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ADVENTURE IS HERE! Fight boredom and the dreaded Summer Slide and have a blast doing it by participating in the FREE Wilkes County Public Library Summer Reading Program! Reading helps build imagination, literacy skills, and stronger analytical thinking skills. It also helps improve your memory, writing skills, mood, and focus. Reading is magic!

This summer, the Wilkes County Public Library is offering Summer Reading for kids ages 2-18. But wait! Adults are more than welcome to sign up upstairs at the Reference Desk for our Adult Summer Reading Program! 




Registration starts Saturday, June 1. Registration will end Wednesday, July 31. All reading logs must be turned in and all prizes claimed by August 16.

In order to earn prizes, you need to be registered. You can stop by Wilkes County Public Library or Traphill Branch to sign up!

Library staff will provide you with a paper reading log, and you can get started reading and earning prizes immediately! If you would like to use the READsquared program online to record your minutes, we can get you started with it, too!

*There will be no READsquared Adult Summer Reading Program this year. To sign up for the WCPL Adult Summer Reading Program, visit the Reference Desk on our upper level!

How do I earn prizes?

This depends on the Reading Program you signed up for!

Reading Programs are divided by ages:

Ages 2-4: Our littlest Summer Readers will sign up for the Preschool Summer Reading Program! These readers will track the number of books they read or that are read to them. For every 25 books read, they can get a book or a rubber duck! (Prize limit: 100 books each month)

Ages 4-11: Readers in this age group will sign up for the Kids Summer Reading Program! These readers will track the number of minutes they read or are read to. Prizes for this age are determined by the prize tier list below:

  • 100 minutes: Adventure Sticker/Button
  • 200 minutes: Adventure Sticker/Button
  • 300 minutes: Prize
  • 400 minutes: Book
  • 500 minutes: Prize
  • 600 minutes: Book
  • 700 minutes: Prize
  • 800 minutes: Book
  • 900 minutes: Prize
  • 1000 minutes: Book

(Prize limit: 2000 minutes each month, or 2 book logs per June and July.)

Ages 11-18: Tweens and teens will sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program! These readers will track how many days they read for at least 30 minutes. For every 7 days they read for at least 30 minutes, teen readers will get a book. But that's not all! Every day they read earns a point to be spent on our BIG PRIZES at the end of June and July!

You will also be able to earn prizes by participating in weekly scavenger hunts around the library, geocaching around our community parks, and completing other activities we will have available in the Children's Library all summer long! We want you to read this summer, but we also want you to go on adventures outside!

Don't forget that participating in the Summer Reading Program helps the library! This is an important number that we show to our local and state politicians when they ask what we did over the summer. We appreciate all our community does to help us out!

There's another added bonus to participating in our Summer Reading Program: any books read for our program also count towards other programs! This will come in handy for the older kids when they go back to school in the fall and they need to take Reading Counts quizzes (or similar). Any books that you read for this program, you can also count on other reading programs, such as the App State Summer Reading Program.

Participants need to stop by the library to pick up their prizes. If you are using a paper tracker, please bring that with you. If you are using READsquared, we get a list of who gets prizes. You are welcome to pick up one prize at a time or you can wait and leave with a load of treasures!


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Our Summer Reading Kickoff event is on June 7 from 12-3PM at the Community Commons Park. All other events and programs will begin June 10.

All of our programs are ABSOLUTELY FREE! You do not need to have a library card to participate in the Summer Reading Program or to come to any of our programs! However, if you're going to be at the library for a program, it's a great opportunity to go by the Circulation desk and sign up for our FREE library card!

Please check and double check when and where a program is to occur.

Some programs require registration. To register for a program, you can call 336-838-2818, ext. 231, email [email protected], or stop by the Youth Services desk at the library. If you register for a program, please show up for the program or call to let us know you cannot make it. We have limited space for certain programs and we typically have families on waiting lists who would love to come to a program if space opens up.

Some of our programs will be held outdoors at a variety of locations. Due to the outdoor locations, we will be at the mercy of the elements, so please come prepared! If any of these have to be cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be announced on our Facebook page. Please check there for updates or call the library at 336-838-2818, ext. 231.

Don't forget to check out all the great programs being offered at the Traphill Branch Library this summer, too! 

 For more information on our 2024 Summer Reading Program or the Traphill Branch Summer Reading Program, follow the link to our Facebook or check out our Summer Flyers below! We've got Family Programs, Toddler & Preschool Story Time, as well as programs for 4-10 years old and 11-18 years old!


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And don't forget our Imagination Cafe program! Ages 1-18 can join us from 11AM-12PM Mondays-Fridays for a FREE meal provided by the local school system and local restaurants! Programs after the meal are geared towards ages 4-10, but all children are welcome to join us!

Market Bucks will be handed out every Tuesday. Children MUST be in the room to eat and to receive Market Bucks.






StoryWalks take the joy of reading outdoors!  Experience a story as you take a stroll or explore a park.  Story boards also contain literacy tips for caregivers.  See a story walk in action at Smoot Park in North WIlkesboro, the Fish Dam Creek Park across the dam from the Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir Visitor Center, and in downtown North Wilkesboro. Learn more by clicking here.

StoryWalks can also be found at various locations in Watauga and Ashe Counties.

NC Kids Digital Library

The NC Kids Digital Library is now available to all library card holders in North Carolina.

Select Appalachian Regional Library and sign in with your library card to get access to:

    • more than 19,800 eBooks, 5,200 audiobooks, and 1,100 streaming videos
    • 1,600+ titles available at any time with no wait list

All titles are available at NCKids or on the Libby app on all major computers and devices, including iOS®, Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle® (U.S. only).

Plus, Wilkes County Schools students can use their StudentAccess cards to log in to the NC Kids Digital Library!

Reference Assistance & Readers' Advisory

We are offering one-on-one assistance and we would love to help out over the phone. Please call (336) 838-2818 for more information.

Book a Librarian

We are offering our one-on-one assistance and we would love to help out over the phone or in person. Please call (336) 838-2818 for more information.


Computers are currently available in the Rose Herring Children's Library. There are computers available for use upstairs also.  Please call (336)838-2818 for more information.

StudentAccess Cards

Using their StudentAccess cards, Wilkes County Schools students may check out up to 10 books or audiobooks from the library.  Titles are checked out for three weeks and can be renewed.  Late fees are not charged on Student Access accounts, but you are responsible for lost or damaged books.

Students also have access to Overdrive, NCKids, and NCLive using their student ID (lunch) numbers.

Check out our StudentAccess page for more information.

Library Tours and Special Programs

Contact the Youth Services staff at 336-838-2818 ext 231 to schedule a tour for your group. We have resumed some of our special programs. Check out our Facebook page or our online calendar to learn more.


  • Need homework help? Check out the LearningExpress Library for help with math, English, test prep, and more!
  • Does your child need to research a topic? Check out NCLive for resources from scholarly articles and biographies to how-to videos and local e-books.
  • Notable Children's Digital Media lists real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content for children 14 years of age and younger that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while informing, educating, and entertaining in exemplary ways.
  • Want to know what is available in Wilkes County for you and your children? Check out this list of resources here if you find yourself in need of help for your family.