University For an enjoyable activity with lifelong benefits, NC State recommends one of their reading skills programs designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. With a variety of programs specifically designed for various age groups (from pre-K to adults), there is an opportunity for everyone to grow. Pre-k to Adult Summer 800-964-8888
Raleigh Tutoring Summer Camps Raleigh Tutoring Raleigh Tutoring offers dozens of fun, enriching and educational camps through Cary Academy, St. Timothy's School, Ravenscroft School, and St. Mary's School for grades K-12. The camps are sure to provide both summer fun and opportunities to learn and grow academically. K-12 Summer Raleigh Tutoring - 919-781-8963
Read to Achieve Reading Camp Wake County Public School System The goal of Read to Achieve is to ensure that every student reads at grade level by the end of third grade. The camp itself is held for three weeks during track-out periods for year round and summer for traditional schools. First- or second-grade students who are not proficient will be invited to attend a free, district-sponsored camp for the three weeks where they will have their individual needs catered to to help develop their reading skills to match grade level. Elementary School (first through third-grade) Summer
Read With Me Summer Programs Read With Me Bookstore This new children's bookstore downtown is offering a full slate of summer programs, including workshops and camps that support kids' development of skills in reading comprehension, writing, and critical thinking. Summer camps take place in the Creativity Corner of the store, and are built around themes that spur kids' imaginations. Elementary School Summer (certain weeks) Christine
Reading Program Trilogy School in Raleigh The reading program will incorporate the Wilson Reading System, Phoneme awareness through Orton-Gillingham based programs, as well as fluency tools for reading performance tracked by AimsWeb. Elementary School Year-Round 919-781-7804
Reading+Writing Jumpstart Camps Lifetime Learning Academy Boost your student's confidence and academic success with the Reading+Writing Jumpstart camps for students in grades 1 to 6. Each student receives direct, differentiated instruction and small-group interaction, tailored to his/her specific academic needs. The camp provides both review and enrichment in: phonics, read fluency and speed, vocabulary, comprehension, and structured writing. Grades 1-6 July and August 919-468-1721
Y Learning Tutoring YMCA of the Triangle The YMCA provides academic support programs for hundreds of elementary-school-age students across the Triangle. Y Learning provides a structured tutorial program for students who are not meeting school system or grade level benchmarks and works with schools, teachers, and counselors to identify students who could benefit from the program. Elementary School Year-Round 919-719-9622
WAKE Up and Read Campaign for Grade-Level Reading WAKE Up and Read was formed as a community-wide collaboration focused on the goal of having all children reading on grade-level by third grade. We are taking action in three areas to increase childhood literacy: school readiness, school attendance, and summer learning loss. We also conduct a book drive each year to help build home libraries and make books readily available to children who need them. K-12 Year-Round 919-694-8755
WASHINGTON
NC Kids Digital Library NC Public Library Directors Association This online database of eBooks allows for children and teens to check out books online. There are featured books of the month and several different genres for all types of readers. This website also includes several Battle of the Books reads and is constantly evolving to include more and more books. K-12 Year-Round (Online) 919-839-6252
WATAUGA
Alphabet Ready By Five Watauga County Public Library A phonological awareness and letter knowledge based story time. During a weekly story time a different letter is presented. Toddler-Preschool Once a week Lisa Flanigan
Alphabet Ready By Five Outreach Watauga County Public Library A phonics based story time focused on the letters of the alphabet. A story time is presented once a week to a Kindergarten class during the school year. Kindergarten classes Year-Round Lisa Flanigan
Baby Lap Time Watauga County Public Library Books, babies and bubbles, an active and engaging story time designed to encourage and build a foundation for reading. Babies Year-Round Watauga Youth Services Staff
Story Walks Watauga & Western Watauga County Public Library A StoryWalk consists of pages that have been removed from a picture book and glued onto posters, which are then staged outside the library, in a park, or other walkable public space. Presently they are located at Blowing Rock Memorial Park, the Tot Lot Playground near the Greenway (across from the Armory) and at the Cove Creek Walking Trail (near the Western Watauga Branch Library). Pre-K and Elementary School Year-Round Judith Winecoff
Storytime Watauga County Public Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Families of Toddlers-Preschoolers Year-Round Watauga County Public Library's Youth Services Staff
WAYNE
Baby & Me Wayne County Public Library A lap sit program that includes stories, songs, and movement activities for babies and their caregivers. Babies September through May Donna Phillips
