Summer reading programs gearing up at the library
Events at Rowan Public Library.
Summer reading — Fizz, Boom, Read! The library and the Friends of RPL invite children to celebrate science and reading this summer with Fizz, Boom, Read. Registration is underway at all library locations for children ages 12 months to rising fifth- graders. Throughout the summer, children earn prizes by reading. Using their lab journal, children can begin tracking their reading hours June 16 and continue through Aug. 15. Those completing their journal can pick out a book to keep, and can enter a raffle for prizes.
The library will also have a literacy workshop for parents of children up to age 5 on Monday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. The workshop is free but registration is required and space is limited. You can register at any library branch. Check with your library for special events or activities throughout the summer.
Teen summer reading: Teens may participate in Spark a Reaction where they will explore science through programs and reading. Registration is underway at all library locations for rising sixth- to 12th-graders. Teens can begin tracking reading hours June 16. Each week, events will focus on science concepts, experiments and crafts. Every teen who registers receives a booklet for keeping track of the library dollars they earn. Those dollars will be used to enter raffles for prizes provided by the Friends of RPL and other local sponsors. Winners will be announced at the end of the summer Blow Out Blast at South Rowan Regional on July 31, 3:30–5 p.m.
Adult summer reading: Adults can join the library for a summer of programs and great reads with “Literary Elements.” Reading hours may be tracked June 11-Aug. 11. Prize drawings will be held with grand prizes awarded at the end of summer celebration. Registration is open. Adults 18 and older may participate. For more information and registration, go to www.rowanpubliclibrary.org.
Find Your Stride: South Branch, Monday, 5:45–7:45 p.m. In the fifth and final workshop in the series, participants will learn about proper hydration, form, breathing and stretching for fast walking and running. David Freeze, local author and founder of ULearn2Run and Salisbury Rowan Runners, will lead the program. All ages welcome, but anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. There will be door prizes. Participants who attend four out of five workshops are eligible for the grand prize drawing, which will be held at this workshop. While there is no charge to participate, registration is required. Visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or call 704-216-7734 to register or for more information.
Book Bites Club: South (only), May 27, 6:30 p.m., “Still Life,” by Louise Penny. Book discussion groups for adults and children meet the last Tuesday of each month. The group is open to the public and anyone is free to join at any time. There is a discussion of the book, as well as light refreshments at each meeting. For more information, call 704-216-8229.
Library closings: May 24-26, closed for Memorial Day.
Displays for May: Headquarters, Older Americans Month by Jo Kearns; South, student art by South Rowan High School art class; East, “Winnie the Pooh,” by Kim Davis.
Literacy: Call the Rowan County Literacy Council at 704-216-8266 for more information on teaching or receiving literacy tutoring for English speakers or for those for whom English is a second language.