With summer right around the corner, Richmond County public libraries have a ton of events planned over the next few months.
Healthy Living in the Mid-Carolinas, a free program offered by FirstHealth Community Health Services through grant support from Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, is working in conjunction with Leath Memorial Library to host classes from noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays from May 12 to June 23.
The classes are designed for those who are sedentary, or sit a lot, and mix cardio with strength and flexibility activities. Those that join will also receive a free work-out bag, step counter, resistance bands, set of fitness playing cards and a fitness t-shirt for being active in the program.
Kemp Memorial Library in Ellerbe invites all children to come out to the library at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday for a program about plants. Children can learn all kinds of great facts about the plant world and even plant some seeds.
At 8 a.m. on May 15 at Richmond Community College, the Richmond County Partnership for Children will host a “Fun Day.” Deborah Knight, coordinator with Leath Memorial Library, said there would be storytelling and a cornhole board, for kids to throw beanbags into for prizes, that looks like the Dr. Suess character The Cat In The Hat’s hat.
This year’s summer reading will be here soon and the Richmond County public libraries’ theme this year is Fizz! Boom! Read! The program is open to students in grades kindergarten to fifth grade and will be geared towards science and technology. The libraries in Rockingham, Hamlet and Ellerbe will each have different programs going on all summer and no two event will be the same. Rockingham’s events all start at 10 a.m. and run every Wednesday from July 16 to August 13, Ellerbe’s events start at 2 p.m. and run every Wednesday from July 2 until July 30 with their grand finale taking place on August 1 and Hamlet’s events will take place at 10 a.m. beginning on June 18 and running every Wednesday until July with their grand finale taking place on July 11. Every show is based on science and technology projects.
“We used to only do four to five weeks of summer reading,” said Knight. “People kept coming to us saying we need something to keep our kids stimulated all summer. Everything’s free. Through donations and grants we can offer a program every week at one of our branches from the time school lets out until the week before kids go back.”
The pre-registration for kids will take place at 6 p.m. on June 6 with the Fizz! Boom! Read! kick-off featuring the local band Dixie Ambush, said Knight. There will also be food sponsored by the Lion’s Club on site as well as a clown doing sculpture balloons for free and a book sale inside, added Knight.
To pre-register for your local library over the phone, call Kemp Memorial Library in Ellerbe at 910-652-6130, Hamlet Public Library at 910-582-3477 or Leath Memorial Library in Rockingham at 910-895-6337.