The Summer Blast Comes to Chapel Hill Public Library

Post Date:06/05/2017 10:40 AM

Chapel Hill Public Library (CHPL) continues to grow its summer season, now called the Summer Blast. The community is invited to celebrate at the fourth annual Summer Kickoff Party at 100 Library Drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 9.

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages people of all ages to read at least 20 hours. Participants will get their own CHPL sunglasses when they sign up, coupons for treats and fun activities around town after 10 hours, and a CHPL string bag when they complete the challenge. This familiar and fundamental program ensures that even when schools close for the season, young minds continue to grow and longtime readers continue to explore the joys of reading.

Karin Michel, Youth and Family Experiences Manager at CHPL, says benefit of participation goes beyond prizes. “Studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents the dreaded ‘summer slide,’ which is when kids lose knowledge they gained in the school year.” She adds, “We want to support and encourage recreational reading in the summer months because it has a significant and positive impact on student performance in school.”

Summer Blast also includes 10 weeks of story times, book clubs, and special performances and activities, including Grey Seal Puppets, Rags to Riches Theatre, and free movie showings.

Summer Blast kicks off with a party on Friday, June 9 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Library. There will be special demonstrations and activities, food trucks, interactive booths and games. Anyone who brings a blank t-shirt can screen print their own summer reading souvenir.

Families are encouraged to carpool, bike, or walk to the event. Chapel Hill Transit will run a shuttle from Phillips Middle School to the library every 15 minutes, and overflow parking will be in the FastMed parking lot on Estes Drive.

This celebration, and the entire Summer Blast, is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library. More details about programs and activities are available at

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