Jonesville, Elkin libraries kick off summer reading


By Wendy Byerly Wood - [email protected]



While area students may be out of school for the summer, that doesn’t mean the learning and fun has to stop. Area libraries will be kicking off their summer reading programs over the next couple of weeks, with activities for all ages, including adults.

This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!,” and features exercise and sports mixed with reading topics.

Summer reading activities at the Jonesville Public Library, now located on N.C. 67 at 560 Winston Road, begin Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Mark Daniels, the magical storyteller. All of the events are free, and participants have a chance to win prizes.

Other Jonesville programs include June 21, Steve Summers with The Amazing Teacher; June 28, Carolina Magicians; July 12, Cara Zara Hula Hoop; July 20 (a Wednesday), Science Tellers; and July 26, Fli-Rite Learning. The end-of-summer picnic will be held Aug. 2.

Also, a reading contest will be held for ages preschool through sixth grade as part of the Jonesville program. For more information, call the library at 336-835-7604.

At the Elkin Public Library, three levels of summer reading will have activities — school-age; tweens and teens; and adults.

The school-age programs will be held each Thursday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with participants choosing which time works best for them. It will kick off June 16 with Madcap Puppets, the Monsters of Baseball.

Other school-age programs include June 23, at the Elkin Municipal Park, Dakota & Friends with Amazing Dinosaurs with Ed Bounds; June 30, Karate International, six sessions with 30 minutes of movement and martial arts, those participating need to call for reservations; July 7, no program; July 14, ScienceTellers “Power & Energy” with what makes us move and powers the world; July 21, Balloon Lady Donna Pruett; and July 28, Jack & Kitty, Emmy award-winning organic vaudeville folk duo.

For the tweens and teens, geared for youth in grades sixth through 12th, programs will begin June 16 with Live Action Angry Birds with Casey’s Laugh and Learn from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The theme will be “Get in the Game, Read!”

Other programs include June 23, DIY Mini-Golf at the library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; June 30, Ready, Set, Splash! with water-themed relay races at Elkin Municipal Park playing field behind the baseball fields from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; July 14, Caleb Sigmon, illusionist and storyteller, with a magic workshop from 5:30 to 6 p.m. for tweens and teens only and “Method to my Madness” show from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. for tweens, teens and adults; July 21, Teen Iron Chef, with registration required beginning July 1 and limited spaces available, from 4 to 5 p.m.; July 28, Yoga with Jack and Kitty from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

A teen lock-in will be held July 29 from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. July 30 with games, crafts, food and a midnight trip to the move theater. The event is free, but admission is earned by reading and program participation. Pick-up a Bingo sheet at the Elkin Public Library.

For adults, the theme is centered around “Exercise your mind. Read!” Activites begin Saturday from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. with a free Zumba class with Tabitha Sellars. Sign up at the front desk, email Kasey Nowalk at [email protected] or call 336-835-5586.

Other programs for the adults include:

• June 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m., a adult coloring party will be held at the Elkin Public Library as part of the adult summer reading program theme “Exercise your mind. Read!” There will be adult coloring pages, music, door prizes, food and drinks, free. For more information, call 336-835-5586.

• June 18, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Book Club for Professionals & Leaders will hold its first session at the Elkin Public Library as part of the adult summer reading program theme “Exercise your mind. Read!” The book studied is “Wooden on Leadership” by John Wooden, and the goal is to help professionals improve their leadership skills. Books are available to check out at the front desk. To sign up, see the front desk, email Kasey at [email protected] or call 336-835-5586.

• June 20, 6:45 to 8 p.m., Book Club for Professionals & Leaders will hold its second session at the Elkin Public Library as part of the adult summer reading program theme “Exercise your mind. Read!” The book studied is “Wooden on Leadership” by John Wooden, and the goal is to help professionals improve their leadership skills. Books are available to check out at the front desk. To sign up, see the front desk, email Kasey at [email protected] or call 336-835-5586.

• June 25, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., a free yoga class with Yoga on Main will be held at the Elkin Public Library as part of the adult summer reading program theme “Exercise your mind. Read!” To sign up, see the front desk, email Kasey at [email protected] or call 336-835-5586.

• June 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m., book art with Katie will be held at the Elkin Public Library as part of the adult summer reading program theme “Exercise your mind. Read!” Participants will create a work of art with a book and folded pages, free. To sign up, see the front desk, email Kasey at [email protected] or call 336-835-5586.

• July 11, 7 to 9 p.m., Benefits of Essential Oils with Sue Blalock will be held at the Elkin Public Library as part of the adult summer reading program theme “Exercise your mind. Read!” Learn about the benefits of essential oils and take home a free gift. To sign up, see the front desk, email Kasey at [email protected] or call 336-835-5586.

• July 14, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., Method to My Madness Show will be held at the Elkin Public Library as part of the tween, teen and adult summer reading program theme “Exercise your mind. Read!” Be entertained by illusionist and storyteller Caleb Signmon. Free for those ages 12 and older. For more information, call 336-835-5586.

• July 16, 10:30 to noon, Strategies in Chess with Chris Mabe will be held at the Elkin Public Library as part of the adult summer reading program theme “Exercise your mind. Read!” Get tips and game techniques from a professional chess player, free. To sign up, see the front desk, email Kasey at [email protected] or call 336-835-5586.

• July 18, 6:45 to 8 p.m., Book club meeting on “Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics” by Jeremy Schaap will be held at the Elkin Public Library as part of the adult summer reading program theme “Exercise your mind. Read!” To sign up, see the front desk, email Kasey at [email protected] or call 336-835-5586.

• July 23, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Book club meeting on “Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics” by Jeremy Schaap will be held at the Elkin Public Library as part of the adult summer reading program theme “Exercise your mind. Read!” To sign up, see the front desk, email Kasey at [email protected] or call 336-835-5586.

• July 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m., book art with Katie will be held at the Elkin Public Library as part of the adult summer reading program theme “Exercise your mind. Read!” Participants will create a work of art with a book and folded pages, free. To sign up, see the front desk, email Kasey at [email protected] or call 336-835-5586.

• July 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Organic music with Jack and Kitty will be held at the Elkin Public Library as part of the adult summer reading program theme “Exercise your mind. Read!” Free session with acoustic singer-songwriter of folk music influenced by traditional styles like jug band, ragtime and early American country. To sign up, see the front desk, email Kasey at [email protected] or call 336-835-5586.

• Aug. 1, 7 to 8:30 p.m., end of summer coloring party will be held at the Elkin Public Library as part of the summer reading program theme “Exercise your mind. Read!” There will be coloring pages for all ages, door prizes and refreshments, free. For more information, call 336-835-5586.

For more information about the Elkin Public Library’s summer reading programs, call 336-835-5586. The library is located at 111 N. Front St., Elkin.

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

By Wendy Byerly Wood

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Elkin Tribune
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