Summer Reading is Here!

Summer Reading is Out of this World!

The Cherokee County Public Library will host its annual Summer Reading Program throughout June and July. Blast off to the Gaffney and Blacksburg libraries to check out any of our free events all summer long. This year, signing up for summer reading is easier than ever. You can register inside the library or at home through our portal: Earthlings can also download the Readsquared app. All ages are welcome to participate in our reading program or attend our events.

The reading registration portal will be open from June 1st through July 31st. So be sure to keep track of the books read or minutes spent reading and library events attended. After participants have read and logged a certain amount within Readsquared they will be notified that they have won a prize. This year, the Gaffney Library will have a prize wheel that Listeners (ages 0-4), Children (Ages 5-12), and Teens (Ages 13-18) can spin. Participants will walk away with whatever prize the wheel lands on. There will be numerous prize opportunities as they progress through the reading program. The goal is to read at least 15 minutes a day.

Additionally, parents can pick up an activity sheet filled with fun opportunities for them to engage in with their babies and children. Once, you’ve completed an activity, be sure to bring it to the front desk to get a special hole punch. Anyone that finishes their entire activity sheet can turn it in for the chance to win a prize bag filled with library loot.

Be on the lookout for aliens in disguise at our free summer events. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories” and we will be taking you to galaxies far far away. The Gaffney Library will host Teen Events every Monday times may vary so be sure to checkout our events page on our website or Facebook page for a complete event and time listing. Our kickoff event will be Wednesday, June 5th from 1:00-3:30pm. Drop in for a chance to create a galaxy that will be featured in our storytime room all summer long. There will be Tween events for ages 8-12 every Thursday at 2:30pm. Storytimes will be held weekly on Wednesdays starting June 19th. We have two time slots this summer so drop in for our morning session at 10:30am or our afternoon session from 3:30-4:15pm.

We also have a number of special events going on this summer. Fly your space ships into the library on Tuesday, June 11th to play a Life Size Space Invaders game from 2:30-4:30pm. Prepare to be dazzled by The Magical Meteorologist Jack Roper on Wednesday, June 12th at 1:00pm at Gaffney and 2:30pm at Blacksburg. Bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe will be visiting the library to discuss her new book, The Summer Guests, on Tuesday, June 18th at 6:00pm. The first 100 attendees will receive a free copy of the book so be sure to arrive early. Our annual Read to the Dogs program will return on Wednesday, June 19th and July 17th at 3:30pm. Live animals from the South Carolina Aquarium Rovers will be here on Monday, July 15th at 10:30am at Gaffney and 2:30pm at Blacksburg. They’re traveling all the way from Charleston and they are as precious as ever so be sure to mark it on your calendar.

The Gaffney Library will also be showing the following movies this summer: Lego Movie 2/June 13th, Bumblebee/June 25th, Space Jam/July 2nd, E.T./July 9th, Zathura/July 30th. Mold your way into the library on Tuesday, July 16th anytime between 1:00 and 3:30pm to experience our Cosmic Playdough Play Day. Calling all Astronauts in training to moonwalk into the library for our Space Station Play Day on Tuesday, July 23rd from 1:00-3:30pm. These programs will be hands on and feature interactive playing opportunities. Don’t miss the Astronaut Training Finale on Friday, July 26th from 10:30am-12:00pm.

The Blacksburg Library will be hosting weekly storytimes on Wednesdays at 3:00pm all summer long (except for June 12th). Teens can make Lantern Globes on Thursday, June 6th, learn All About the Moon on June 20th, and create Galaxy Jars on July 18th at 3:30pm. Tweens can play Star Wars Trivia on Tuesday, June 11th, learn All About the Moon on June 25th, create a Solar Eclipse Mementos box on July 9th, create Shooting Stars on July 23rd at 3:30pm. The Blacksburg Library will be showing the following movies this summer: Guardians of the Galaxy/June 13th, Monsters Vs. Aliens/June 27th, Wall-E/July 11th, and Space Buddies/July 25th at 2:00pm.