Come See Why Libraries Rock This Summer!

Summer Reading 2018, Libraries Rock!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 Alamance County Public Libraries’ Summer Reading Program begins June 10th and lasts through Aug. 10 with programs throughout these weeks. Each branch will be presenting exciting programs based around the summer reading theme “Libraries Rock!” All elementary and teen summer reading programs are free!

The Elementary Summer Reading Program, for rising kindergarten through fifth graders features a wide variety of fun and exciting programs. The summer kicks off on Saturday June 16th at the Depot in Downtown Burlington with the Summer Kickoff Concert at 1 PM. There will be fun for the whole family with great musicians, including Katharine Whalen, The Curly Fries, Nathan Ryan and Julius Tunstall.  Rags to Riches Theatre for Young Audiences will bring a spirited musical rendition of the classic tale Stone Soup on Wednesday, June 20th at 4 PM at the Mebane Arts and Community Center. On Saturday, June 30th at 4 PM, Graham Public Library will be rocking with Rockstar Magic with Chris and Neal, and their exciting magic show!  This is only a small selection of all of the fantastic programs happening as part of elementary summer reading!

Teens can come learn how to create their own graphic novel or comic with author Wolly McNair, learn DJ skills and photography skills, and participate in a hike at Cedarock Park as part of Teen Summer Reading Program at May Memorial Library. Teens can also make one-of-a-kind altered t-shirts, bowls from vinyl records, and awesome stone pendants at Mebane Public Library. Teens can participate in a teen reading program at all libraries where they can enter drawings to win prize baskets on four themes; back to school, sports, comics, and art, as well as smaller prizes throughout the summer by reading at least an hour and tracking their minutes.

Throughout the summer, kids and teens also can 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, with bonus prizes for participants who read 500 or 1000 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 t-shirt, which will be available at the Readers’ Appreciation Night on Aug. 3. All participants will be recognized during the game, and can enjoy fun activities prior to the start of the game.

Come on out to your library and learn how libraries rock this summer! It is sure to be a fun filled, rocking good time for all.

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