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Kids: Summer Reading

Youth Services information for patrons birth to 12 years of age, and their caregivers

Reading Log

Use this Reading Log to track your child's reading time this summer! Bring your completed logs to your local branch for prizes!



When your child completes their reading log, they earn a chance to select a book, and they are entered into a drawing to win a prize pack. It includes tickets to the NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores, an autographed book, a set of Keva Color Pops, and a Narwhal & Jelly plush set!

Any additional reading logs completed can be entered in as additional raffle entries.


Virtual Programs for Children!

Summer Reading Kickoff! June 14th @ 10:30am                                                                  

Virtual Music Discovery Program with the North Carolina Symphony                     

Register online via our program calendar             

Week 1: June 14– June 18: ecoExplore!                                                                         

ecoEXPLORE is a science program for children in grades K-8. Developed by The North Carolina  Arboretum, this program combines science exploration with kid-friendly technology to foster a fun learning environment for children while encouraging them to explore the outdoors.           

Register your child at, check out an ecoExplorer’s kit from the library, and look for “HotSpots” at your local branch!

Week 1: Craft: Jellyfish in a Bottle

Did you ever want to see a jellyfish up close? Stop by your local branch for instructions on how to make your own!

Week 2: June 21-June 25: Zoo Yoga

Week 2: Craft: Cat Origami

Week 3: July 5-July 9: Leap Into Science with Shadows!

Week 4: July 12-July 16: Facts & Snacks with FROGS!

Week 5: July 19-July 23: Camouflage!

Week 6: July 26-July 30: Animal Defenses

Week 7: August 2– August 6: Polar Animals

Summer Reading Wrap-Up


Don’t forget to signup for the Summer Reading Club, and submit your reading log for prizes!


Special thanks to the Friends of the Beaufort and Western Branches for their support of the Summer Reading Program!



Be an ecoEXPLORER!

How it works:

  1. Sign up to be an ecoEXPLORER using the form on their website. Then check your email for a link to give permission for your participation.
  2. Go outside in your own backyard or at a designated ecoEXPLORE HotSpot to find wildlife species, including plants, reptiles, amphibians, insects and birds.
  3. Use your own device — or check out an iPod Touch at any LoanSpot location — and photograph your wildlife observation, noting the data, location, time, size, and species observed.
  4. Login to your ecoEXPLORE profile online and submit your observation.
  5. Arboretum staff will then review your observation and submit all approved submissions to the iNaturalist Network, which is used by real scientists!