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South Rowan library to host fall festival and open house

CHINA GROVE — The China Grove branch of Rowan Public Library will host a fall festival and open house Saturday.

The library is at 920 Kimball Road beside the China Grove YMCA.

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Scheduled programs include a children’s storytime at 10 a.m. and, as part of the Teen Read Week “Unleash Your Story” celebration, a Teen Read-In from 10 a.m. until noon. Children 11 to 18 are invited to bring a book and a friend to the read-in.

At 10:30 a.m., librarian Paul Birkhead will host a photo walk around the library grounds.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra will host its Musical Petting Zoo in the South Meeting Room. This offers a twist on the typical “petting zoo” with a hands-on introduction to many instruments found in an orchestra.

“Cinema on the Porch,” beginning at 11 a.m., will show seasonal films on the covered porch, which is accessed from inside the library. Popcorn and lemonade will be served.

A scavenger hunt leading participants through the library will be underway during the festival. It is designed as an introduction to the amenities the library offers. Informational displays by community partners will include those of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, Smart Start and Crosby Scholars, as well as exhibits celebrating Indie Author Day and the Rowan Public Library system.

Patterson Farms will have a small patch of pumpkins for sale. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., David Lamanno will perform blues and folk music featuring guitar, harmonica and claw-hammer banjo. At noon, guitarist and vocalist Kristen Trahan will perform.

Other outdoor activities will include face painting, games, and an appearance by the China Grove Fire Department and one of its trucks.

Raffle prizes will include a literary basket donated by the Friends of Rowan Public Library and an item from Patterson Farms. Those who complete the scavenger hunt will receive an additional raffle entry.

The festival will be a good opportunity to browse the library’s collection and find new books to read. Participants are welcome to stay as little or as long as they like.

For more information about the fall festival and open house, call 704-216-7727 or visit www.RowanPublicLibrary.org. In the case of bad weather, outdoor activities will move inside.

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