The Thomas H. Leath Memorial Library will be hosting its first Family Christmas program this from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm. on Thursday in downtown Rockingham.
There will be Christmas carols, stories, cookies, cocoa and even a visit from Old Saint Nick. Parents are welcome to take pictures. The children are even welcome to show up in pajamas. Readers include Tommy Jarrell, Richmond County Health Department health director, and state Sen. Gene McLaurin. Melissa Bearfield will play the piano. Songs will include “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman.”
This is an opportunity to “take a break in the busy bustle, and have some family time,” said Debbie Knight Leath Memorial’s outreach coordinator.
During the month of December, both toddler and preschool story time will be Christmas-oriented. Toddler time is on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Preschool story time is 10 each Thursdays.
Raleigh-based Rockstar Magic of Chris and Neal will be at Leath on Dec. 12. Show times will be at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
“Chris and Neal have made children levitate off the chairs in the past, and plan to make snow happen, ” Knight said.
The community is welcome and encouraged to attend each of the library’s special programs.
“Continuation of the programs depend on attendance and participation,” Knight said.
Thomas H. Leath Memorial library is located at 412 E. Franklin St. in Rockingham can be reached by calling 910-895-6337. The library is open Monday through Saturday. Monday hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday the library is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Hamlet Public Library
On Saturday, author Sylvia A. Witmore and Hamlet painter Linda Watson-Martin will be at the Hamlet Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This will be an opportunity for the public to see the recently completed murals Watson-Martin did for the library, and get a sneak peek at Witmore’s new book due out in December “Dawn’s Darkest Hour” and enjoy light refreshments.
On Dec. 18, Santa Claus will be at Hamlet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Carmella Johnson will be taking pictures free of charge. There will also be Christmas music and ornament decorating. A complimentary candy buffet will be on site.
Hamlet library hosts story time at 10 a.m. each Wednesday — Dec. 10 will cover Jack Frost and snowmen, Dec. 11 will cover Christmas. There will not be story time on Dec. 18 or Dec. 25.
The Hamlet library is located at 302 Main St. in Hamlet and can be reached by calling 910-582-3477. The library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday.
Kemp Suggs Memorial Library
Santa will be making an appearance at Kemp Sugg Memorial Library in Ellerbe from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. Parents are welcome to take pictures.
Kemp Suggs Memorial Library is located at 279 Second St. in Ellerbe and can be reached by calling 910-652-6130.
The library is open from 9a .m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each Monday and Thursday. Tuesday’s hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The library is closed on Wednesday. Friday the library opens from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and from 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday the library is open from 10 a.m. until noon, and is closed on Sunday.