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On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! Cabarrus County Public Library Releases Summer Reading Program Itinerary

Jun 24, 2016 06:30AM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Child reading. Photo courtesy of the Cabarrus County Public Library Facebook Page.

About the Summer Reading Program

What is the SRP: The SRP encourages summer reading, education, and retention through programs, performers, and events around a centralized theme.

2016 Dates: June 13-August 13

2016 SRP Theme: On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!

Who can participate: Any Cabarrus County resident. The program divides participants into groups (Birth-5, 6-12, 12-18 and Adult) with age-appropriate activities. 

How can I participate: Pick up a reading log at any branch of the library. During the two months of the program, participants can qualify for a prize by logging hours spent reading.



Get a prize for signing up

  • Kids ages 0-12 get a reading record and stamper
  • Teens and adults get a reading record and sunglasses

Earn a free book

  • Ages 0-5, after logging 10 hours
  • Ages 6-12, after logging 15 hours
  • Ages 12-18, after logging 20 hours

Earn entrance to the SPR Finale Party at the August 14 Kannapolis Intimidators game

  • Ages 16 and younger, after turning in a completed log

Each branch will have various weekly prize drawings


Benefits of the SRP

Originally, the SRP helped kids avoid the summer slide. According to the Reading is Fundamental website, summer slide happens when minds stop learning over the summer. Children who do not read over the summer will lose up to three months of reading achievement. By the end of fifth grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer are three years behind their classmates.

Today, the SRP has something for children, teens and adults. Not just about reading, the SRP encourages people to use the public library as a gateway to lifelong learning, creativity and exploration. It includes literacy-based hands-on activities and fun events.

Click here for a PDF of the full calendar of events happening this summer. 

What’s new this year

Coinciding with the summer reading theme of being healthy, fit and active, Cabarrus County Public Library partnered with the Kannapolis Intimidators and other community organizations to sponsor a SRP kickoff event, Bikes and Baseball: Bike Rodeo with the Kannapolis Intimidators.

Though it already passed, it was a great way to kick off the season. Kids, ages 4-14, attended, bringing their bikes and tested their riding skills. They also participated in games and activities, and more. 

The first 100 participants received a free ticket to that evening’s Intimidators baseball game!


Number of participants in the Last Year's SRP

3700+ children, 700+ teens and 1,700+ adults participated last year. 


Cabarrus County Public Library (CCPL) branch locations:

Concord: 27 Union Street N, Concord, 704-920-2050

Harrisburg: 201 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg, 704-920-2080

Kannapolis: 850 Mountain Street, Kannapolis, 704-920-1180

Mt. Pleasant: 8556 Cook Street, Mt. Pleasant, 704-920-2202


CCPL website:



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