‘Super’ summer reading begins

Matt Harrelson | Daily Journal Leath Memorial Library events coordinator Debbie Knight, right, has her Captain America mask on alongside Loki Carriker, 11, of Rockingham, with his Hulk mask. Loki, coincidentally, is the name of Thor’s brother, and the villain in the first Avengers movie, in the Marvel comic universe. The Richmond County Public Library System is gearing up for its summer reading program, which began at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cole Auditorium.

Photo courtesy of Debbie Knight Almost 500 kids and adults packed the Cole Auditorium Wednesday morning to watch magician Mark Daniels perform during the first day of Richmond County Public Library System’s summer reading program. This year’s superhero-themed events are called “Every Story Has A Hero.”

Photo courtesy of Debbie Knight Kids, both young and old, watch Mark Daniels work his magic Wednesday at Cole Auditorium. The performance was the first of six for the Richmond County Public Library System’s summer reading program.

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