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Summer Learning 2024!

Published: April 25, 2024

The Catawba County Library is gearing up for its annual Summer Learning adventure with activities and challenges for kids, teens, and adults! Boasting a double focus on reading and hands-on learning opportunities, the library ramps up its programs and activities to keep all ages engaged with learning throughout the summer.

Why do we do this? Studies show that kids can lose a substantial amount of the gains they achieve during the school year if they don’t regularly put their critical thinking abilities to the test. The library takes an active role in ensuring that children and teens stay engaged during the summer months so that they can pick up where they left off when the new school year begins.

This year’s summer learning theme is ADVENTURE BEGINS AT YOUR LIBRARY. Join us at any of the seven Catawba County Library locations for an exciting mix of programs including storytimes, STEAM programs, performances and educational programs by the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Catawba Valley Astronomy Club, Soap Bubble Circus, Schiele Museum of Natural History, Stretch-N-Grow of the Foothills, Green Bean Players, Dana Hill Magic, and Catawba County Parks!

For a sneak peek at this summer's calendar of events, click on the images below: 


Children, teens, AND adults are encouraged to participate in our reading challenges and to complete at least 600 minutes of reading over the summer. Prizes are up for grabs, both for folks who register to participate and for those who complete 600 minutes of reading. Prizes will also be awarded to children at the 200 and 400 minute marks to encourage summer-long participation. Everyone is encouraged to register at your local library or online beginning May 6.

Summer programs and activities take place from June through early August. The adventure begins with a Family Fun Day at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch on May 11 from 11 am – 4 pm with live music featuring the King Bees, food trucks, and crafts. Then join us for a system-wide celebration at Conover Station on Friday, June 7 from 4 - 6 pm with a sneak peek of programs, photo op with Smokey the Bear, crafts, games, and family fun!

Everyone is encouraged to register, at your local library branch or online at To learn more, please visit your library or call 828.465.8665. We look forward to sharing adventures this summer!