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Durham County Library Gears up for Summer Reading 2014

Program: Durham County Library Summer Reading Kickoff at Northgate Mall
Day/Date: Saturday, June 14
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham, NC 27701
Cost: Free and open to the public

DURHAM — Durham County Library will celebrate the start of Summer Reading 2014 with a kickoff at Northgate Mall on Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dozens of performers and activities will be on tap, including Scrap Exchange, Paint Savvy, North Carolina Zoo, Museum of Natural Sciences, Durham Arts Council, Mad Science, aerialists, storytelling, face painting, balloon art, crafts, bounce houses, a video game truck and musicians.

Northgate Mall is located at 1058 W. Club Blvd. in Durham. The kickoff will take place both indoors and on the outdoor plaza between entrances 2 and 4. The event is free and open to the public.
This year’s theme, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” provides opportunities for interactive performances and hands-on science and technology programs at the kickoff and throughout the season. Participants of all ages will find a wide range of activities available. A sample of the kickoff’s schedule at the mall includes:

  • North Carolina Zoo, 10 – 10:45 a.m. (Inside Mall) – Explore the science of animals in nature. Take part in a question and answer session with zoo staff.
  • Criss Cross Mangosauce, 10:15 a.m. (Outside on Plaza) – This bilingual and bicultural performing group will get kids moving and singing in both English and Spanish, using a combination of traditional Latin rhythms, classic American children’s rhymes, sing-along stories and games from various countries in Latin America.
  • Flow Circus, 11 – 11:45 a.m. (Inside Mall) – Performer Paul Miller tells the story of the fateful summer when he first learns about physics. In this seemingly magical world where everything falls, balances and spins, he defies gravity and discovers new skills. His journey begins with a single question that ultimately gets answered at the library.
  • Lunch Money, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Outside on Plaza) – Lunch Money brings the indie rock experience to family audiences with a musical salute to childhood. This South Carolina-based trio has been featured on SiriusXM Radio and reviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered.
  • Mad Science, 12 – 12:45 p.m. (Inside Mall) – This interactive event introduces children to the principles of air and pressure. Kids can explore how Bernoulli’s principle creates enough lift to make a jumbo jet fly or how air pressure can be used to launch a hot air balloon.

While the official start is still weeks away, Summer Reading online registration for children, teens and adults is now open. The library is encouraging everyone to avoid the “long digital lines” by signing up for a summer of reading before the official start of the season.

“We’ve opened online registration early this year,” said Lynne Barnette, Southwest Regional Library manager and Summer Reading committee chair. “We wanted to give everyone an opportunity to sign up and check out the great programs and events we have planned this summer. Patrons can sign up at, but they won’t be able to log reading minutes until the kickoff in a few weeks.” (shortened url:

According to the State Library of North Carolina, the number of books read during the summer is consistently related to academic gains. Children in every income group who read six or more books over the summer gained more in reading achievement than children who did not. The use of the public library during the summer is more predictive of vocabulary gains than attending summer school.

To help students make those gains, and to ensure no one misses out on the joys of a good book, Summer Reading encourages everyone to read throughout the season. Participants will track their reading online using a point system. Each minute read is worth one Summer Reading point, and points can be earned for participating in activities such as attending programs and writing book reviews. Up to 1000 points can be redeemed at any time between June 14 and August 9 for a variety of prizes. A minimum of 600 points enters the reader into a drawing for this year’s grand prizes, which include: a Nabi Jr. Tablet and Chrome Book for children; a Kindle Fire and gift certificate for teens; and a Tablet, theatre tickets and restaurant gift certificates for adults.

Each location will host special events for all ages during a Midpoint Week Rally, Monday, July 7 to Sunday, July 13. Visit the website or check out Summer Reading publications available at each location for details.

The system-wide Summer Reading Finale will be held at the Museum of Life and Science from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 9. Everyone is invited to celebrate Summer Reading accomplishments with family and friends and enjoy performers, displays, puppet shows, magic, music and more.

More information about Summer Reading is available at (shortened url: Registration is now available online or in person at any library location. Summer Reading, the library’s most popular program, is sponsored by Durham County, the Friends of the Durham Library, Durham Library Foundation, Northgate Mall, Duke Energy, the American Dance Festival, The Carolina Theatre, Durham Arts Council, The Regulator Bookshop, The Herald-Sun, Oxford University Press, The Museum of Natural Sciences and the Museum of Life and Science.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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