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Read across the County: Home

Brought to you by New Hanover County Public Library, New Hanover County's Office of Diversity and Equity, and the Friends of the New Hanover County Library, Read across the County aspires to bring people of different backgrounds and ages together for a community-wide summer of reading. Read across the County will run from June through August and offers citizens the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs and discussions tied to three books that illustrate the power of nature and relationships.

A survey will be provided for participants at the end of summer.

Selected Titles

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature and The Someday Birds are both available for immediate check out via Hoopla Digital.




Related Links

Live Bird Cams:  Audubon and Cornell 

Apps:  Audubon Bird Guide  



Audubon for kids:  


Upcoming Programs and Events

View all upcoming events here or by visiting and selecting Read across the County as the category. 

More events will be added throughout the summer!


Submission page:

Get inspired by New Hanover County's community read initiative and draw inspiration from one or more of our Read across the County titles. Submit your artwork here to be included in our virtual collection. 

Your artwork should depict themes related to our Read across the County titles. All media types are acceptable. Be creative, have fun, and make an impact with your art!

Prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Best book tie-in; Visual Arts, Best book tie-in; Written Arts, and Best representation of the Read across the County theme overall.

Related Resources

The NEST Project at Cameron Art Museum

ecoEXPLORE Discovery Packs


StoryWalk is a collaboration between New Hanover County Parks & Gardens, the Health Department, and the Library.

Walk along a trail and read a page at a time together with your family! For story details and locations click here.

The Explorer's Backpack Program

The Explorer’s Backpack involves elementary age children and their families in hands-on, discovery-oriented learning in the Native Plant Garden of the New Hanover County Arboretum. 

Airlie Gardens Public Programs

Includes Birding Mornings on the second Wednesday of each month at 8:00 AM, and nature discovery kits.

Nature: an NHCPL Lifelong Learning Kit

Park Rx 

Gale Course: Photographing Nature With Your Digital Camera

Creativebug: Yarn Birds


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