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Durham County Library Kicks Off Summer Reading 2016

On Your Mark...Get Set...READ! Summer Reading Kickoff, Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Northgate MallThe Durham community is invited to help Durham County Library officially launch Summer Reading 2016 with the Summer Reading Kickoff on Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd. The festivities will take place on the Plaza, which is on the theater end of the mall.

This fun-filled celebration is free and open to the public and will include everything from live performances on the Center Stage to face painting and bounce houses. People of all ages are invited to attend. Performers on the Center Stage will include: Caleb Sigmon: Illusionist & Storyteller (10 – 10:45 a.m.); African American Dance Ensemble (11 – 11:45 a.m.); and Melvil Dewey: Library Hip Hop Superstar (12 noon – 12:45 p.m.). Other activities will include Bouncing Bulldogs, game trucks, balloons, Zumba and line dancing, Cirque de Vol: Circus Acts, Danza de los Viejitos and so much more.

All Durham County Library locations will be closed until 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11 in order for library staff to make sure the Summer Reading Kickoff is a success.

Summer Reading runs from June 11 through August 6. Children, teens and adults can register online at or at any Durham County Library location.

Beginning June 11, patrons can earn points by reading, attending programs, and completing other activities like writing book reviews. Each minute read is worth one point. Participants qualify for different prizes every hundred points earned up to 1000 points. 600 points earns children and teens a free book and entry into the grand prize drawing. Only children and teens receive a free book, but adults can still be entered into the grand prize drawing. Prizes along the way range from bookmarks to tote bags and t-shirts. Grand prizes include: a pirate ship cardboard playhouse for children up to age 5; Star Wars LEGO set and Skyzone gift certificate or cubelets for children between ages 6 and 11; Kindle Fire with Amazon gift card for teens; and Fitbit or Kindle Paperwhite with Amazon gift card for adults.

Summer Reading, the library’s most popular program, is sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Durham Arts Council, Durham Central Park, Durham County Government, Durham Library Foundation, Durham History Hub, Durham Public Schools, Friends of the Durham Library, The Herald-Sun, Northgate Mall, The Regulator Bookshop, United Way of the Greater Triangle and Univision.

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