Summer reading is in full swing and there are lots of fun events to come.
This year, the summer reading theme is Tales and Tails. What could be more focused than an adult program presented by Dr Michael Hicks of the Hicks Animal Clinic? Join us at 11 a.m. on July 1 in the Warner Room for a fun presentation on how to take care of your pets.
On July 15, K-9 Officer Bucky will be in the library with his master. Instead of enforcing the law, Bucky the Bloodhound specializes in finding lost people. He and his partner will start at 2 p.m. in the Warner Boardroom, then step outside for a demonstration of his research skills.
This program is intended for adults and families. Summer readings are from June 11 to July 31. Adults can hand in their booklet each week for a prize. The grand prizes will be awarded on August 2.
Or the local history librarian has provided a wonderful opportunity for community members to tell their stories and record a slice of history for the future. On June 30, July 2, and July 3, you can come interview someone you love or just tell your story and preserve your memories, thoughts, and voice for future generations. The Lashann Library Volunteer, Oral History Facilitator / Coordinator, will help you through the process. Please email Traci Thompson at [email protected] to schedule a participation time.
On July 19, the library welcomes Michael K. Brantley to talk about his new book, “Galvanized: The Odyssey of a Reluctant Carolina Confederate”. Brantley writes about his great-great-grandfather Wright Steven Batchelor’s experiences as a soldier, prisoner, and Civil War survivor.
It’s a program you don’t want to miss. The book has been nominated for the Sam Ragan Nonfiction Award and the Wiley-Silver Prize for Best Civil War Book of 2020. The program begins at 5:30 pm in the Wiley Boardroom.
Kids can celebrate the Tales and Tails summer reading program with two virtual programs presented by the North Carolina Zoo. Details will be available on our website and Facebook for timetables and Zoom links. On July 21, we host Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show. Tommy plans to watch his uncle Fumpernutter perform a magic show. When his uncle cannot be found, Tommy takes over. Working from instructions in the massive Magician’s Handbook, Tommy’s magic tricks work in wacky and unexpected ways. Take part in the fun of this pre-recorded program. Watch for details on the library’s website.
The summer months provide a wonderful opportunity for families to spend time reading together. Childhood is fleeting. Children will remember the time spent sharing stories and books long after the opportunity to read with them has passed. Enjoy a good book this summer. Visit the library and discover a wide selection. Take out whatever you want and read the ones you love. Then turn them over and start over.
Catherine Roche is the director of the Braswell Memorial Library.