Dare County Library Announces ‘Oceans of Possibilities’ Summer Reading Program


The Dare County Library has announced that registration for its 2022 summer reading program, “Oceans of Possibilities,” will begin this week. Program registration begins Monday, June 20, 2022 at Kill Devil Hills Library as well as Manteo Library. Program registration at the Hatteras Library begins Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

About the Summer Reading Program

The Dare County Library Summer Reading Program– which is free for participants and designed to be flexible and fun for children of all ages – helps local children maintain the reading skills they have developed throughout the school year, so that they are better prepared to return to class in the fall.

According to the Dare County Library, when children are out of school and do not read regularly, they lose an average of a month of instruction, a phenomenon often referred to as “the summer slide.” The Dare County Library encourages local parents to help their children avoid experiencing “the summer slide” by participating in the free, fun and educational summer reading program.

The program will reward children who have read a total of 40 days during the 54-day program with a brand new free book to keep, courtesy of the Dare County Library Foundation. The days children spend reading throughout the summer are tracked at each Dare County Library location, and the books each child reads through the program can be either county library books from Dare that they borrowed, books from home.

The Dare County Library Summer Reading Program also encourages children to participate in a variety of weekly programs scheduled to take place at each library location, but is also flexible to allow children to participate in events and activities of their choice. Children and their parents can stop by the Dare County Library branch in their area during business hours to report and record their reading scores.

Although the Dare County Library Summer Reading Program is open to children of all ages, preschoolers are encouraged to enroll in a special Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program. designed to improve their reading and listening skills. Parents of preschoolers who participate in this special program will have the opportunity to track the books they read with their preschoolers in a reading journal, and children will receive a sticker for each day that they read or are read.

Registration Launch Events for the 2022 Summer Reading Program

To celebrate the launch of the 2022 Summer Reading Program, Dare County Library will host a series of free registration events for children of all ages at each of its three branches.

Hatteras Library: Hatteras Library programming will begin with a kick-off event to be held on Thursday, June 23, 2022, featuring a tour of OBX Lizard Land and living creatures from the organization. Two programs will take place at the Hatteras Library: one at 10:00 a.m., which will also be repeated at 11:15 a.m.:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Kill Devil Hills: The Kill Devil Hills Library has two exciting launch events planned, the first of which will take place on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. the library and participate in several fun activities. The Kill Devil Hills Library will be hosting a repeat of this program and a second Summer Reading Program registration event on Thursday, June 23, 2022, beginning at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Manteo Library: The Manteo Library launch event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, 2022 and will feature interactive music performed by local band Nature Out Loud from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Craft activities will be available, and a library treasure hunt will also be organized. takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All programs are free and designed to be enjoyed by children of all ages.

July and August Summer Reading Program Events and Activities

In addition to the launch events, several other summer reading program events are scheduled for July and August, including additional tours of OBX Lizard Land and their incredible creatures, the fish print, an escape room “Bermuda Triangle”, a “Titanic” an escape room, a Lego building competition, simple science experiments, bingo games in two languages ​​to refresh children’s knowledge of Spanish, learn all about bioluminescent creatures and a “Make Your Own Glowing Angler Fish” activity, as well as tours of the Coastal Studies Institute and North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

The 2022 Summer Reading Program will conclude with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Finals to be held at each of the three Dare County Library locations.

For more information about Dare County Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program, “Oceans of Possibilities” – including a schedule of events – please click the button below or contact the library branch of Dare County in your area at the following numbers.

  • Manteo: 252-473-2372
  • Hatteras: 252-986-2385
  • Kill Devil Hills: 252-441-4331


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