By: By Lisa Bowden - Contributing columnist

The Robeson County Public Library summer is ready to rock you.

Our summer reading program is always chock-full of special guests and our wonderful storytimes, but this year is going to be especially spectacular. These are the programs we have lined up for you and your children.

Every branch will host a free storytime to keep children reading through the summer. Teachers will agree that a child that reads for fun, or that is read to will be better prepared in the fall. Reading and being read to will build their fluency.

Our theme this year is Libraries Rock, so what better way to kick off the summer program than with a rock-painting party? Come to the library June 23 from 10 a.m. to noon for a fun time of painting and music. Children and adults of all ages are invited to participate in this event. So wear your not-so-special clothes and be ready to paint and get to know your librarians. Ask us questions about the summer reading program and our collections.

Our first guest is the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences coming June 20 to our Pembroke and Lumberton locations. They will be presenting their popular reptiles and discussing what we’re likely to see in our own state. We already have group registration occurring. If you plan to bring 10 or more children please call ahead and let us know you’re coming so we can be prepared for you.

If you’re like me, you think of rock ‘n’ roll when you hear libraries rock. So we’ve booked a music group just for kids that like to dance, sing, or just listen. Big! Bang! Boom! will be singing some of their most in-demand tunes for us. They will perform in our Pembroke and Lumberton locations and this concert will blow the rooftops off! Come dance and sing along with us. This program is not the type we usually plan. It’s going to be amazing. Don’t miss this one.

Our second new program is Hawk Manor Falconry from Lillington. Chip Gentry is a master falconer who will introduce us to owls, falcons and hawks and educate us about how they live in North Carolina. What do they eat? Where do they sleep? How do you train a bird of prey? Come and ask him questions and be ready to meet live birds of prey.

Our summer reading programs start June 18 and run through Aug. 4. We will be having our reading programs for both children and adults. For children we will have a reading log to be turned in when completed for a prize and adults will have a bingo sheet to turn in for a prize. If one prize isn’t enough you can join us for our Summer Reading Finale. Another first for the library. Our Summer Reading Finale will be on Aug. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. Live music, Kona Ice and a nifty craft activity will be going on, but for you prize lovers we will have a drawing for each of the four age categories, toddler, kid, teen and adult. Come have fun with us this summer.

If you can’t make our spectacular programs you can certainly come by and get a reading log and keep up with that reading. If you want to know about times and locations, please see our website, www.robesoncountylibrary.org, or call the Youth Services Department at 910-738-4859, Ext. 310. Many of our programs will reach capacity, so please call and let us know that you want to come.

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By Lisa Bowden

Contributing columnist

Lisa Bowden is the Youth Services librarian at the Robeson County Public Library.

Lisa Bowden is the Youth Services librarian at the Robeson County Public Library.