More than 350 people visited the Mooresville Public Library on Saturday for the Summer Reading kickoff event. This was the 25th year that the library has sponsored the event.

The goal of the summer reading event is to promote summer reading. When students are out of school during the summer months, learning loss is all too common. However, reading over the summer helps to promote learning and minimize learning loss.

“We want to help prevent summer sliding in children,” said Megan Mosher, a library associate for adult services. “We also want to encourage the love for learning and reading in adults. We don’t want you to just read as a kid. We want you to learn and read throughout your entire life.”

The theme for this year’s Summer Reading kickoff event was a world fair. There were more than 15 booths set up that were based on countries including India, China, Israel and Germany. As participants visited each of the “countries”, they received a stamp in their passports. Completed passports could then be turned in at the front desk and entered into a raffle drawing for a $25 gift card. There were also magic shows as part of the kickoff event.

Students in grades K-12 also had the opportunity to register for the 2019 summer reading challenge, which is centered around the theme “A Universe of Stories”. The reading challenge event is sponsored by the State Library of North Carolina, located in Raleigh. Local town libraries have the option as to whether or not to participate.

At the conclusion of the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge at the beginning of August, whichever school in the Mooresville area that reads the most pages over the summer will win the right to display a trophy in their library for one year.

The 2019 summer reading challenge will also have a special competition for teenagers between the ages of 13-18.

“For every 300 pages that a teen reads, they can earn library bucks,” said Vanessa Campbell, teen librarian. “At the end of the summer, students can turn in their library bucks and participate in a silent auction for prizes.”

Registration for the 2019 summer reading challenge is still ongoing. Interested students may visit www.mooresvillelibrary.org or call 704-664-2927 for more information.

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