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Children will find out why Libraries Rock! at this year’s Summer Reading Program.
Wilson County Public Library will offer programs for children at all six locations and for teens at the main library on Nash Street as well as the branches in Lucama and Elm City. The programs, with a Libraries Rock! theme, create a bridge to combat the summer slide many children can experience when they are out of school.
Libraries Rock will kick off at 7 p.m. on June 11 at the main library. Take your best strutting costumes and instruments, as participants parade with the Bulltown Strutters, Durham’s New Orleans-style marching band. The program is made possible through a donation from the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library.
On the evening of June 18, The ScienceTellers present the “Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano.”
Each Monday will feature a musical guest, while Tuesdays will offer a STEM program.
The summer events wrap up at the main library on July 23 with a family event performance by Kaira Ba. This band features the Senegalese griot, Diali Cissokho. The finale is funded in memory of Paul Mcrae Kushner and by the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library.
The goals of the Summer Reading Program are to encourage and motivate children and their families to read for pleasure, to help school-age children maintain their reading skills during the break from school, to introduce people to the resources at the library, to collect reading data for the N.C. State Library and to attract new customers to the library.
The programs are at 7 p.m. at the main library.
Monday, June 11: Libraries Rock! kickoff with the Bulltown Strutters
Tuesday, June 12.: Kazoo it Up! Learn about the science of vibration and make a kazoo. Families with children ages 3 and older are invited.
Monday, June 18: Mystery of the Golden Piano with the Science-Tellers. Families with children ages 3 and older are invited. No registration required.
Tuesday, June 19: Code N Go. Use several fun tools to explore scratch coding. Families with children ages 5-12 invited.
Monday, June 25: Zumba Kids summer salsa. Families with children ages 3 and older are invited.
Tuesday, June 26: Enjoy Lego building fun. Families with children ages 3 and older invited.
Monday, July 2: Whirligig University Band Ukulele Sing Along. Families with children ages 3 and older invited.
Monday, July 9: Instrument Petting Zoo. Families with children ages 3 and older invited.
Tuesday, July 10: Explore flight with paper airplanes. Families with children ages 3 and older invited.
Monday, July 16: Hip Hop: The Art of Storytelling with Brandon Johnson. Families with children ages 3 and older.
Tuesday, July 17: Bridge Building with Keva planks. Families with children ages 3 and older invited.
Monday, July 23: For the Summer Reading Program finale enjoy the musical stylings of Kaira Ba, a West African fusion band. This is a Paul McRae Kushner memorial program. All ages invited.
Summer Program at Branches
Black Creek Library: Mondays at 3 p.m. on June 11, 18, 25 and July 9, 16, 23
East Library: Wednesdays at 3 p.m. on June 13, 20, 27 and July 11, 18, 25
Elm City Library: Tuesdays at 3 p.m. on June 12, 19, 26 and July 10, 17, 24
Lucama Library: Tuesdays at 4 p.m. on June 12, 19, 26 and July 10, 17, 24. Lapsit for ages 0-4 is June 13, 20, 27 and July 11, 18 and 25.
Stantonsburg Library: Thursdays at 3 p.m. on June 14, 21, 28 and July 12, 19, 26
Teens at Branches
Elm City Library: Thursdays at 4 p.m. on June 14, 21, 28 and July 12, 19, 26
Lucama Library: Thursdays at 4 a.m. on June 14, 21, 28 and July 12, 19, 26
Lapsit at the main library continues every Wednesday and Thursday starting at 9:30 a.m. for ages 0-2. Preschool story time is on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for ages 3-5. Family story time is on Saturdays at 3 p.m.
Friday morning family movies are also planned this summer. Enjoy a free movie as well as free popcorn and lemonade or take your own snack.
Groups are welcome, but arrange a visit in advance by calling Genevieve Baillie at 252-237-5355 ext 5050. Movies are at 10 a.m. on Fridays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 6, 13, 20, 27.
Teens at Main
Events from 4 to 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All programs will take place in the main library assembly room.
Tuesday, June 5: 6 to 7:30 p.m. You’ve Graduated. Now What?: Job Seeking Skills for Teens
Thursday, June 14: Craft-A-Pult
Thursday, June 21: Bee Bot Battle
Thursday, June 28: Ozobot Overrun
Thursday, July 12: K’nex Konnections
Thursday, July 19: Legendary Lego
Thursdays, July 26: Little Bits of Electronics
Saturday teen matinees are June 9 and July 7, 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the main library assembly room. Popcorn and drinks will be served. Teens ages 13-18 welcome.
Adult Summer Reading Programs at Main
This year, there will be a summer reading program for adults with a series of music-related programs.
Tuesday, June 12: Tar River String Quartet at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, June 19: Movie night at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 23: Stress-reducing activities with a background of relaxing music from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 26: New Vester Praise Ensemble at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10: Read a book with a music theme and share your thoughts at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 14: Family Fireside Sing Along at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 17: Birdsong Painting Party from 2 to 6 p.m. Registration required. Call Genevieve Baillie at 252-237-5355, ext. 5050 to register.
Monday, July 23: Hear Kaira Ba, a West African fusion band at 7 p.m.
The Bookmobile will be making stops all summer.
Tuesday, June 19: Saratoga, on East Main Street across from Premier Auto Body, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, June 20: Rock Ridge, on Rock Ridge School Road across from the school, 3 to 4 p.m.. and Sims 4:15 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10: Saratoga 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11: Rock Ridge 3 to 4 p.m. and Sims 4:15 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 31: Saratoga 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 1: Rock Ridge 3 to 4 p.m. and Sims 4:15 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 21: Saratoga 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 22: Rock Ridge 3 to 4 p.m. and and Sims 4:15 to 5 p.m.
The Bookmobile is at Farmers and Artisan Market at Whirligig Park on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library also provides crafts for the kids.