ROCKINGHAM — You probably shouldn’t cut an electric-guitar riff inside one of them, but Richmond County’s three main libraries want you to know they’ll “rock” this summer with reading selections, activities and prizes.
Kickoff will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 26, at Leath Memorial Library, 412 E Franklin St., Rockingham.
The event will feature live music from the Safety Committee, a video-game truck, two bouncy houses (wet and dry), as well as games and information from numerous community agencies. Vendors will be on site, selling food and drinks, and movies will be shown inside the library at 9:30 a.m. and noon.
Each family who wants to participate in summer reading may visit the libraries’ website at www.srls.info to register and create an account to log books and time spent reading. Or scan the libraries’ QR Code from a smartphone, and visit the webpage.
Summer reading is divided into four age groups: pre-K, for children up to age 4; children, for those 5 to 12; teen, for those 13 to 17; and adult, for those 18 and older. All age groups are eligible for prizes, which are on display in the atrium of Leath library and include inflatable guitars to gardening goods.
Following is information on summer reading at each library:
Hamlet Public Library, 302 Main St., Hamlet, 910-582-3477.
Craft classes: 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 26 through Aug. 9. Twenty-five people per class. Sign up at the library.
Special events on Wednesdays: 10 a.m. July 11, “Panning for Gold”; 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. July 18, “Mad Science” (please register in advance); 10 a.m. July 25, “Rocking with Richmond County Band”; 10 a.m. Aug. 1, rock climbing and fire department demonstrations.
Kemp Memorial Library, 279 Second St., Ellerbe, 910-652-6130.
Special programs, 10 a.m. Mondays: July 9, “Rocking with Stories”; July 16, painting friendship rocks; July 23, “Rocks that Shine”; July 30, building bird houses; Aug. 6, “Rock Around the Clock”; Aug. 13, water day grand finale.
Movie days, 10 a.m. Fridays: July 6, 13, 20, 27; Aug. 3 and 10.
Leath Memorial Library, 412 E Franklin St., Rockingham, 910-895-6337.
Special programs, 10 a.m. Tuesdays: June 26, July 3 and July 10, crafts (limited to 50 children each); July 17, “Rocking with Stories”; July 24, “Rock Your Moves”; July 31, “Rocking Our Past”; Aug. 7, “Exploring the Magic of Music”; Aug. 14, water day grand finale. To participate, stop by the library in advance to pick up a wristband for each program you wish to attend.
Young-adult program, 1 p.m. Aug. 7, “Magic in the Air.” Wristbands required. Must be 12 or older to attend.
Movie Fridays, 10 a.m. June 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27; Aug. 3, 10.
Great American Read, Public Broadcasting System: Visit www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/ to watch a video outlining the program, take quizzes on the books you read and choose the nation’s “favorite” book from the 100 listed. Leath Library has placed all of the books on the PBS list in a special area for easy access.