Summer Reading Program

Libraries Rock
Let's work together to reach our goal to read 15,757 hours this summer – one hour for each person who participated in last year’s programs!
Register: online or at any library location
Read: whatever you want
Record: pick up your log when you register
Repeat: all summer long!
Logs must be returned by Aug 25 to be counted for our summer total.

Reading Logs

Need a new reading log? Print one here!  Ages 0-5  -  Grades K-5  -  Grades 6-8
Adults & Teens earn an entry for our Kindle drawing with each book read! Fill one out at your nearest branch.

Libraries Rock!

Weekly Summer Reading Program attendance is based on the child's last grade completed and counts as 60 minutes of reading time on the Summer Reading lo
g. These events run from June 18 to August 11. All Summer Reading logs must be turned in by August 25 to be counted towards the total hours read.

Ages 3-6

Splash & Play: Come cool off with some outdoor water sensory play and activities! Jun 22; 10:30am
All A-board! Create a cardboard train car and then pull into the roundhouse for a movie and snack! Jul 20; 10:30am
Rock & Roll: Make your own instruments, play some music, and dance the summer away! Aug 3; 10:30am

Smartplay at the Kiddie Café, May 30 & 31, Jun 6 & 7; 10:30am
Music and Movement! Every Fri; 10am

Grades K-5

Jacksonville: Every Tue; 2pm
Richlands: Art Extravaganza! Drop in every Tue; 11am-3pm; STEAM Academy, Every Fri; 2pm
Sneads Ferry: Every Wed; 10am
Swansboro: Every Tue; 2 pm


Grades 6-8

Jacksonville: Every Thu; 2pm
Richlands: Every Wed; 2pm
Sneads Ferry:  Every Wed; 11:30am
Swansboro: Every Wed; 2 pm

Family Feature

Richlands: Jun 21 (Debbie’s Angels), Jul 5 (Onslow Museum Fossils and Rocks), Jul 12 (Debbie’s Angels), Jul 19 (Academy Ballroom), Aug 2 (Beeswax and Candlemaking); 2pm


Get a head start on your summer volunteer hours with two special programs in Jacksonville: we need car washers for a fundraiser in July, and tutors for kids in grades 1-5 for July and August. Please call 910.455.7350 for more details. 

Teen Scene

Grab a friend and join us for fun, games, music, movies, and food at the library! 
Richlands: Every Wed; 2pm Sponsored by Pizza Hut of Richlands
Swansboro: Every Thu; 5:30pm Sponsored by Swansboro Pizza Hut

Teen Summer Matinee

Join us for a screening of a recent favorite. Rated PG13.
Jacksonville: Jul 11; 3pm

Teen Lock-In

Get ready to have a blast for National Teen Lock-in. Get some friends and join us for food, games, and friendly competition between the branches!
Jacksonville & Swansboro: Jul 27; 7-11pm


Board Games at the Library

Play popular, modern board games at the Library. Whether you’re experienced or new, join us to explore games of strategy in a relaxed setting. 
Jacksonville: Jun 12 and 26, Jul 10 and 24, Aug 14 and 28; 6-8pm

Adult Book Clubs

Join us each month for a discussion about a different book. 
Jacksonville: 1pm
Jun 26: Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance by Lloyd Jones
Jul 24: The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Aug 28: A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage by Marly Youmans
Sponsored by the Jacksonville Friends of the Library

Richlands: 5:30pm
Jun 7: Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Jul 5: The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
Aug 2: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Sneads Ferry: 1pm
Jun 15: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Jul 20: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Aug 17: America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and L. Kamoie
Sponsored by the Sneads Ferry Friends of the Library


Mix and mingle at the White Oak Bistro in Swansboro, socialize with book talks and food for thought. 
White Oak Bistro, 206 W Corbett Ave, Swansboro: 11:30am
Jun 12: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Jul 10: Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
Aug 7: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See