Blast off in June with Troutman library’s summer reading program for all ages
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Troutman folks can immerse themselves in “A Universe of Stories” this summer with its reading program at the J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library. A variety of program events run from June 15-July 27 at the Troutman and other branches of the Iredell County Public Library system.
Troutman program director Shellie Kennedy said the goal of the program is to keep kids and teens reading to avoid skill losses during the summer break. Choosing books that match their interests and hobbies will provide an enjoyable activity to avoid vacation days’ boredom.
Throughout June and July all library branches will feature programming for kids through adults age groups centered around space and the universe. Signups have begun for Summer Reading at the circulation desk at any branch.
Kids can also earn “library coins” to spend in the library’s “store” during the last week of the program.
Teens can earn tickets for weekly drawings for prizes and for a grand prize at the end of summer. Some events even earn double coins!
Coins or tickets can be earned by:
Registering for the summer reading program
Attending Kickoff (double coins)
Weekly reading log
Weekly activity sheet
One checkout receipt per week
Attending a library program
Referring a friend who signs up for Summer Reading
Attending Finale (double coins)
The summer reading kickoff party for the whole county will be at the new Iredell County Parks & Recreation Center (122 Grannis Lane) on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If folks have not signed up for the program, they can at this event.
Attendees can enjoy inflatables, games, raffles, and the chance to dunk the Library Director in a dunk tank. The Iredell County Museums, Animal Services, and Health Department will also share information and have interactive activities to enjoy.
The library is partnering with the Troutman Farmer’s Market for a Market Munchkins program this summer on the last Tuesday of each month. The June 25 program (4 to 5 p.m.) will feature a fun and interactive story time and a craft about the wonders of the farmer's market. Kids will make their own farmer's market basket to shop with.
In July kids will learn about bees and honey, followed by a program on veggies in August. The September program will feature exploration of arts and crafts.
On Maker Monday, June 10, kids can create Dinosaur Terrariums from 2 to 3 p.m. The Maker Mondays are switching to a new time for the summer months, and this activity makes a perfect Father’s Day gift. These fun terrariums will contain soil, plants, and dinosaurs.
Frolicking Fridays are back for the summer, starting with the Water Balloon Piñata on Friday, June 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. Kids of all ages can cool off and relax with our fun water activities.
On the June 17 Maker Monday, kids will enjoy Galaxy String Painting where they create a work of art using just paint and string.
On the June 22 Movie Day, a showing of Rogue One will begin at 2 p.m. In this Star Wars standalone prequel film, a group of unlikely ragtag heroes band together on a mission in a time of great conflict to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction.
This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
On the June 24 Maker Monday, kids will enjoy creating wiggly, jiggly Galaxy Slime from 2 to 3 p.m.
Frolicking Fridays is back on Friday, June 21, at 2 p.m. with the Water Balloon Piñata.
Kids can create Moon Rocks on Thursday, June 27, 11 a.m. to noon. Kids will paint their own rocks that are out of this world. Teens can create one-of-a-kind Galaxy Stones from 2 to 3 p.m.
On the June 28 Frolicking Friday, kids can engage in Sponge Wars from 2 to 3 p.m. The famous Battle of Sponges is back by popular demand. Be prepared to get wet and have fun!
On June 29, kids can learn about the Oreo Phases of the Moon from 2 to 3 p.m. Staff will help them learn about the moon with everyone's favorite cookie.
At Themes & Treats Books Club, members will discuss their True Crime selections on Wednesday, June 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hear about a real-life, intriguing mystery for a new summer read and enjoy discussion, coffee, and snacks provided by Troutman Friends of the Library.
The Adult Pinterest Craft Club will create Glass Blocks on Thursday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m. Participants will create a beautiful lamp using glass blocks which they can decorate to their taste to illuminate their homes. Registration is required for participants who must be over age 18.
Family movie day on June 18 features Wall-E from 2 to 4 p.m. In this animated classic, WALL-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth who spends his days cleaning the planet. After 700 years of work, WALL-E has developed a human-like personality and is lonely.
When he spots EVE, a shapely probe sent to Earth on a scanning mission, the lovesick WALL-E embarks on a great adventure when he follows EVE across the galaxy.
On June 26, the whole family can create reverse tie-dye shirts. Participants should bring their own dark color t-shirt to create a great summer casual fashion from 11 a.m. to noon.
Family Game Night on Tuesday, June 25, features Life Size CLUE from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Life Size CLUE event will require the whole family to solve this mystery. There's been a murder in the library, and it will be up to participants to find out who committed the crime, in which part of the library, and with what weapon.
A World of Water will program will be on Friday, June 28 from 11:00 to noon. Families can learn how to protect local waterways with tips from a Lake Norman park ranger.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER FOR AN ACTIVITY
For more information, call (704) 528-2682. Troutman Library, 215 W. Church St., Troutman.