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It’s a block party & more

Ken Knox & Company, Nerve Cannon Thursday

Free concert in Downtown Concord
Free concert in Downtown Concord

Union Street Live in Downtown Concord is set for Thursday, July 16. It is part of the summer concert series held the third Thursday of each summer month.

Ken Knox & Company will be on the Main Stage is on Means Avenue next to the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, 65 Union Street, South. The free concert begins at 6 p.m.

Nerve Cannon plays on the North Stage is on Union Street in front of the public library at 27 Union Street, North. That concert begins at 7 p.m.

For more information about this event, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at (704) 784-4208.

CCM benefit garden tour and more events coming up

summer reading program

10 reasons to stay engaged in summer reading

…and heat is just one of them

CONCORD, N.C. – It’s easy to get lost in these dog days of summer, when the school year is just as far in the horizon as it is in the rear view mirror. Now that it’s mid-July, the Cabarrus County Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program is in full swing with a superhero-sized calendar of free events and programs for the entire family.

So far, more than 5,500 people have signed up for the program, which encourages summer reading and education through courses and events around a centralized theme. This year’s theme is superheroes.

Need a little motivation to get you through? Cabarrus County’s library staff sent in their top 10 reasons to stay engaged in summer reading. Here’s what they had to say.

It’s hot outside. A good book reads well in the air conditioning or poolside.

Chocolate. Yes, there is a program for adults on the health benefits of chocolate. There are several other classes that will help you escape the ordinary, like introductions to belly dancing and yoga.

No time? No problem. You don’t have to stop by the library—pick up your favorite titles as eBooks and eAudio. It all counts toward the summer reading challenge.

Order off the lite menu. Between your traditional books, the library can fill your need for lite titles, such as print and digital magazines, a selection from their NEW collection of digital graphic novels or even comic books.

Meet your personal heroes. Whether they are comic book artists, filmmakers, therapy dogs or our hometown heroes, special guests are a big part of the Summer Reading Program.

Fill your feed. Does your summer Facebook feed need a little boost? “Like” your way to coolest parent ever with tons of free events the family will love. Share pics from a “Peter Pan” performance at Stories under the Stars, the birds of prey event with the Raptor Center and the apocalyptic zombie game—your feed will not disappoint.

Become a little more interesting. Use the Summer Reading Program to pick up a new skill, like creating a podcast, upcycling books and magazines to create art and reviving the throwback craft of Perler Beads.

Avoid starting a school year trying to catch up. Reading, even just a little and just stuff you like, can keep your brain active and imagination in high gear. Students who don’t read over the summer spend about two months of the next school year trying to remember skills they forgot over the break.

Say it’s for the kids…but really use it as an excuse to check out the library for the first time in a decade—or maybe longer. The library’s staff can make personalized recommendations and show you the ropes, including how to navigate eResources so you can go another decade without visiting a building and still get free books.

Prizes, prizes, prizes! Everyone who participates in summer reading will walk away with a trinket and everyone who completes a reading log earns a free book. If you can’t wait that long, participate in one of the puzzle/brain teaser games, submit a book review or take a crack at the guessing jar—you could walk away with some great swag.

Participate in the Cabarrus County Summer Reading Program through August 15 at any branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library. The program is open to any Cabarrus County resident and divides participants into age groups with age-appropriate activities.

For more information on the Cabarrus County 2015 Summer Reading Program, including a downloadable calendar of free events, visit www.cabarruscounty.us/library.