Children's Summer Reading Program 2024: Adventure Begins at your Library

Children’s Summer Reading Program 2024

Join the Burke County Public Library for a summer full of adventures!

Registration is open for programs, storytimes, and reading tracking. Fun programs and activities all summer long!
Weekly Storytimes require pre-registration and run June 10th through July 27th.
Set your own personal goals and track minutes read digitally on READSquared (for video tutorials, visit OR on paper. Tracking can be done June 10th through July 31st. Each week that you track minutes read, you get to visit the prize cart!

Program is for birth through 5th graders. For questions, program registration, or to get more information vist or call your library.

Download the Children’s SRP Flyer, or see the information on this page, for event details and more information.

Coming Soon:
August Programs!

Weekly Storytimes

Summer weekly storytimes are offered for ages birth through 5th grade at all three of our libraries. Click HERE for more information. Pre-registration is required for these programs. Call the library or stop by to sign up. Summer storytimes run June 10 through July 27 (and do not meet the week of July 1-5).

Fall Storytime Registration begins August 5, with Programs beginning the week of August 19.

Morganton Public Library

Family Preschool Storytime (2-5 years old)
Thursdays at 10:30 am

Library Explorers (K-2nd graders)
Tuesdays at 4:00pm

Cool Kids Club (3rd-5th graders)
Mondays at 3:30pm

*Pop In ‘N Play will be offered to caregivers with children age
3 years old and younger at 10:30 am.
Does not require pre-registration.
Mondays: June 17, 24 & July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Valdese Public Library

Baby Bookworms (birth-24 months)
Thursdays at 10:00am

Terrific Tots (2-3 year olds)
Mondays at 10:00am

Preschool Pals (4-5 year olds)
Wednesdays at 10:00am

Library Explorers (K-2nd graders)
Mondays at 3:30pm

Cool Kids Club (3rd-5th graders)
Tuesdays at 3:30pm

C.B. Hildebrand Public Library

Baby Bookworms and Terrific Tots
(birth-2 year olds)
Wednesdays at 10:45am

Preschool Pals (3-5 year olds)
Tuesdays at 10:45am

Family Storytime (all ages)
Thursdays at 10:45am

Library Explorers (K-2nd graders)
Thursdays at 3:30pm

Cool Kids Club (3rd-5th graders)
Tuesdays at 3:30pm

Click HERE for more information on each storytime, and the monthly storytime flyers.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten, Read it and Reap

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is simple, free, and the rewards are priceless! This program promotes reading to newborns, infants and toddlers. As a parent or caregiver, you are the first education provider your child has during the first five years.

Read a book, any book, to your child with the goal of reading 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and giving them the best start towards success.

We’re here to help you on your journey of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Stop by or call any of the libraries for more information or to get started.

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How to Participate

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun, exciting and free way to start your child on the path to success! Any child, ages birth to before kindergarten can participate.

Register at any Burke County Public Library location. You will be given program materials when you sign-up, or you can download the reading logs from our website or track using READSquared.

Track your reading. Write down each book on the reading log. Every book counts. Even if your child wants to hear the same books over and over. Don’t forget to count the books your child hears in storytime, daycare, or even with a friend or family member, as long as the child listens to the entire book.

Each time you read 100 books, bring your reading log to the library to receive a milestone sticker and choose a prize from the treasure chest. If you prefer, you may call the library and we will come to your car to pick up reading logs and deliver a prize.

Elementary Battle of the Books Booklist

Download the 2024-2025 Booklist

Note: All books are available through the library in print, and many are available as eBooks through NC Kids Digital Library, one of our two Overdrive collections.

EcoExplore. See it. Snap it. Share it.

EntomologySeason with EcoExplore

Like science? Turn into a Citizen Scientist (with a chance to earn some great prizes) with EcoExplore!

ecoEXPLORE (Experiences Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education) is an incentive-based citizen science program for children in grades K-8. Developed by The North Carolina Arboretum, this innovative program combines science exploration with kid-friendly technology to foster a fun learning environment for children while encouraging them to explore the outdoors and participate in citizen science. More information on the program can be found at