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Best Summer Reading Events For Kids In Charlotte

May 31, 2013 8:00 AM

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Summer means pool-side fun, beach trips, the smell of barbequed chicken on the grill and picnics. Although the outdoors becomes the classroom during the summer, don’t abandon all literary activities. Keep the kids reading and they will be fresh and ready to learn as a new school year approaches. Here are a few summer reading events in the Charlotte area.
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Garden in Charlotte (Credit, Catherine Lash)

Wing Haven Gardens And Bird Sanctuary
248 Ridgewood Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 331-0664
www.winghavengardens.comDates:
Breakfast With The Birds June 4- 5 at 10 a.m.
Camp Wing Haven, June 10-13 from 9:30 a.m. to noon for rising 1st and 2nd graders
Camp Wing Haven, June 17-20 from 9:30 a.m to noon for rising 2nd and 3rd graders

Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary is like a secret world of beauty and learning for all ages. It features three acres of plants, narrow paths, fountains, woodlands, birds, brick structures and more. Created a generation ago by two friends, Elizabeth Lawrence and Elizabeth Clarkson, this nonprofit offers many reading activities for kids. Breakfast With The Birds is offered twice in June. Enjoy eating breakfast in such a magical location while learning about birds and plants. Camp Wing Haven is offered for first to third graders. It involves story time, planting vegetables and flowers, exploring the gardens, crafts and learning about the wildlife. These camps are based on two books written by Lawrence and can be purchased in the Clarkson house. The garden has also developed a language arts curriculum, including a reading unit, exploring animals and plants.

Heroes Convention
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 375-7462
www.heroesonline.comDate: June 7-9, Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.A Captain America comic book is a sure fire way to get a young boy reading! The comic book store Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find sponsors this hugely popular event at the convention center. It attracts writers, artists, publishers, families and comic enthusiasts nationwide. Some popular guest appearances will include Batman and Superman Adventures author Rick Burchett and Mark Bagley of Fantastic Four and Captain America. The event includes workshops, an art auction and improvisational drawings by artists. Bring some cash for purchases and you’ll have the kids reading throughout the summer.

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Matthews Library (Credit= Catherine Lash)

Matthews – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 416-5000
www.cmlibrary.orgWhen: June 11 through August 9

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg library system offers an endless array of summer reading activities, varying among each branch. Wee Read includes activities for birth to 4 years old. Wednesday activities for children ages 5-11 include the following:

  • June 19 at 3 p.m. – Local storyteller Beth Hutchison
  • June 26 at 3 p.m. – dancer Christina Lohry with fairytale dances and readings
  • July 3 at 3 p.m. – Carolina Raptor Center
  • July 10 at 3 p.m. – Mad Science
  • July 23 at 3 p.m. – Reedy Creek Nature Center

Check the website for activities at the 19 other branches. The Matthews branch participates in the Paws to Read program. Children read aloud to a volunteer therapy dog, calming both the student and the dog. These activities will assist parents and families by providing literary and educational success in the lives of kids!

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HINTS Book Fair
Christ Covenant Church
800 Fullwood Lane
Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 847-3505
www.hintsonline.orgWhen: Friday, July 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.H.I.N.T.S. is an acronym for Home Instructors Need Support! The southeast Charlotte support group provides learning opportunities, field trips, newsletter, girl scouts, a teen learning center, standardized testing and much more. This will be the 21st annual book fair event. It is always wonderfully attended by all ages, including grandparents. Use this as an opportunity to allow the kids to select summer reading material and activities. Parents will find summer bridge activity books, as well. Vendors will include Brain Balance, College Prep Genius, Institute for Excellence in Writing, Teaching Textbooks, Bob Jones University Press, Apologia and Write Shop.

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Homeschool Room (Credit, Catherine Lash)

Homeschool Room
2920 Old Monroe Rd.
Suite B
Matthews, NC 28104
(704) 821-2662
www.thehomeschoolroom.netHours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Homeschool Room is a consignment book store in southeast Charlotte. They offer oodles of books to educators, parents and kids for budget-friendly pocketbooks. Parents will find help in offering reading instruction to the kids over the summer. The staff will assist in selecting books for particular ages. Find books for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school system’s Battle of the Books summer reading program! During the school year they offer workshops, standardized testing, enrichment classes for kids and more.

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Catherine Lash engagingly connects with people. She has learned that interested listening and thoughtful questioning are the means through which collaboration creates a story. She grew up traveling the world and learning military life in an Air Force family of seven. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three kids. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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