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Major funding from The Dare County Library Foundation 

Major funding for the 2020 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.

Rediscover the Joy of Reading for Pleasure

We hope that parents, grandparents and caregivers will give their child, grandchild, niece or nephew the opportunity to discover or rediscover the wholesome enjoyment that reading for pleasure can give to a young person as they “Imagine Your Story!” at the Dare County Library this summer.

Free, Fun and Educational | July 6 - August 7, 2020

Parents, 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. 

Register Each Child for the Summer Reading Program 

Once registered, we will be able to remain in contact about upcoming activities and the awarding of prizes. 

  • To register your child online for the "Imagine Your Story!" Summer Reading Program, click here.

  • After Tuesday, July 7, parents not wanting to register online can call and pick up forms for their children at your library using curbside service by calling your library weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to schedule a "no staff contact", curbside pickup appointment.  

  • Once you have registered your child, weekly “kits” including activity sheets and extra goodies are available for curbside pickup at your library beginning each Tuesday at both the Kill Devil Hills Library and the Manteo Library, and each Thursday at the Hatteras Library.

    For Kill Devil Hills Library Summer Reading Program Instructions for Pick Up, click here.

This year's Summer Reading Program is planned differently

This year’s Summer Reading theme is "Imagine Your Story!" and many fun and exciting activities have been planned. 

Unlike prior years, we won’t be hosting popular performers and filling our meeting rooms with dozens of parents and children.  Instead, to begin Summer Reading this year, programs will:

  • be Virtual or Outside (weather permitting)

  • have Weekly “kits” including activity sheets for parents to take home.  (See weekly activity themes on our website below.)

Note: If guidance changes, it is possible we will have an in-person program or two by the end of the Summer Reading Program in early August.

How it Works

This year, “Imagine Your Story!” Summer Reading  Program will reward children who complete 5 fun reading activities on their Reading Tracker Form by August 7 by awarding them a brand new free book of their choosing from our list, courtesy of The Dare County Library Foundation. We thought you'd like to see the list of prize books. Your child can select a book from any list. No need to print these lists. You will be contacted by email or phone to let us know the title of the book your child selected as their Summer Reading Prize.

Reading Tracker Forms

For each registered child, fill out a Reading Tracker form as directed on the form. No need to print these forms. An age appropriate form will be included in your child's Activity Kit. Once you register your child, the library will contact you to schedule a library curbside pickup appointment so you can get a kit for each child you registered.

Weekly Activities

For a helpful Summer Reading Program Literacy Guide for parents, click here

Our Summer Reading Program is different this year because the libraries are currently closed to the public. But registered children of all ages can still have lots of fun and learn! Weekly activity kits are available to pick up using our no staff contact, Curbside Pickup Service at your library. Call to schedule an appointment convenient to you. 

NOTE: The documents below are included in the weekly activity kits. (You do not need to print these. We just thought you'd like to get an idea of all the fun your child will have at home by participating in our Summer Reading Program.)

WEEK OF JULY 6 - Theme is PIRATES! Aarrgh!!



Just look at all the fun some of our already registered children are having with this week’s theme “Pirates!". Fun for all ages!

Summer Reading Program pirates week

WEEK OF JULY 13 - Theme is CASTLES (and knights, princesses and more!)




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