Newton, NC – Do you know that children who don’t read over the summer can lose up to three months of reading achievement? The American Sociological Review reports that summer learning loss accounts for about two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap in reading.

Library Summer Learning Programs are designed to keep kids engaged in learning all summer long.

summer-readingFamilies can prevent that summer slide and join the Catawba County Library System for exciting interactive programs that encourage kids and families to read and learn together. Participants keep a reading log to earn incentives and a chance at a drawing for prizes!

This year’s summer learning theme is “Build a Better World” with interactive programs at all seven Catawba County Library locations, including live animal adventures with the Schiele Museum, musical theater with the Green Bean Players, physical fitness with In the Mix Fitness, STEAM programs, and much more.

Four of the county library locations (Newton, St. Stephens, Southwest and Claremont) will be providing free lunch to all children age 2-18, Monday through Friday from 12:30 – 2:30 pm (Tuesday – Friday at Claremont).

System-wide registration begins May 15th with summer learning programs kicking off on June 12th. All ages are encouraged to register online or at your local branch. Call 828-465-8664 for more information.

For more information, visit www.librarynews.catawbacountync.