Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) and Charleston County School District (CCSD) are working together to help students and children read more than ever this summer. This joint initiative is part of the Library’s annual Summer Reading programs, which provide incentives for reading during the summer months.
The programs for children, teens and adults run between June 1 and July 31 and feature hundreds of free events and fun prizes provided by our generous community sponsors. This is the first time CCSD and CCPL have partnered to implement the programs, and as part of the collaboration, every student has been automatically registered for the program that corresponds to their age. Students who choose to participate can begin logging their reading on June 1. It is as simple as this: Read. Log. Win.
“The school district and CCPL are determined to keep children engaged in reading through the summer. It only made sense for us to team up on our efforts in fighting the summer slide, which can diminish students’ literacy levels during their time away from the classroom,” said CCPL Executive Director Nicolle Davies. “By registering every student, we hope to remove any barriers that may exist and make it easier for them to participate.”
Studies show that students who don’t read during the summer will be less prepared when school resumes.
“Our district is extremely grateful for the energy and planning CCPL is putting into the Summer Reading Program,” said Cindy Ambrose, CCSD’s Deputy Superintendent of Learning Services. “Reading comprehension, as well as the joy of reading, is critical to the overall success of our students. I believe this partnership will benefit our children, and our families, immensely.”
Children: Kids ages 11 and younger earn prizes for reading or listening to stories. Rewards are distributed to kids who complete five, 15 and 30 hours of reading, and prizes include the S.C. Reading Medal, a RiverDogs game pass, vouchers for local attractions, and more. Enjoy nearly 700 programs that feature live animals, storytellers, concerts and other exciting performances. Summer Reading for Babies is for pre-readers, and activity sheets are designed for caregivers and babies. Participants who complete the activities receive a board book and a free tote bag. Click here to download the children’s Summer Reading program, which lists all of the fun events throughout the summer.
Teens: Students entering grades 6-12 win cool prizes for reading whatever they like. Teens are rewarded for reaching a reading goal through weekly prize drawings and branch grand prize drawings. Prizes include free food, passes to local attractions, and gift cards.
Adults: Participants ages 18 and older are eligible for bi-monthly gift card prizes and a grand prize drawing.
Non-CCSD students who would like to sign up for Summer Reading may pre-register starting May 1 by visiting www.ccpl.org/summeronline or signing up at any CCPL branch. For information on programs, prizes, reading lists and registration, visit the CCPL website and click on the Summer Reading banner.