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Summer Reading Program

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Dare County Library's 2019 SUMMER READING PROGRAM

is Free, Fun and Educational!

Monday June 17 through Wednesday, August 14

Register on Monday, June 17, or any time after June 17 that the library is open, for the "A Universe of Stories" Summer Reading Program and begin reading. The program will reward children who read a total of 30 days during the summer by awarding them a brand new free book of their choosing.

The Summer Reading Program is designed to be flexible and fun. Children can read on their own but are encouraged to participate in weekly themed programs scheduled at every library location that start July 9 and run through August 14.

For a complete Calendar of Events, click on your library:




Our annual Summer Reading Program is fun and encourages children to read for pleasure while earning prizes and a chance to win the Grand Prize at the end of the Summer Reading Program. It includes weekly programs at each Dare County Library location and is designed to be flexible and fun for children of all ages to help children maintain their reading skills over the summer. (In addition to programs for children in grades K-12, there are also programs especially geared for preschoolers.) Parents can rest easy knowing that the Summer Reading Program is educational and will help children maintain the reading skills they developed throughout the school year, so they are better prepared to enter the classroom once again in the fall.

Preschool age children are invited to enroll in a special "A Universe of Stories" Summer Reading Program just for them, designed to improve their reading and listening skills. Parents can track the books they read with their preschoolers. The children will receive a sticker for each day they read or are read to on their reading log.

Additional programs and special events for school-age children and for "Tweens and Teens" include OBX Lizard Land, an Escape Room and much more!



The Hatteras Library kicks off summer programming with “Don’t Make It Bright, Clean Up the Night!” Do you ever wonder what happens in the Library at night? Come to the Hatteras Library on Tuesday, July 2 at 6:30 pm and find out! We will have interactive displays, crafts, and Star gazing. Our partners for this special program are the Hatteras Island Ocean Center, Roanoke Island Aquarium and the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association. Our thanks to the International Dark-Sky Association for the free informational pamphlets, and a special thanks to Lee Robinson General Store for providing food and refreshments. This program is free and for all ages. 

Join Ms. Tammy and Ms. Donna for the Summer Reading Kick-Off program along with the Donna Pruett, "The Balloon Lady" presenting an entertaining program including her award-winning balloon formations, music and storytelling.

The KICK-OFF is free for children of all ages. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tuesday, July 9 at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Hatteras Village Civic Center (just up the street from the Hatteras Library) – we encourage children and parents to come to the Hatteras Library after the program for a special chance to win a prize.

Tuesday, July 9 at 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Kill Devil Hills Library

Tuesday, July 9 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Manteo Library

OTHER SPECIAL PROGRAMS at all three Dare County Library locations include:

Magician Hunter Rhodes (free magic show for children of all ages - children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult, followed by a magic workshop for older children)

Wednesday, July 17:

Hatteras Library 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Manteo Library 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Kill Devil Hills Library 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 Free Magic Workshop Wednesday, July 17 for older children (Grades 4 through 12):

Hatteras Library 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Manteo Library 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kill Devil Hills Library 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Star Lab Portable Planetarium during the Week of July 22 (Space is limited, Preregistration is REQUIRED, contact your library on or after June 17):

This immersive, interactive experience will show children an awesome intergalactic experience.

Tuesday, July 23, Kill Devil Hills Library (meet at Dare County Parks & Recreation Center at 602 Mustian Street) program 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. (45 minute sessions, preregistration required)

Wednesday, July 24, Manteo Library 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (45 minute-sessions, preregistration required)

Thursday, July 25, Hatteras Library 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (45 minute-sessions, preregistration required)

Lost Colony Children's Theater will perform a scene from the play "Wanda's Monster" followed by an interactive program (for all ages - children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult).

Monday, July 22 at Kill Devil Hills Library 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Monday, July 29 at Manteo Library 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Monday, August 5 at Hatteras Library 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

North Carolina Aquarium presents "Stars Up High and Down Below" for children ages 5 and up:

Rhana Paris from the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island will present an interesting program about stars in the sky and stars that are in the ocean.

Kill Devil Hills Library on Wednesday, July 24 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and again Wednesday, July 31 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Manteo Library on Wednesday, July 31 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Hatteras Library on Thursday, August 1 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Wednesday, August 14: ScienceTellers present "Aliens" for all children of all ages - children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult:

During a night meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky toward Earth - but it's not a shooting star. Two curious kids venture into the forest to investigate and find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet! Pursued by a crazy space scientist, they must risk everything to rescue the aliens and get them back to their spaceship before it's too late! 

Hatteras Library 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Manteo Library 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Kill Devil Hills Library 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.



Register your child for the Summer Reading Program on June 17 or at any time after that at the library. Children can attend weekly library programs or they can read “on their own”. Several special performers are scheduled during this annual program.

Each time your child comes to the library, your child can put a sticker next to their name on the reading poster for their age group for each day that they have read that week. Start reading on or after June 17.

All participating children will get one entry in the GRAND PRIZE Drawing for each sticker (each day your child reads). A Grand Prize is presented at the end of the Summer Reading Program at each of the Dare County Libraries.


Children who read during the summer maintain more of their reading skills, and therefore enter the new school year better able to learn. Parents can rest easy this summer knowing that the Summer Reading Program will help prevent what researchers* call "the summer slide" - where children out of school and not reading regularly experience losing on average one month's worth of instruction. So encourage your children to participate in the Dare County Library's Summer Reading Program to maintain their reading skills.

* June 2010 study "Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap" by the Dominican University, Illinois.  To read the complete study, please click here.



Major funding for the 2019 Summer Reading Program comes from The Dare County Library Foundation. The Dare County Library Foundation was established in 2002 to enhance library services and collections. The mission of the Dare County Library Foundation is to improve the quality of services that the Dare County Library provides to the community. By securing resources to support library programs and projects not normally met by public funding, the library can grow and better meet the needs of our community.