Summer Reading

Summer with the Library 2020 Is Happening Now!

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June 1 - August 31

SRC 2019
1000 Books

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

New Castle County Libraries invite you to participate in this free program which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she begins kindergarten. For more information, check out what New Castle County Libraries have to offer (PDF) or visit

Purposes of the Summer Reading Challenge:

  1. Encourage children and families to read and participate in reading related activities during the summer months;
  2. Introduce children and families to a RANGE of library services;
  3. Bridge the learning that takes place in the classroom throughout the school year.

Summer Reading Is For Everyone!

Reading to a Child

Early Literacy

It is never too early to introduce the concept of reading to young children. A parent or caregiver can read aloud to the child and log their shared reading. NCC Library staff is trained in providing services and resources to parents and caregivers of young children.

Independent Readers

Children read on their own and keep a record of their reading. Then they report what they’ve read to the librarian to receive their rewards and certificate at each appropriate milestone. The Summer Reading Challenge prepares children for success at school by developing reading and language skills during summer break.


Many young people stop using libraries when they reach the teen years. A summer program designed with teen interests in mind keeps them involved in the public library. This program is designed to encourage teens to become lifelong readers and library users.


Children join the summer reading program alone or participate with their families. Family participation encourages reluctant readers who may be more willing to join with a family reading partner. It also encourages visits to the public library as a family activity.

Taking a Selfie
Family Activites

Children and Teens will earn a free book by logging their first 10 hours read. There are also opportunities to earn additional free books as they continue to read. Finally, there are opportunities to earn entries for the grand prizes awarded at the end of the program (Grand prizes differ at each branch, check with your local library for details).

Events and Activities

Performances, craft programs, story times, computer workshops, and author/illustrator visits are some of the programs offered by NCC libraries this summer. Check with their local library all summer long for reading materials as well as special events and activities geared towards a variety of interests and age levels.

Summer Reading Programs are Free, Fun and Promote Literacy!

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children and families to read a variety of materials for pleasure and to have fun all summer long. The program is also designed to help children of all ages develop and maintain their literacy skills over the summer.

Experts in the fields of child brain development and reading research agree that literacy skills develop early and are strengthened when children read during the summer months. For a compilation of the latest research on avoiding the ‘summer slide’ and the importance of reading during the summer months visit SummerLearning.Org

We believe that when children read what they enjoy, they learn to love reading and become better readers. With this understanding we can all work together to effectively create life-long readers.

Dancing Together