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Bookmark this: How to join fun summer reading programs in Charleston

Book it to your local library — Charleston County Public Library, Dorchester County Library, and the Berkeley County Library System are all hosting summer reading programs.

Rows of shelves stacked with books at Charleston County Public Library's West Ashley branch.

So many books, so little time.

Photo via @chascolibrary

Thinking of things to do this summer with your kids, family, or friends? Well, you could all get on the same page — literally.

Public libraries across Charleston are stacked with summer reading programs, so book it to your neighborhood branch. Here are the CliffsNotes.

Charleston County Public Library

CCPL has partnered with Charleston County School District for Summer Reading 2024, underway through Wednesday, July 31.

Parents can sign their kids up via the Beanstack app, use it to log their reading, and earn small prizes along the way. Paper reading logs are also available at local branches.

Bonus: CCPL is hosting special Summer Reading 2024 events, performances, and activities at its branches throughout Charleston County.

Need a library card? Start here.

The red brick entrance to the Charleston County Library West Ashley branch, which was recently renovated.

The newly renovated West Ashley branch on Windermere Boulevard — maybe this is where you can start your summer reading?

Photo via @chascolibrary

Berkeley County Library System

BCLS’ Summer Reading Program runs through Wednesday, July 31.

Participants can register via the Beanstack app to track their completed activities, or pick up a paper log at local BCLS branches.

The program offers activities for kids, teens, and adults — everything from reading with a pet to reading a memoir or biography. Participants earn prizes for every 10, 20, or 30 activities completed.

Need a library card? Check this out.

The inside of the renovated West Ashley library, including a path between two shelves neatly stacked with books. There are bean bag chairs on the floor and the windows are painted with big, pretty, yellow sunflowers.

Bookworms, this is your summer.

Photo via @chascolibrary

Dorchester Public Library

DCL’s summer reading program runs through Wednesday, July 31.

Participants have two options to track their progress: register through the Beanstack app or download a game card; a paper card is also available at local branches.

For every day that they read or partake in activities like attending a library program, participants fill out a spot on their card. After 20 days of reading, they can earn a small prize and after 40 days, they can earn a free book.

Need a library card? Read this.

Epilogue: If you need reading inspiration, look for titles at a local bookstore or in our guide to local authors.