COUNTY LIBRARIES ANNOUNCES ITS SUMMER READING PROGRAM AND BROADWAY BRANCH OPENING

LEE COUNTY NC – June 15th, 2022 ─ Lee County Libraries is thrilled to announce two very special updates for the community this month.

The first is the offering of the 2022 themed Summer Reading Program “Oceans of Possibilities”, which kicked off on Monday, June 13th, 2022 and will continue through Saturday, August 20th, 2022. The second announcement is the reopening of the Broadway Branch as of Friday, June 10th, 2022.

The Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage people of all ages to get reading this summer. Participants can record reading minutes and earn prizes all summer long!

Interested individuals can sign up to track their reading using the READsquared app or by going to the website: https://leecountylibrary.readsquared.com. Then, stop by the library to pick up the registration goodie bag, and return throughout the summer to redeem reading level prizes and participate in our amazing in-person programs!

“The Library’s Summer Reading program is one of our top programs that is looked forward to by Lee County community members of all ages,” said Beth List, Director of Library Services.  “The library is dedicated to bridging the gap between the school years, and also encourages adults to set the example by showing that reading is not only educational, but a really engaging and entertaining way to spend your free time.”

Along with several in-person programs, the library will be offering Page Turner Adventures again this year, sponsored by the Lee County Libraries Friends of the Library Group. Page Turner Adventure videos are geared towards children in grades K-3and includes comedy shows, crafts, recipes, children’s book author interviews, guest performers, contests, games, and much more.

The Emmy-Award Winning team of Jill Nadler and Kenny Mikey bring summer reading to the ocean floor. Viewers are transformed into “Storyologists” on an interactive quest to discover the Lost Library of Atlantis. Along the way, they explore Coral Reefs, The Bermuda Triangle, Arctic Waters, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Filled with fascinating facts and fabulous fiction, this Four-Part Adventure is designed to educate kids about our oceans while inspiring them to read books AND visit the library. Patrons have access to this exciting virtual Summer Reading Program through the READsquared app and website.

Also exciting news for this month, the reopening of the Broadway Branch located at 206 S. Main Street in Broadway. During the month of June, the Broadway Branch will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 PM – 4 PM. After the July 4th holiday, the library anticipates additional hours and being fully open the 25 hours a week by September 2022. Details will be announced soon.

“We are very grateful to the Broadway community for their patience and understanding while their branch was closed for COVID-19 and staffing issues,” said List. “It was a silver lining situation as we were able to take the time to update the branch with fresh paint, a fresh floorplan, and a refresh of materials. We really think the community will love what we have done so far!”

The branch was closed in March 2020 for COVID-19 and remained closed due to pandemic restrictions and staffing needs. During the closure, the branch went through a facelift, refreshment of the collection and an updated floor plan. There are more updates to come; however, library services are now available at the branch, including check in/out, material holds, public computer use (including printing/copying), reference needs, and participation in the Summer Reading program for all ages.

For additional information about Summer Reading or the Broadway Library reopening, call the Lee County Libraries at (919) 718-4665 or email library@leecountync.gov; media questions may be directed to Hailey Hall with Lee County Government at (919) 718-4605 ext. 5521 or hhall@leecountync.gov.

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