Clayton Library Launches Summer Reading Program

CLAYTON – The Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library in Clayton is gearing up to launch this year’s Summer Reading Program, themed “Tails and Tales.”

Library staff members have eagerly anticipated the return to in-person programming for more than year, and the Summer Reading Program (SRP) event calendar does not disappoint.

The program runs from June 12 through July 23 and will include more than 20 unique events, including feature presentations by the Piedmont Wildlife Center, NC Arboretum, North Carolina Symphony, Carolina Youth Theatre, and Carolina Tiger Rescue.

“Our librarians are ready to welcome readers of all ages – kids, teens, and adults – and create a fun, engaging, and educational community experience,” said Library Director Joy Garretson.

According to Grace Davis, who stepped into the role of Children’s Librarian in February, she is overjoyed to finally meet Clayton’s readers and their families.

“I have been hard at work creating over 14 different animal-themed events and programs for our Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program,” said Davis. “This program aims to build a community of readers and instill a love of reading from birth through adulthood. I encourage everyone in Clayton to join us as we read, explore, and learn together through books, events, and activities this summer.”

Library users can sign up for the program via the ReadSquared app, which can be accessed at The app allows readers to register and earn points toward incentives for logging time spent reading, attending special events, and completing activities or challenges.

Children in grades K-5 who register for the summer reading program can visit the library and receive a free book made possible by funds from the Friends of the Library

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