The Lincoln County Public Library will kick off its annual summer reading programs for children and teens on Tuesday night.
During the Opening Night Family Program, which will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton, children and teens will have the chance to sign up for the programs while enjoying food, music, games and entertainment.
“We are really excited about the program this year as it’s the first year Lincoln County has had its own summer reading program,” Library Director Jennifer Sackett said.
Effective July 1, the Lincoln County library system will officially separate from the regional system with Gaston County.
The programs this year include “Dream Big — Read!” for rising first- through fifth-graders and “Own the Night” for rising sixth- through 12th-graders.
Various activities and events are scheduled throughout the summer season at the Charles R. Jonas Library, the West Lincoln Branch Library and the Shanklin Branch Library.
Additionally, program participants who complete 12 to 14 hours of reading will be the guests of the Hickory Crawdads at their home game on Aug. 1 at 6:15 p.m.
Not only will they receive a free ticket, but they will also participate in a special parade prior to the game to recognize them for their reading success.
“We have some great sponsors and partners, including Duke’s mayonnaise, Fatz Cafe and the Hickory Crawdads,” Sackett noted.
For more information, call (704) 735-8044.