Every Child Ready to Read Wayne County Public Library Every Child Ready to Read is an initiative created by the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Services for Children. The program is designed to encourage parents to participate with their young children in enrichment experiences that will build the foundational skills necessary for literacy. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round Donna Phillips, Director
Toddler Time and Pre-K Club Wayne County Public Library Stories, songs, and other activities to foster a love of reading and learning. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round Donna Phillips
WILKES
Wilkes County Public Library's Youth Services We provide weekly, monthly, and seasonal programs to encourage and support literacy skills in all ages All ages Year-Round Elizabeth Lee
YADKIN
NC Kids Digital Library NC Public Library Directors Association This online database of eBooks allows for children and teens to check out books online. There are featured books of the month and several different genres for all types of readers. This website also includes several Battle of the Books reads and is constantly evolving to include more and more books. K-12 Year-Round (Online) 919-839-6252
YANCEY
AMY Summer Reading Club AMY Regional Library Summer Reading Club is a 6-week program for school age children with weekly crafts and reading. Parents can register online as well as access their child's Reading Activity Tracker to monitor their progress over the summer. A great way to prevent the summer slide that happens when children are out of school. Elementary School Summer
Storytime AMY Regional Library Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by the library. This regularly scheduled program is most easily accessible on the library website and is offered for children of different ages. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that can help your child grow into a successful reader. Toddler-Preschool Year-Round 828-733-9393
One-on-One Tutoring Yancey County Literacy Council Program offers one-on-one tutoring in local schools, homes, the local library, in the Literacy Office Elementary and Middle School Year Round 828-678-9646
STATEWIDE
NC Battle of the Books NC School Library Media Association This reading incentive competition allows for children and teens to choose from different lists of books based on elementary or middle school reading levels. Book lists are chosen by the NC School Library Media Association and contests are between schools across NC. While some goals are to foster teamwork, discussion, and competition around books, the true purpose of the competition is to encourage children to actively read and enjoy doing so. Elementary and Middle School Year-Round
Summer Reading Program NC Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped As part of the Summer Reading Program by the State Libraries of NC, NCLBPH patrons who sign up for the program and read at least five books from June to August will earn a prize and certificate. The top three readers in each category will win gift cards. NCLBPH Students of all ages July 1 - August 31 919-733-7476
Team First Book FirstBook We raise funds to provide NEW books to children in need through agencies already serving them. Agencies/Schools can order books from First Book’s national Marketplace at an average price of $2.50-$4 per piece. School System Year-Round Carol Barre
PBS Kids Raising Readers at UNC-TV PBS We connect families, caregivers, teachers, and parents with ready-to-use litearcy resources and supports at home, in school, and in the community. We harness the power of the media to enhance early literacy skills using content from PBS KIDS shows as a springboard for quality learning and integrating our learning philosophy of the learning triangle, which is read, view, and do Elementary School Year Round 919-549-7000
NC Reading Association NC Reading Association The NC Reading Association actively promotes lifelong literacy for all citizens commensurate with each individual's unique capacity. The organization and its member encourage professional interaction among individuals and organizations involved with literacy to provide resources for exemplary literacy practices and habits. K-12 Year-Round Lois Huffman
Dyslexia Awareness Month Decoding Dyslexia NC DD, NC is a grassroots movement driven by NC families, educators, and professionals concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities within our public schools. We aim to raise awareness, empower families to support their children, and inform policymakers on best practices to identify, remediate, and support students with dyslexia in NC public schools. Volunteers October
Imagination Library Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, US Dolly Parton's Imagination Library sends more than one million books per month to children around the world. This program mails a high-quality, age appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no costs to the child's family. Countless parents share how excited their child is when their new books arrive each month. K-8 Year-Round (monthly) 865-428-9606
NC LIVE Search Engine NC LIVE Since it officially began offering online access in 1998, NC LIVE has served all NC libraries with equitable access to a core selection of digital content and services, and has saved the state millions through its collaborative efforts. It offers free electronic access to resources for all ages on topics ranging from careers, business and investing, to health, and genealogy. All North Carolinians may use NC LIVE resources through their local library. All North Carolinians Year-Round (online) 919-513-0451


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