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Summertime is reading season Rowan Public Library has programs planned for children, teens and adults

SALISBURY — This summer, Rowan Public Library invites children to join the library for a season of exciting programs and great books with “Fizz, Boom, Read!”
Registration began Monday at all library locations for children age 12 months to rising fifth-graders. Reading hours may be tracked beginning Monday, June 16. Prizes will be given for every five, 10, 15 and 20 hours read with door prizes at the school-aged programs.
Kickoff celebrations will be held at each location: Thursday, June 12, 3:30-5 p.m. at the South Rowan Regional Library in China Grove; Friday, June 13, 1:30-3 p.m. at the East Branch in Rockwell; and Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m.-noon at RPL headquarters in Salisbury.
Weekly programs begin 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; 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 — Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
East Branch, Rockwell — Mondays, 10 a.m.
South Rowan Regional, China Grove — Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Atomic Reactors: 2-year-olds. Each program lasts about 30 minutes; runs for four weeks.
Headquarters, Salisbury — Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
East Branch, Rockwell — Tuesdays, 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,s 10:30 a.m.
East Branch, Rockwell — Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
South Rowan Regional, China Grove — Mondays, 10:30 a.m.
Mad Scientists: Rising first- through fifth-graders. Programs last about 45 minutes and run for seven weeks.
Headquarters, Salisbury — Wednesdays, 2 p.m.
East Branch, Rockwell – Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.
South Rowan Regional, China Grove — Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Cleveland Town Hall — Thursdays, 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. For more information, please visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or call your closest RPL location — Headquarters, 704-216-8234; South Rowan Regional, 704-216-7728; East Branch, 704-216-7842.
Teens can have fun this summer participating in the library’s “Spark a Reaction” Summer Reading Program where they will explore science through programs and reading. Starting June 17 and running through July 31, all rising sixth-graders to 12th-graders are invited to participate in events at the 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, which can be used to earn raffle tickets for prizes provided by local organizations and the Friends of Rowan Public Library. Prize raffles will take place 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.
For more information, please visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or call your closest RPL location.
Adults ages 18 and up are invited to participate in the “Literary Elements” Summer Reading Program at the library, where they will explore science through special programs and reading. 
To participate, each adult must sign up online at www.rowanpubliclibrary.org. Participants may pick up an information packet, which will be available at each library location starting June 11. The packet will contain details on how to track reading hours, prize levels, activities, program information and more. Reading hours may be tracked June 11 through Aug. 11.
In addition to offering incentives for reading including rental certificates, gift cards and tablets, the library also has a special line-up of programs scheduled:
Kitchen Chemistry, led by Toi N. Degree — Monday, June 23, 6:30 p.m., Headquarters; Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m., South Rowan Regional, with door prize drawings.
Approaching Star Trek, led by Jack T. Howard — Monday, July 21, 6:30 p.m., Headquarters; Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 p.m., South Rowan Regional. Fifteen hour prize drawings held.
Future Foods, led by Danelle Cutting — Monday, Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m., Headquarters. More than 30 hour grand prize drawing held.
To register or for more information, visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or call your closest RPL location.

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