Executive - Press Release

Posted on: June 2, 2017

New Castle County libraries challenge readers of all ages to “Build A Better World” this summer

Annual Summer Reading Challenge kicks off with a June 3 celebration at Brandywine Hundred Library


New Castle, DE 
– Children, teens, and adults are invited to “Build a Better World”, the theme of the New Castle County Library System’s Summer Reading Challenge, which will feature a family-friendly kick-off event at Brandywine Hundred Library on Saturday, June 3, from 10 am to 1 pm. The kick-off event is open to all teens and children accompanied by an adult and features children’s crafts, activities, face painting and games. Special guests, including Miss Delaware Teen USA and the Delaware Humane Association, will attend, as well as performers The Juggling Hoffmans and The Imagination Players.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a free incentive program in all New Castle County libraries from June 1st through August 12th that encourages and rewards reading during the summer months. Research shows that reading over the summer is essential for combatting summer learning loss in children and can improve students’ performance in the coming school year. Libraries offer resources and guidance to support children’s summer reading.

“Power down your electronic devices, and power up your literacy skills this summer,” said County Executive Matthew Meyer. “There are no children who dislike reading, but there are children who have not found the right book. Parents, please bring your kids so your County libraries can help them find books to open their world.”

Teens, children, and adults can participate in the New Castle County Library System’s Summer Reading Challenge in person by enrolling at their local library or online at to https://nccde.beanstack.org/. Additional information is available at http://nccde.org/875/Summer-Reading.

Summer Reading Challenge participants receive a log to record the number of hours they have read. They can bring the log back to the library every week to have their hours recorded; virtual participants can log into their online accounts to self-record their reading hours. At ten hours of reading, children and teens receive a prize book and a certificate confirming their completion of the program; adult participants complete the program after reading four books. Libraries will offer a variety of special events to encourage participants to visit their local libraries throughout the summer and to complete the Summer Reading Challenge.

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Contact: Jason Miller, Director of Communications, 302-545-1462

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