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Rowan Public Library has reading programs for children, teens

This summer, Rowan Public Library invites children to join the library for a fun-filled summer of exciting programs and great reads with “Fizz, Boom, Read!”
Registration begins on Monday, May 12 at all library locations for children age 12 months to rising fifth-graders. Reading hours may be tracked beginning Monday, June 16. Prizes for every 5, 10, 15 and 20 hours read with door prizes at the school-aged programs.
Kick-off celebrations will be held at each location.
• Thursday, June 12, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the South Rowan Regional Location in China Grove;
• Friday, June 13, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the East Branch in Rockwell;
• Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. to noon at RPL headquarters in Salisbury.
Weekly programs begin on June 16 and run until July 31. RPL staff will be on hand to entertain the youngest participants and professional performers will help captivate the school-age children. Family programs will again be offered at Cleveland Town Hall and reading hours can be tracked there at the time of the program.
Little Einsteins: 12- to 24-month-olds. Each program lasts about 30 minutes; runs for four weeks.
Headquarters, Salisbury — Wednesday, 10 a.m.
East Branch, Rockwell — Monday, 10 a.m.
South Rowan Regional, China Grove — Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
Atomic Reactors: 2-year-olds. Each program lasts about 30 minutes; runs for four weeks.
Headquarters, Salisbury — Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
East Branch, Rockwell — Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.
South Rowan Regional, China Grove — Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.
Robo Bots: 3- to 5-year-olds. Each program lasts 30-45 minutes and runs for seven weeks.
Headquarters, Salisbury — Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.
East Branch, Rockwell — Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
South Rowan Regional, China Grove — Monday, 10:30 a.m.
Mad Scientists: Rising first- through fifth-graders. Programs last about 45 minutes and runs for seven weeks.
Headquarters, Salisbury — Wednesday, 2 p.m.
East Branch, Rockwell — Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.
South Rowan Regional, China Grove — Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.
Cleveland Town Hall — Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
• June 17-19: Storyteller and Puppeteer Lona Bartlett.
• June 24-26: Mad Science, Up, Up and Away.
• July 1-3: Ro and Mo, Stories, Songs and Silliness.
• July 8-10: Amazing Teacher Steve Somers, Magical Stories.
• July 15-17: Bright Star Theatre, Professor Parsnip’s Lab of Healthy Choices.
• July 22-24: Grey Seal Puppets, Bathtub Pirates.
• July 29-31: Lee Street Theatre, Fizz, Boom, Read Extravaganza.
Programs are also available for camps and day care centers by reservation only. Call 704-216-8234 for more information.
Teens can have fun this summer participating in Rowan Public Library’s “Spark a Reaction” reading program where they will explore science through fun programs and reading. Running June 17 through July 31, all rising sixth-graders to 12th-graders are invited to participate in events at the library. Teens can earn library dollars to be used at the end of the summer to enter raffles on prizes provided by the Friends of Rowan Public Library.
Programs will be held on from 3:30-5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Headquarters; Wednesdays, East Branch in Rockwell; Thursdays, South Rowan Regional in China Grove.
Each teen will receive a booklet when they register for summer reading. The booklet is a way to keep track of library dollars. Prize raffles will be drawn at the special teen “Blow Out Blast” to be held at South Rowan Regional in China Grove on Thursday, July 31.
Make it Fly: Build trebuchets and paper rockets.
Headquarters, Salisbury, June 17, 3:30-5 p.m.
East Branch, Rockwell, June 18, 3:30-5 p.m.
South Rowan Regional, China Grove, June 19, 3:30-5 p.m.
It’s a Chemical Reaction: Cool chemistry experiments
Headquarters, Salisbury, June 24, 3:30-5 p.m.
East Branch, Rockwell, June 25, 3:30-5 p.m.
South Rowan Regional, China Grove, June 26, 3:30-5 p.m.
Crime Scene Investigation: Fingerprints, black lights and more
Headquarters, Salisbury, July 1, 3:30-5 p.m.
East Branch, Rockwell, July 2, 3:30-5 p.m.
South Rowan Regional, China Grove, July 3, 3:30-5 p.m.
Game Show Challenge: How much science knowledge do you have?
Headquarters, Salisbury, July 8, 3:30-5 p.m.
East Branch, Rockwell, July 9, 3:30-5 p.m.
South Rowan Regional, China Grove, July 10, 3:30-5 p.m.
All Bottled Up: Crafts that all come in a bottle.
Headquarters, Salisbury, July 15, 3:30-5 p.m.
East Branch, Rockwell, July 16, 3:30-5 p.m.
South Rowan Regional, China Grove, July 17, 3:30-5 p.m.
Cold as Ice: Art fun and experiments with blocks of ice.
Headquarters, Salisbury, July 22, 3:30-5 p.m.
East Branch, Rockwell, July 23, 3:30-5 p.m.
South Rowan Regional, China Grove, July 24, 3:30-5 p.m.
Blow Out Blast and Prize Raffle: End of summer celebration, South Rowan Regional, China Grove, July 31, 3:30-5 p.m.
• Parent and Family Reading Workshop: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, June 30, at headquarters in Salisbury.
• Special Literacy Event at Patterson Farm: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, May 31. Children will be able to participate in special literacy activities and receive a free book. Hosted by Altrusa.
For more information visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or call — Headquarters, 704-216-8234; South Rowan Regional, 704-216-7728; East Branch, 704-216-7842.
Summer reading for adults: Literary Elements
Movie Series at 6:30 p.m. at headquarters (Salisbury): Free popcorn and lemonade will be served at each movie showing.
June 17: “The Lorax”
June 24: “City of Bones”
July 1: “The Time Traveler’s Wife”
July 8/: “Around the World in 80 Days”
July 15: “Zathura”
July 22: “Timeline”
July 29: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
Aug. 5: “Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow”
Aug. 12: “Andromeda Strain”
Other summer reading activities are in the works for adults this year. Visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or stop by your local library branch to stay informed.

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