Summer Reading Program 2015

So, what are you doing this summer? I hope your summer plans include visits to your library. Our library staff has planned a variety of fun and informative events for kids, teens, adults and families.

Are your school-aged children singing the, “I’m bored” chorus yet? ACPL is coming to the rescue with “Every Hero Has a Story,” our six-week summer reading program for kids 5-12.

Programs at May Memorial, Graham, Mebane and North Park libraries will explore themes such as “Hometown Heroes,” “Animal Heroes,” “Unlikely Heroes,” and “Villains and Tricksters.” Programs feature stories, crafts, games, music and activities guaranteed to keep your kids’ minds active this summer. For specific program dates and times, call your library or visit our website, www.alamancelibraries.org.

Rising second and third graders will have the opportunity to keep their reading skills in peak condition this summer with free group reading help sessions presented by Sylvan Learning Center. Sessions are available at May Memorial, Graham, Mebane and North Park libraries, and registration is required. For more information or to register, please call your library. Sessions begin this week, so call today to reserve your child’s space!

Families can get active together this summer with “Movin’ and Grooving” at Graham Public Library. All ages are welcome to join us on Tuesday mornings at 10:30, as we rock our way to fitness with YMCA fitness instructor, Christy Fox.

Teens can “Unmask” a great summer at their library. Weekly programs for rising 6th-12th graders at May Memorial, Graham, and Mebane libraries will include crafts, hands-on STEAM activities, movies, games, snacks and more! Call your library or visit our website for specific program dates and times.

In addition, May Memorial Library has two special, after-hours events planned. Teens can unleash their inner hero or villain at the Superhero Ball on Friday evening, June 26 at 7:00. Join us for music, snacks, a costume contest, a photo booth, and more!

On Friday evening, July 31 at 7:00, teens will turn their eyes to the stars at our Meteor Man Star Gazing Party. We will spend an evening in the courtyard at May Memorial Library gazing at the heavens with a telescope and learning about the heroes in the stars. If we’re lucky, we’ll spot shooting stars from the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower! Call 336-229-3588 for more information on these events.

Of course, no summer would be complete without our annual Murder Mystery Night. Adults, dust off your detective caps and polish your magnifying glasses as you prepare to unravel a “super-sized” mystery.

This year’s event, “With Great Murder Comes Great Mystery,” is planned for 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25, at May Memorial Library. Free tickets will be available at all of our libraries beginning Monday, June 29 at 9:00 a.m. Space is limited, and the tickets go quickly, so call or stop by early to reserve yours!

If temperatures this week are any indication, summer has officially arrived! Let ACPL help you make the most of those glorious summer weeks ahead. See you at the library!

Heather Holley-Hall is Alamance County Public Libraries’ Associate Director of Operations. She may be reached at 336-570-6730 or hhhall@alamancelibraries.org