Summer Reading

2015 Summer Reading Challenge At New Castle County Libraries

Readers of all ages are encouraged to be a hero this summer. The Summer Reading Challenge at your local NCC Library encourages heroes of all ages to discover new books, attend programs, and enjoy their community. The Summer Reading Challenge runs June 1 through August 15.

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Hero Flying With Book

2015 Theme is “Heroes”

  • Children’s Slogan – “Every Hero Has A Story” – Artwork by Jarrett Krosoczka, author/illustrator of the popular Lunch Lady children’s graphic novel series
  • Teen Slogan – “Unmask!” – Artwork by Hope Larson, illustrator of the graphic novels Mercury, and A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, among others
  • Adult Slogan – “Escape The Ordinary”

Summer Reading Programs Are Free, Fun And Promote Literacy!

Hero Flying With Book

Summer is the time and public libraries are the place for children to choose what they want to read and have fun all summer long. “Every Hero Has A Story” is designed to help children of all ages develop and maintain their literacy skills over the summer.

Purpose Of The Summer Reading Challenge:

  1. Encourage children to read a variety of materials for pleasure;
  2. Introduce children and families to a wide range of library services;
  3. Bridge the excitement of summer reading with the learning that takes place in the classroom throughout the school year.
Experts in the fields of child brain development and reading research agree that literacy skills develop early and are strengthened when children read during the summer months. For a compilation of the latest research on avoiding the summer slide and the importance of reading during the summer months visit the National Summer Learning Association.

New This Year!

Bam! Pow! Read!

The annual NCC Summer Reading Challenge is set and this year will be a little different.

You will notice that we have eliminated the weekly incentives. Children will still earn a free book by logging their first 10 hours read. We have also added additional free books for children as they continue to read. Finally, there are opportunities to earn additional raffle entries for the grand prizes awarded at the end of the program.

We’ve also added a hands-on activity portion in order to add a sense of discovery and element of fun to the program. Present your activity log each time you visit the library. Once you complete 25 activities, you will receive a certificate that proves you are a hero with a story to tell!

Duck Cartoon Characters Reading And Laughing

We have made these changes because we wanted to make the Summer Reading Challenge more about the program and less about the weekly incentives. We believe that when children read what they enjoy, they learn to love reading and become better readers. With this understanding we can all work together to effectively create life-long readers.



Blue Hen Award Logo

Blue Hen Awards - 2016

The Blue Hen Book Award is the children’s and teen choice award sponsored by the Youth Services Division of the Delaware Library Association.

Youth service librarians from across the state read, evaluate, and rate highly reviewed books; creating five nominees in each category: Younger, Middle, and Teen Readers.

From April 1st to October 31st, children and teens visit their public library to read the nominated books in their chosen category and cast their vote for their favorite title/author.

On February 1st of the following year, the winning authors/illustrators are announced to the public to coincide with Love Your Library Month.

For more information visit the Blue Hen Awards LibGuide at the Delaware Division Of Libraries.