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Rowan Public Library offers special activities for students

Rowan Public Library has a number of programs geared towards school-age children coming up this fall.
Noodle Head Story Time is for children 4-8 who enjoy listening to silly books and tales. The 30-minute program is held Mondays at 4 p.m. at South Rowan Regional branch and Thursdays, 4 p.m., at headquarters.
Art programs for school-age children teach them art terms and techniques as they work on art projects. The program lasts 30 minutes.
• Headquarters — Art in the Afternoon, Thursdays, 4:30 p.m.
• East — Emma’s Easel, Thursdays, 4 p.m.
• South — Art with Char, Wednesday’s 4 p.m.
The library is setting up a new Explorer Club to investigate different genres through fun activities based on books from the collections. The programs begin at 11 a.m. and last an hour.
• Saturday, Sept. 6, “You Wouldn’t Want to Be a …” Explore this entertaining series and learn facts that will amaze you. Activities and refreshments are included.
• Saturday, Oct. 4, “Retro Reads” brings a taste of the past to readers of the future. RC Cola and Moon Pies are part of the activities.
• Saturday, Nov. 1, “Memory Lane.” Bring photos of family members for activities centered on the books of Patricia Polacco. Photos will be returned.
The adventure club meets at headquarters in Salisbury for adventurous hands-on, science-based activities and projects. The programs start at 11 a.m. and lasts 30 minutes.
• Saturday, Sept. 13, candy construction.
• Saturday, Oct. 25, create your own lava lamp.
• Saturday, Nov. 22, pirate ships and maps.
Book chats at South Regional Library in China Grove are for elementary school children. A limited number of book titles are available at all library locations. Programs start at 4:15 p.m. and last 45 minutes. Check at the South library for titles.
• Thursday, Oct. 9, grade two.
• Thursday, Oct. 23, grades three and four.
• Thursday, Nov. 13, grades four and five.
Timmy Abell will tell family-friendly stories on Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Stanback Auditorium at headquarters from 7-8 p.m. He will play music and tell stories from adventures to tall tales, fairy tales and mountain Jack Tales.
Families can enjoy a free afternoon of “Histories and Mysteries” storytelling and refreshments from 2-4 p.m. at the China Grove Roller Mill, Sunday, Oct. 12, 308 N. Main St., China Grove, 2-4 p.m. Sponsored by the China Grove Historical Society at the library.
Teen programs are for middle and high school students; all program times are 5:30-7 p.m. Check with your local library for event details.
September — South, Tuesday, Sept. 23; East, Monday, Sept. 29; headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 30.
October — South, Tuesday, Oct. 14; East, Monday, Oct. 20; headquarters, Tuesday, Oct. 21.
November — South, Tuesday, Nov. 18; East, Monday, Nov. 17; headquarters, Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Teens who join the Teen Advisory Board provide input on the library’s teen programming and book selection and discuss current events and issues of interest to teens in Rowan County. The board meets once a month at each library location, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
East Teen Advisory Board meets Mondays, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10; headquarters TAB meets Tuesdays, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 4; South TAB meets Thursdays, Sept. 25, Oct. 16; Nov. 20.
The library also offers computers, with internet allowed with parental permission for those under 17 years of age, free wi-fi access; homework help links on the website; ebooks, online language learning, digital audiobooks, and books, books on CD and DVDs.
Visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org for more details.

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