Summer Blast 2023

Summer Blast has something in store for ages galore—from concerts and movie screenings to our summer reading program with free books and prizes.

Ready to read?

Beginning June 1st, read 5 books, fill in your reading log, and get a chance to win awesome prizes from local businesses!

  • Our summer reading program is open to anyone!  Kids, teens, and adults can all get in on the fun—you don’t even need a library account.
  • Register at the library or online starting June 1.  Pick up a reading log onsite or download one from our website.
  • You get to choose a free book when you register, and your name will be added to our window display.
  • Keep track of your reading in the log. It only takes five books to fill the log this year.
  • When you finish, come see us to get your log stamped and receive a sweet sticker pack. You'll also be entered into a raffle for some awesome prizes from local businesses and restaurants. 
  • Want to keep reading? Great! Pick up a bookmark to keep going. You will receive another entry into the raffle each time you read five more books.
  • Read whatever you like! If you need recommendations, you can always ask a librarian, explore our book lists, or fill out a You Might Like Form.
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There's more to Summer Blast than books— be sure to join us at our Summer Blast events! Click here to download our monthly youth programming calendar, and here to view our full calendar of upcoming events.

Participants will receive email updates about Summer Blast news and events, so you won't miss a thing during this jam-packed summer of fun at the library.

Family Fun Fridays

Bring your blankets and chairs, and join us in front of the library for live music, yard games, food trucks, and fun for the whole family.

6 - 8 pm | June 9 | July 14 | August 11


Family Movie Matinees

Need to escape the heat? Bring your snacks and blankets and join us throughout the summer for movie screenings at the library.

Fridays at 2 PM in Meeting Room B from June 15-August 18

Summer Blast Adult Programming

Summer Blast isn't just for kids! We have three special Summer Blast events for adults this year. Join us to find your next beach read at book speed dating in June, then put your knowledge to the test at Around the World(s) Book Bar trivia in July, and relax at Recycled Book Craft night in August. Each time you attend a Summer Blast program for adults, you'll earn an extra entry in the Summer Blast raffle!

Family Fun Fridays

Live music, food trucks, and fun.

June 10 | July 8 | August 12
6 - 8 pm
Keep up with all of the summer fun by signing up for our email newsletter. Click here to view our full events calendar.


Reading Recommendations

Discover and explore all kinds of books with expert recommendations from friendly neighborhood librarians.

A huge thank you to these local businesses for supporting our Summer Blast raffle.

  • Brandwein's Bagels
  • Great Outdoor Provisions Co.
  • The Carolina Inn
  • Clean Juice
  • The Casual Pint
  • The Durham Bulls
  • Kipos
  • Town of Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation
  • Chelsea Theatre
  • Golden Fig Books
  • Jersey Mike's
  • North Carolina Botanical Garden
  • Kidzu Children's Museum
  • Carolina Performing Arts
  • Flyleaf Books
  • Trader Joe's
  • Carrboro Farmer's Market
  • Tea Hill
  • Carrburitos
  • Glazed Expectations
  • B3 Coffee
  • Al's Burger Shack
  • Friends Online Book Store
  • Shake Shack

Summer Reading is made possible by the generous support
of the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library.

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