OK, I have discussed the importance of Summer Reading and how the reading portion of the program works, so now it’s time to discuss all the fun activities that will be starting June 17 and continuing for an eight-week period.
Any Summer Reading program worth its salt will have great programs to go with the reading. I have already discussed the big kick-off party on June 17 with Paul Miller of “The Flow Circus” — 1 p.m. at the Osterneck Auditorium — so without further delay, here is the rest of what’s going on this summer.
The week of June 20 to June 24 Folktales and Crafts will be at eight libraries. On June 20, it will be at Pembroke at 10 a.m., on June 21 at St. Pauls at 11 a.m., on June 21 at Proctorville at 2 p.m., on June 22 at Maxton at 11 a.m., on June 22 at Red Springs at 2 p.m., on June 23 at Fairmont at 11 a.m., on June 23 at Rowland at 2 p.m., and on June 24 at Lumberton 10 a.m. The teen event in Lumberton will be anime from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring Fullmetal Alchemist in the Osterneck Auditorium.
The week of June 27 to July 1 will be Games from Around the World, featuring such games as Bocce (Italy), Mille Bornes (French card game), Senet (an ancient Egyptian board game) and Mancala (an African stone game). All these games are great fun and will be enjoyed by all ages. The schedule for this week will be the same as listed in the previous paragraph and in general for the full eight weeks.
The week of July 5 through July 8 will be the movie “Tangled.” The teen event at the Lumberton Branch will be Games from Around the World, which will be very similar to what has previously been described, at 2:30 pm. This film “Tangled” will also be shown at the Carolina Civic Center on July 25 at 2 p.m.
The week of July 11 to July 15, there will be an original play performed, written by, and starring Robeson County teens for all ages. The play is “Ever After,” and it is a fractured fairy tale starring all your favorite characters. In addition to the dates given, there will be a special performance on July 21 at 7 p.m. at the Carolina Civic Center. For teens, on July 13 at 6 p.m. there will be an electronic gaming night at the Osterneck Auditorium.
The week July 18 to July 22, there will be gaming with the Wii and more at all the library locations. For the Teens at Lumberton on July 22 and July 29 at 2:30 pm we will be having a contest for best original short film (five minutes or less). Teens can utilize at the library its camcorder to make their films and the best three will be awarded prizes. Also this week on July 22 at 11 a.m., there will be a very special performance by “Fish The Magish” at the Osterneck Auditorium.
The week July 25 to July 29 will involve a craft in which the kids will be making Dream Catchers. Well running out of room and time, so real quick for the last two week there will be showings of “Megamind,” rated PG, anime for the teens and a huge blow-out end of Summer Reading parties. This summer is going to be fun at your library, guaranteed!
n Bill Corder is the Youth Services Librarian at the Robeson County Public Library.