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Durham County Library Hosts Summer Reading Midpoint Rally

Program: Summer Reading Midpoint Rally
Date: Saturday, Jul. 11
Time: 5 – 8 p.m.
Location: Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host the Summer Reading Midpoint Rally from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St.

The Rally will feature performers, bands and a Dress-Your-Dog-as-a-Superhero Parade. Food trucks will also be on site throughout the event. The schedule for the Midpoint Rally will be:

  • Dress-Your-Dog-as-a-Superhero Parade, 5 – 5:30 p.m. – Well-behaved dogs (good with other dogs and children) are invited to join this superhero costume parade. Registration is not required. Participants must arrive at Durham Central Park by 5 p.m.
  • Lunch Money, 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. – Indie-rock band Lunch Money will provide a family-friendly performance dedicated to childhood. The Columbia, South Carolina-based trio has songs in regular rotation on SiriusXM Radio and has been reviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
  • April Turner, 6:30 – 7 p.m. – Turner will present dances and stories from African culture. She specializes in African theatre, dance performance and cultural traditions, and has presented performances, residencies and workshops at community centers, schools and cultural organizations nationwide.
  • Melvil Dewey, 7:15 – 7:45 p.m. – Dewey, International Library Hip Hop Superstar, is a hip hop artist who encourages children to become lifelong readers. The persona was created by Scooter Hayes, Youth Services Librarian at New Hanover County Public Library, while attending North Carolina Central University as a Master of Library Science student. His “Dewey Decimal Rap” has earned more than 1.8 million views on YouTube.

Summer Reading 2015 runs from June 13 to the finale at the Museum of Life and Science on Saturday, August 8. Children, teens and adults can track their reading online and earn points towards both personal and school prizes. Each minute read is worth one Summer Reading point, and points can be earned for participating in activities like attending programs and writing book reviews. Up to 1000 points can be redeemed at any time between June 13 and August 8 for a variety of prizes. For information about Summer Reading registration or programs, visit (shortened url: Registration is also available in person at any library location.

After a positive experience with the Teen Fine Read-Down initiative last year, DCL expanded the program and is allowing everyone to read-down their fines throughout Summer Reading. The initiative supports raising awareness of and accessibility to the library and its materials for all ages, with a special focus on school-age youth. To be eligible, a patron must be registered for Summer Reading and must read print items only (books, magazines, newspapers) while in the library. Participants must read in 15-minute increments, with each 15 minutes earning $2.00 off fines and fees.

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, Durham Arts Council, Durham Public Schools, Durham County Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, Durham Central Park, The Regulator Bookshop, The Herald-Sun, Animal Protection Society, Coca-Cola and Univision. More information is available at

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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