HAMLET — The first day of the Richmond County Public Library System’s summer reading program got off to a “super” start Wednesday at Cole Auditorium.
The banquet room was filled to capacity as almost 500 kids and adults looked on as magician Mark Daniels performed his act. From 10 to 11 a.m. each Wednesday until Aug. 5, the superhero-themed program will have a different form of entertainment.
Ventriloquist Steven Bogan will perform next at Cole Auditorium on July 8, followed by the Mad Science group on July 15. Mad Science specializes in educational and entertaining programming for children that presents science in a visual and interactive manner, according to its website.
Another magic show starring the juggling and unicycle-riding Mark Lipkin will follow Mad Science on July 22, then the duo known as Rock Star Magic will take the stage and bring their talents to Richmond County again.
The summer reading program will wrap up from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 5 at Discovery Place Kids in downtown Rockingham. All the kids and Discovery Place staffers will wear their favorite superhero costume or T-shirt.
Kemp Library in Ellerbe will also feature Mad Science, Rock Star Magic, Mark Daniels and Steve Bogan during each Tuesday in July.
— Matt Harrelson