Newton, NC – The Catawba County Library is gearing up for its annual Summer Learning adventure with activities and challenges for kids, teens, and adults! Registration for 2023 Summer Learning for children, teens, and adults opens Monday, May 8, with programs, activities, and reading challenges from June through early August.

This year’s summer learning theme is ALL TOGETHER NOW. 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, Carolina Raptor Center, BIG BANG BOOM, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Bright Star Touring Company, Green Bean Players, Dana Hill Magic, and Catawba County Parks!

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.

Boasting a double focus on reading and hands-on learning opportunities, the library ramps up its programs and activities to keep learning fresh 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.

Help us kick off the summer at our Summer Learning Resource Fair featuring BIG BANG BOOM in concert on Friday, June 2nd at Conover City Park from 4 – 6 pm! All are welcome!

Everyone is encouraged to register, at your local library branch or online at To learn more, please visit your library or call 828.465.8664.

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