Come Explore “A Universe of Stories” at Your Library This Summer

Summer Reading Program 2019This summer, take an intergalactic journey by visiting your library! Events for all ages will celebrate the summer reading program theme, A Universe of Stories.

Rising Kindergarten through 5th graders can have worlds of fun with our Elementary Summer Reading Program. May Memorial Library will have a visit from the Morehead Planetarium on June 20th (registration required), Wild Tails Animal Sanctuary on July 13th, and they will close out the summer with Casey’s Laugh and Learn on August 10th!

Graham Public Library will host the Morehead Planetarium at Grahams Park and Rec on June 27th (registration required), host a free screening of Zathura in conjunction with Graham Cinema,  explore the history of flight and space exploration with Bright Star Traveling Theater on July 25th and Casey’s Laugh and Learn on August 1st .

Mebane Public Library will host Rags to Riches Theatre for Young Audiences on July 10th at the Mebane Arts and Community Center, Wild Tales Animal Sanctuary on July 31st, and Mad Science of Central Carolina will present their exciting “Science of Space” on August 7th.

North Park Library invites families to experience the daily life of refugees in a kid friendly event for World Refuge Day on June 22nd, celebrate the solstice on July 1st, and the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20th.  As with all of our library programs, these programs are free.

Teens can make their rooms out of this world with May Memorial’s “Teen In-Your-Space” craft series, with fun crafts like celestial embroidery, a t-shirt rag rug, terrarium making, and  hot glue art. Teens can express their own style at the Mebane Public Library by making galaxy t-shirts, nebula star catchers, and celestial pendants, and have a blast watching anime with friends as part of the AniMebane anime club. For even more fun, North Park Library invites teens to do celestial coloring, galaxy t-shirts, and get out of this world with a Steven Universe party!

Adults are not left out of the fun this summer! Movie screenings, craft classes, and the ever popular Mystery Night offer many opportunities for fun. The whole family is invited to May Memorial’s after-hours Moon Landing Party on June 21st from 7-9, where we will party like it is 1969!

In addition to these fun events, there is the opportunity for prizes for readers of all ages. We are encouraging all members of the community to read at least 15 hours this summer. Readers will receive prizes once they read 2, 5, 10 and 15 hours and will be entered into raffle basket drawings for whatever hours are read beyond 15 hours. These bookmarks are available at any Alamance County Public Library branch.

This is just a sampling of all of the events Alamance County Public Libraries will be offering this summer. For a full listing of events, please visit https://www.alamancelibraries.org/children/summer-reading/ or contact your local library. We hope that you will join us in our out-of-this-world programs this summer!

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