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Summer Fun 2009: Rowan Public Library, History Camp, Horizons

Rowan Public Library
www.rowanpubliclibrary.org
Headquarters, 201 W. Fisher St., Salisbury, 704-216-8234.
South Rowan Regional Library, China Grove, 704-216-7730.
East Branch Library, Rockwell, 704-216-7842.This year’s Summer Reading theme for kids and teens is: “Kids: Be Creative@Rowan Public Library.”
This summer Rowan Public Library invites kids to let imaginations run wild and be creative with a fun-filled summer of exciting programs and reading. Registration for children age 12 months to rising fifth-graders begins on May 18 at all library locations.
Children will receive an Artist Adventure to record the time spent reading library books, and library staff will post the names of children as they read.
The “Be Creative” arts and crafts kickoff events will be held Thursday, June 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the South Rowan Library; Friday, June 12, from 1:30-3 p.m. at the East Branch; and Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m-noon at Headquarters in Salisbury.
Weekly programs then begin the week of June 15 and run through July 30 with the RPL staff entertaining the youngest participants. Special guest performers will get the creative juices flowing for the school age groups. These popular and entertaining guests include the return of both Flow Circus and Ro and Lo from last year, as well as new featured tellers, the Mountain Marionettes, storyteller Bobby Pell, Chinese Acrobats, Zelnik the Magician and the “Red Wolf of Rowan,” Mike Lambert, to entertain at all library locations.
12-24-month-olds: 10:30 a.m. Mondays at East Branch; Tuesdays at Headquarters; Thursdays at South Library.
(This program runs for the first four weeks).
2-year-olds: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, East Branch; Wednesdays, South Library; Thursdays, Headquarters.
(This program runs for the first four weeks).
3-5-year-olds: 10:30 a.m. Mondays, South Library; Wednesdays, Headquarters; Thursdays, East Branch.
First- through fifth-graders: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., South Library; Tuesdays, 2 p.m., Headquarters; Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., East Branch.
June 16-17: Flow’s Circus
June 23-24: Ro and Lo
June 30-July 1: Mountain Marionettes
July 7-8: Bobby Pell
July 14-15: Chinese Acrobats
July 21-22: Zelnick the Magician
July 28-29: Mike Lambert, “Red Wolf of Rowan.”
Calling all Teens: Express Yourself@Rowan Public LibraryStarting June 15 and running through July 30, all rising sixth- to 12th-graders are invited to participate in the many exciting events happening this summer at the library. All programs are from 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays at Headquarters, Tuesdays at South Rowan and Wednesdays at the East Branch in Rockwell.
This year’s events include a skill toys workshop that will teach juggling, Japanese kandama and how to use flower sticks, avatar creations on the computer, puppet making out of various objects, creations with fruits and vegetables, an “Amazing Race”-style scavenger hunt, and a music workshop where aspiring musicians can bring their instruments and share their ideas.
Every day a teen checks out something to read, the teen will receive a raffle ticket. The raffle prizes will be drawn at the weekly events and teens do not need to be present to win. There will also be one special door prize drawn for teens who are at the event.
At the Café Express & Show held at the South Branch on July 30, a special grand prize will be given to a teen from each branch of the Rowan Public Library. Teens will also be able to show off the skills that they have perfected throughout the summer with the props used in the skill toys workshop that will be available to practice with at each program.
Teen Event Schedule:Skill Toys Workshop: June 15, 16, 17 (registration required, limited number).
Create Your Own Avatar: June 22, 23, 24.
Food Faces: June 29, 30, July 1.
Puppet Mania: July 6, 7, 8.
Music Workshop: July 13, 14, 15.
The Amazing Hunt: July 20, 21, 22.
Cafe Express & Show, July 30: End of summer celebration at South Rowan Regional Library in China Grove.
Summer History Camp
Sponsored by The Rowan Museum. 704-633-5946.The Rowan Museum is offering its 11th annual Summer History Camp for students in rising third through fifth grades (elementary sessions), and rising sixth through eighth grades (middle school session).
These weeks will provide an insight into Rowan’s history. Hands-on activities will provide a stimulating, educational and fun experience in celebrating their rich heritage here in Rowan County.
Campers will explore many different aspects of Rowan’s early history. The camp location will involve all museum sites, as well as a visit to the Old English Cemetery, Freedman’s Cemetery and many other local historic sites.
Campers will participate in activities that will include bookmaking/ journal keeping/ quill writing, cemetery search/rubbings, local lore and ghost stories, tin punch, weaving fabric and rugs, old tools/antiques/artifacts use and recognition, candle dipping, outdoor cooking/butter making, gardening and many other activities, as well as early children’s games and folk music.
