Local library system kicks off children's summer reading program

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - While school is out for summer, a local library system wants reading to be in.

The Sheppard Memorial Library in Greenville kicked off its summer reading program Wednesday.

Parents and kids were treated to magic shows as the program gets underway.

The program offers in-person reading activities throughout the summer for kids up to 12 years old.

There's also a read-at-home program for kids ages three through 12 that rewards them with four different prize levels as they reach more reading goals.

"We are really working on stopping what is often called the summer slide, so that children when they start back in the fall, they remember what they did back at the end of the school year," says Phyllis Conner, the children's librarian.

Summer reading programs are available at all of the library's locations.