Libraries plan magic, science shows

Matt Harrelson | Daily Journal Brandon Medina, 8, of Marston, reads a comic book about The Flash in Leath Memorial Library. The Richmond County Library System’s summer reading program will be superhero-themed this year.

Matt Harrelson | Daily Journal Some of the prizes that will be up for grabs by simply checking out a book this summer will be rubber ducks dressed up as popular superheros and villains such as Batman, Aquaman and The Penguin, among others.

ROCKINGHAM — Not only will movie theaters be filled with superheros this summer, but Richmond County libraries will see their fair share of caped crusaders and ironmen during the summer reading program set to kick off July 1 at Cole Auditorium with the theme “Every Story Has A Hero.”

The 2015 program will be at the auditorium on the campus of Richmond Community College due to the overwhelming number of children who participated in last year’s events, said Leath Memorial Library event coordinator Debbie Knight.

“Libraries in Rockingham, Hamlet and Ellerbe weren’t big enough to accommodate the large amount of kids,” she said.

Knight, working in conjunction with Cole Auditorium and Discovery Place Kids, knew the larger building would provide ample room for the youngsters.

From 10 to 11 a.m. each Wednesday from July 1 through Aug.5 there will be some form of entertainment for the large number of children who participate in the program.

On July 1, magician Mark Daniels will bring his act to the stage at Cole followed by ventriloquist Steven Bogan on July 8. The following Wednesday — July 15 — will bring the Mad Science group that 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 bring their talents to Richmond County again.

The summer reading program will wrap up from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 5 at Discovery Place Kids in downtown Rockingham. All the kids and DPK staffers will wear their favorite superhero costume or T-shirt. Knight said those attending the final day at DPK will have to have their “I’m a super reader” band on to get in free. Knight and her staff will be in front of the building handing them out.

Kemp Library in Ellerbe will also feature Mad Science, Rock Star Magic, Mark Daniels and Steve Bogan during each Tuesday in July.

Knight said superhero-themed prizes will be available to be won throughout the summer by simply checking out a book at any county library.

“Each day will be a different prize,” Knight said. “They can get prizes by checking out books. It doesn’t matter whether it’s one book or 20. Super readers are super leaders, so come in and check something out.”

The summer reading program is for babies up to fifth-graders, Knight said, but anybody up to a senior in high school is eligible to win a prize. Some of the superhero prizes include rubber ducks, pencils, lollipops, Frisbees, backpacks, water bottles, mood cups that change colors, earbuds and gliders that can be put together and flown across the room.

To register for the summer reading program, go to, and for more information on the summer program and other events for the Richmond County Public Library System, call 910-895-6337 or 910-582-3477.

Reach reporter Matt Harrelson at 910-817-2674, listen to him at 12:10 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on WAYN 900 AM and follow him on Twitter @mattyharrelson.