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Summer Reading weekly programs for children, teens, adults


Programs run June 11-July 6 unless otherwise noted.

Baby Time (infants to 23 months)

This highly interactive, 30-minute program is for children 0-23 months old and their adult caregivers.

Headquarters (Salisbury), Wednesdays,  10 a.m.

East (Rockwell), Mondays 10 a.m.

South (China Grove), Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Time (18 to 35 months)

This RPL-staffed, highly interactive, 30-minute program is for children 18-35 months and their adult caregivers.

Headquarters, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

East, Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.

South, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Preschoolers (3 to 5 years)

Each program. lasts 30-45 minutes. Programs begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.; doors close at 10:40 a.m.. These RPL-staffed programs run seven weeks, June 11-July 27.

Headquarters, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.

East, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

South,  Mondays, 10:30 a.m.

School Age (rising first-fifth graders)

Lasts 45-60 minutes. Storytellers, educators and entertainers provide different fun-filled programs each week for seven weeks. To enter the weekly prize drawing, “Reader Book Reviews” should be turned in before the program begins.

Headquarters, Thursdays 2 p.m.

East, Wednesday, 2 p.m.

South, Tuesdays, 2 p.m.

Cleveland Town Hall, Thursdays 10 a.m.

Program dates and performers

June 11-15, A Walk in the Woods, an Environmental Education Company

June 18-22, Steve Somers of Amazing Teacher

June 25-29, The Piedmont Players

July 2-6 Ro & Mo Stories

July 9-13, Ryan Dial-Stanley, storyteller

July 16-20, Dare Devil Dogs

July 23-27,  Lee Street theatre

Cleveland Patrons: Cleveland Town Hall is located at 302 E. Main St. in Cleveland. Patrons of the Cleveland site can report their summer reading hours during those programs.


Starting on June 11, each branch will have weekly teen programs inspired by the theme “Libraries Rock.” Special presenters, activities, and games are on the roster. Teen’s Summer Reading culminates with the National Teen Lock-in on July 27.

Teens have two options to register and keep track of their points this summer: online with READsquared, or in person at the library. READsquared allows teens to update their point progress from any mobile device, while those who register in person will receive a take-home booklet to record points. Teens can earn points by reading books and attending programs. Those points are converted to raffle tickets at the end of the summer for a chance to win big prizes at the annual Teen Lock-In.

Headquarters, Tuesdays, 3:30-5 p.m.

East, Mondays,  3:30-5 p.m.

South, Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m.

June 11-14, Don’t Forget the Lyrics! Teens compete in a fast-paced, high-stakes music quiz show that combines Jeopardy with The Singing Bee.

June 18-21, Songwriting: This special workshop will teach you how to write your own music and lyrics.

June 25-28, Iron Chef Challenge: Join up with your teams to create a masterpiece dish made out of mystery ingredients before time runs out. Can you impress the judges with your culinary skills?

July 2-5, Ice Cream Science: Create your own ice creams and sorbets with some kitchen chemistry!

July 9-12, Libraries are the Bomb! Make your own bath bombs with a variety of colors, scents, and plenty of glitter. Bath bombs not your thing? No worries — you’ll make some slime, too!

July 16-19, African Dancing with Sakinah Riley: Enjoy a special class about this aspect of African culture with dancer and teacher Sakinah Riley.

July 23-27, Dance & Choreography: Want to learn how to dance? This beginner-level class will teach you some basic moves and skills!

July 27, National Teen Lock-in: This event will be held on Friday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Headquarters. Teens will play life-sized board games, take part in an escape room, sit in on author chats streamed via Google Hangouts, and have the opportunity to compete in a Lip-Sync Battle.

A permission slip signed by a parent or guardian is required for teens to participate in this event. Teens must register for at least one of the author chats in order to attend.

Teen programs are subject to change. Contact your nearest branch for an updated list of programs.

Weekly programs for children and teens are on hiatus in August.


Line Dancing: Tuesday, June 12, 6:30 p.m., East Branch.

History of Americana in Rowan: Monday, June 18, 6:30 p.m., South Rowan Regional.

Swing Dancing: Monday, July 9, 6:30 p.m., Headquarters.

Guitar Instruction (all ages welcome:  Monday, July 23, 6:30 p.m., Headquarters

Name that Tune (adult Summer Reading finale), Monday, Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m., RPL headquarters.

Summer Reading Film Series

All movies are free and everyone is welcome.

An adult must accompany children under  9, and for films with a PG-13 rating, an adult must accompany children under 13.

Mary Poppins (G), Monday, June 11, 5:30 p.m., East Branch.

Sing (PG), Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m., Headquarters; Monday, June 18, 5:30 p.m.,  East Branch; Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m., South Rowan Regional.

Frozen (sing-along edition) (PG), Tuesday, July 3, 6:30 p.m., Headquarters;  Monday, July 2, 5:30 p.m.,  East Branch; Saturday, July 7, 7, 10 a.m., South Rowan Regional (China Grove)

The Sound of Music (G), Monday, July 16, 5:30 p.m., East Branch;  Monday, July 23, 6:30 p.m., Headquarters.

Pitch Perfect 3 (PG-13), Tuesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m., Headquarters.

Coco (PG), Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. and  2 p.m., South Rowan Regional.

Moana (PG) Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m., South Rowan Regional.

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