As summer heats up, it’s time to cool down at your local library. With everything from your next book for the pool side to activities for your kids, your local library can be an inexpensive summer resource for the whole family.

The heart of libraries are books, and while you can still check out books in their traditional format, you can also download many books in text or audio formats. Listening to books while traveling can make car trips more enjoyable!

Libraries also offer a range of programs for all ages: summer reading programs, meet the author events, community information meetings, book groups, children’s programs, used book sales & more. Some libraries also provide quiet rooms that you can reserve ahead of time for group meetings.

With so many people & activities, your local library is a true expression of community. To help you get started, here’s a list of local library websites. Happy Reading!

Chapel Hill Public Library

Chatham County Public Library

Durham County Public Library

Orange County Public Library