Summer Reading Program

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Summer Reading Program Begins July 11
Krendl Illusionist SRP
Children Listening to a Librarian Read a Book
Libraries Rock

Dare County Library's 2018 SUMMER READING PROGRAM

is Free, Fun and Educational!

 Wednesday, July 11TH through Tuesday, August 14TH


How it Works



Register on or after Wednesday, July 11TH at your library for the "Libraries Rock!" Summer Reading Program. There are weekly themed events for children ages K-5TH Grades. Each library's calendar is available to view or print using the links below. (Separate special calendars for "Tweens & Teens" are also available using the links below for the Manteo and the Kill Devil Hills libraries.)

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


Join Ms. Tammy and Ms. Donna for the Summer Reading Kick-Off program along with the Krendl the Magician presenting an entertaining magic show.

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

Wednesday, July 11 at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Hatteras Library

Wednesday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Manteo Library

Wednesday, July 11 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Kill Devil Hills Library

 Krendl the Magician will also host a free MAGIC WORKSHOP for children in grades 4 through 12 on Wednesday, July 11 at:

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

Kill Devil Hills Library 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


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-5, there are also weekly programs especially geared for preschoolers at all library locations and tweens and teens programs at the Kill Devil Hills Library and the Manteo Library.)

Other special programs at all three Dare County Library locations include:

Aurora Fossil Museum (children in grades K and Up).

Tuesday, July 31ST:

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

Kill Devil Hills Library 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Manteo Library 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Bright Star Touring Theatre presenting the musical show "American Tales & Tunes" (children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult).

Wednesday, August 1ST:

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

Kill Devil Hills Library 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Manteo Library 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.



Register your school-age child for the Summer Reading Program on July 11TH 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 either the Preschool or School Age or Tweens & Teens reading poster for each day that they have read that week. Start reading on or after June 7TH at the Hatteras Library and Manteo Library. Start reading on or after July 11TH at the Kill Devil Hills Library.

All participating School-age children (in grades K-12TH) will get one entry in the GRAND PRIZE Drawing for each sticker - that's 72 total entries at the Hatteras Library, 72 total entries at the Manteo Library, and 36 total entries at Kill Devil Hills Library in the drawing if your child reads each day! A Grand Prize is presented at the end of the Summer Reading Program at each of the Dare County Libraries.

Weekly programs for the Summer Reading Program, the Tweens & Teens Program, and the PreSchool Story Time are filled with stories, fun activities, and prizes. Join the fun!


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.


PRESCHOOL AGE children are invited to enroll in a special Story Time Summer Reading Program just for them, designed to improve their reading and listening skills. Parents can track the books they read with, or read to, their preschoolers. Preschool age children will receive a sticker for each book tracked on their reading log.

Weekly Story Times for preschoolers and other special programs for ALL AGES are available throughout the Summer Reading Program.

The TWEENS & TEENS Only Summer Reading Program runs July 11TH through August 14TH at the Kill Devil Hills Library and the Manteo Library. Tweens and Teens can attend any of the Summer Reading Program special events and/or special programs geared just for them including a free magic workshop for Grades 4TH through 12TH, an Escape Room Mystery and a Rock-N-Roll STEM Day with caricatures, STEM activities, games and snakes held at the Kill Devil Hills Library. The Manteo Library Tweens & Teens Only special events include a free magic workshop for Grades 4TH through 12TH and an Escape Room Mystery and more. Participants can read on their own  and put a sticker on the Tweens & Teens reading poster in the library for each day that you have read that week. Each sticker represents one entry in the Grand Prize drawing.


The Summer Reading Program wraps up with an exciting acrobatic performance and interactive presentation by the  "Down to Earth Aerials".

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

Tuesday, August 14th at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Hatteras Library

Tuesday, August 14th at 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Kill Devil Hills Library

Tuesday, August 14th at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Manteo Library

"Down to Earth Aerials" strives to educate, inspire, and motivate children to read, exercising the brain and body. Children are encouraged to read and use their imagination.


Please support our local businesses that donated items for the Summer Reading Program prizes. We appreciate all of our Summer Reading Program sponsors for their donations so that children participating in this important program can earn weekly prizes and earn a chance for the Grand Prize presented at the end of the Summer Reading Program.

We wish to thank the following local businesses for their generous support of the 2018 Summer Reading Program at the Dare County Library so that children participating in this important program can earn weekly prizes.:

  • Ace Hardware, Kitty Hawk
  • A.S. Austin Co.
  • Avon Fishing Pier
  • Awful Arthur's Beach Shop
  • Beach Pharmacy of Hatteras
  • Ben Franklin
  • Blue Moon Beach Grill
  • Bluegrass Island Trading Co.
  • Bonzer Shack Bar and Grill
  • Burger King
  • Buxton Village Books
  • Capt'n Frank's Hot Dogs
  • Charis Coffee House
  • Cloud Nine
  • Coastal Cottage Outfitters
  • Cottage Shop, Buxton
  • Country Deli
  • Cozy Kitchens
  • Darrell's 2 Restaurant
  • Downtown Books
  • Duck Donuts
  • Elite Nails Nags Head
  • Farmer's Daughter
  • Food Dudes Kitchen
  • Garden Deli & Pizzeria
  • H2OBX Waterpark
  • Happy Belly Ice Cream
  • Harris Teeter
  • Hatteras Harbor Deli
  • Hatteras Island Pharmacy
  • Hatteras Sno-Balls
  • Home Depot
  • Hungry Pelican Deli
  • Island Bookstore
  • Island Snowball Company
  • Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint
  • Jeannette's Pier
  • John's Drive-In
  • Jolly Roger Restaurant
  • Kill Devils Frozen Custard & Beach Fries
  • La Fogata Mexican Restaurant
  • Laughing Lollipop
  • McDonalds
  • Monkey Business Toy Store
  • Mulligan's Grille
  • My Little Sunshine OBX
  • Nags Head Adventure Park
  • Nags Head Fishing Pier
  • New York Pizza Pub
  • OB-Xscape Rooms
  • OBX Bowling Center
  • Oden's Dock
  • Olde Town Creamery
  • Ortega'z Southwestern Grill
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Outer Banks Old Time Photos
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Pelican's Roost Tackle Shop
  • Pioneer Theatre
  • Pirates and Pixies Toy Store
  • Pizza Hut
  • Plaza Azteca
  • Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop
  • Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf
  • Red Drum Tackle Shop
  • Roanoke Island Animal Clinic
  • Slice Pizzeria
  • Southern Shores Pizza & Deli
  • Stack'Em High Pancakes, Kitty Hawk
  • Starbucks
  • Studio 12 Avon
  • Sunsational Designs Gallery & Beads of Paradise
  • Teach's Lair Marina
  • Tortoise and the Hair Comics
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Nags Head & Kitty Hawk
  • Tuesday Morning
  • Turf's Up OBX
  • TW's Bait and Tackle
  • Uncle Eddy's Frozen Custard & Mini-Golf
  • Village Market Red & White Hatteras
  • Walmart
  • Whalebone Tackle
  • Wreck Tiki Bar and Food
  • Yellow Submarine Pizza & Subs