Build A Better World at Your Library This Summer!

Summer is rapidly approaching, and it brings with it hot weather, long days, vacations, and the inevitable cry of “There’s nothing to do!” Kids and teens can relieve their summer boredom with fun and exciting programs at all of the Alamance County Public Libraries.

The ACPL Summer Reading Program runs from June 11th through August 18th, with programs throughout these weeks. Each branch will be presenting exciting programs based around the summer reading theme “Build a Better World.” Participants will also receive a bag filled with an age appropriate book list, reading log, and a schedule of events among other things.

The Elementary Summer Reading Program, for rising kindergarten through 5th graders, features a wide variety of fun and exciting programs.  Graham Public Library invites you to fall down the rabbit hole on Friday, June 30th at 4 p.m. as they host Bright Star Touring Theater’s production of Alice in Wonderland. Audiences are sure to have fun as the adventures of Alice, the March Hare, and others are brought to life.  Grand structures will rise and fall at May Memorial Library on Tuesday, July 18th at 4 p.m. as they “Build a Better World with Construction and Destruction.” Participants will learn the science of construction through fun and exciting hands on experiments and activities.  On Wednesday, August 2nd at 3:30 P.M. at the Mebane Arts and Community Center, the Mebane Public Library will “Build a Better Web” with a performance of Anansi tales by Rags to Riches Theatre Group. This fun and interactive performance will delight audiences.  Go wild at North Park Library on Monday, August 14th at 6 p.m. as the North Carolina Zoo presents “Animal Structures.” Kids will learn about interesting and unusual animal habits and get to meet some of the animal architects in person. All Elementary Summer Reading programs are free and require no registration.

Teens can enjoy a variety of programs as well, including stress relieving coloring at Graham, terrarium building at May Memorial, drawing lessons at Mebane, and an Amazing Race inspired challenge at North Park. All Teen Summer Reading programs are free, but registration is requested for some programs, so make sure to check with your library for more information.

Throughout the summer, kids and teens can also participate in a reading incentive program presented in partnership with the Burlington Royals. By keeping track of the minutes they read, participants will be rewarded for every 90 minutes they read, up to 360 minutes. Prizes include a free book, a coupon for a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich, a ticket to the Burlington Royals’ Reader Appreciation Night, and a free backpack, which will be available at the Reader’s Appreciation Night on Wednesday, August 9th. All participants will be recognized during the game, and can enjoy fun activities prior to the start of the game.

Come build a better world at your library this summer! There is so much fun to be had!

Elizabeth Weislak is the Youth Services Coordinator for Alamance County Public Libraries. She may be reached at eweislak@alamancelibraries.org.