Middle school students will be involved in many advanced activities stemming from those mentioned above, including making gourd bird houses, basket weaving and studying period clothing, historical interpretation, archaeological dig, following the History and Art Trail and a scavenger hunt. Middle school will also include one overnight stay at the museum.
The camp will be staffed by museum personnel, local history teachers and local college history majors. The camp fee for each camper will be $140 ($120 for museum members). Refreshments will be provided mid-morning. Campers should bring their lunch every day.
Camp hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
As a result of the camp, the museum gleans potential young volunteers, especially for special events at historic sites.
Elementary session I ó June 22-26 (rising third-fifth grades);
Elementary session II ó July 6-10 (rising thirdńfifth grades);
Elementary session III ó Aug. 3-7 (rising third-fifth grades);
Middle School session-July 20-24 (rising sixth-eighth grades).
For more information and to request an application, call the museum office at 704-633-5946. Several of the camps are almost full.
A limited number of scholarships will also be available. The camp is sponsored by the Woodson Foundation and the Robertson Family Foundation.
Horizons Unlimited
1636 Parkview Circle, Salisbury. 704-639-3004.Campers will use and learn many skills and concepts in science such as observing, comparing, problem solving, making inferences, drawing conclusions, real life applications and working in teams. The goal is to create the best summer experience ever for young scientists and to increase interest and enthusiasm for science.
Biotech Trek academies
Project directors: Lisa Wear and Anne Ellis of Horizons Unlimited and Dr. Sheetal Ghalani with the N.C. Research Campus.
Biotech Trek is an exciting summer opportunity for students to learn methods and skills associated with biotechnology, gene therapy and forensic science. Students will use DNA extraction and electrophoresis to identify sources of DNA in a variety of cases.
Other topics and investigations will include: laboratory instrumentation, measurement, genetic engineering, environmental biotechnology and careers in biotechnology.
Biotech Trek I: Biotechnology Career Academy for Girls
For rising eighth- and ninth-grade girls, July 13-16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $50 (grant-supported academy). Includes all academy fees, laboratory materials and equipment, breakfast and lunch, trip to N.C. Research Campus.
Maximum enrollment: 30 campers.
Biotech Trek I: Biotechnology Career Academy for Boys
For rising eighth- and ninth-grade boys, July 20-23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $50. (grant-supported academy). Includes all academy fees, laboratory materials and equipment, breakfast and lunch, trip to N.C. Research Campus.
Maximum enrollment: 30 campers.
Astronomy’s Awesome! Day Camp
Rising third-, fourth- and fifth-graders, July 20-23, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $100. Includes all camp materials, breakfast and lunch. Maximum enrollment: 20. Instructor: Patsy Wilson, science specialist, Horizons Unlimited.
Celebrate Galileo’s 400th birthday with a party. Activities: build galileoscopes (telescopes), stir up a real comet, view stars in the planetarium, relax with daily laser shows, do solar observing at the Catawba College Observatory, learn about planets, rockets, space travel and more.
Science Rocks! Day Camp
Rising first- and second- graders, Aug. 3-6, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $100, includes all camp materials, breakfast and lunch. Maximum enrollment: 20.
Instructor: Anne Ellis, science specialist, Horizons Unlimited.
The camp will explore four big science ideas including: Amusement Park Physics; Fizz! Bang! Pop! Flash! Chemistry; Blocks, Beams and Bridges; Bugs, Beetles and Butterflies.
For a registration form, contact Cathy Laws at Horizons Unlimited, 704-639-3004 or lawscj@rss.k12.nc.us. You may also pick up a form from the main office at 1636 Parkview Circle. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
Saving Grace Farm Gallop Camp
704-638-2339www.savinggracefarm.com
Gallop Camp at Saving Grace Farm is not your ordinary horse camp. Equine- assisted learning helps kids learn and practice respect for others, mindfulness, kindness, emotional awareness and regulation, communication skills and leadership skills, all while learning about horses and having fun.
Sessions offered for elementary students June 15-26 and Aug. 10-21; for middle school students July 13-24. Camp is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is $360/session. Scholarships are available.
Call 704-638-2339 for more information!
Chess Camp
Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St.
704-704 639-0471.9 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 3-7.
For ages 8 and up. For all levels of ability. Beginners welcome.
Players will be paired for tournament play according to age and ability level.
Tuition: $100. Registration fee $15 (included in tuition). Bring bag lunch.
Send registration to Clayton Price, camp director, 130 Topsail Road, Salisbury, NC 28146.

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