While summer is a time for fun and relaxation, for some children in Moore County it can also mean fewer meals and limited access to learning enrichment programs. These months away from school can lead to setbacks in learning that compromises the progress made during the academic year. Inspired by the vision that all children in the county will have access to quality summer learning activities, in 2017 the Southern Pines Public Library, Moore County Library and Given Memorial Library collaborated and started the Reading Feeding Frenzy Program. This program has moved the focus out of brick and mortar libraries and into the neighborhoods that they serve – especially those with high concentrations of lower income families, where transportation is often a barrier.
On Fridays during the summer, children who come for Reading Feeding Frenzy spend an hour reading together, singing songs, trying out science experiments, creating craft items, and practicing drawing and writing skills. They enjoy lunch during the session, and take home a book each week to read on their own or with a family member.