Youth invited to build a better world

Library gearing up for summer reading program

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The theme of this year’s summer reading program at the Wilson County Public Library is “Build a Better World.”

Programs for children will be offered at all six locations and for teens at the main library, Lucama and Elm City.

• The Monday night programs at the main library kick off June 12 at 7 p.m. and will feature urban artist and planner Tom Dawson. He will engage the children in imagining what the city of Wilson may be like in the future. Dawson’s program will be presented thanks to a donation in memory of Paul Macrae Kushner.

• On June 19, families will meet in the BB&T parking lot on Broad Street for a “Touch a Truck” event with construction and community service vehicles. Will Bowman will also be face painting during the event.

• On June 26, the program will feature personal trainer Mark Davis. That event will be on the library lawn and will include fun physical activity.

• Because of the July 4 holiday, the summer reading program will move to Wednesday, July 5, that week for a “Too Tall Houses” program. Children will be competing in a building challenge with craft sticks and clothespins.

• On July 10, children will enjoy an evening of crafting with artist Victoria Sexton. Each child can craft a flower fairy or monster doll during the program and is encouraged to participate by bringing fairy houses, constructed at home, to the library for a chance to win prizes.

• The summer reading program wraps up at the main library on July 17 with a magic performance by Joy the Clown. The finale is funded in memory of Josephine Macrae Warden.

Prior to most evening children’s events, the Tobs and their mascot, Slugger, will offer chances to receive game tickets and other prizes. To participate, families must arrive early and be present to win.


Branch programs for children will be held at Black Creek on Mondays (3 p.m.), Elm City (3 p.m.) and Lucama (4 p.m.) on Tuesdays, East on Wednesdays (3 p.m.) and Stantonsburg (3 p.m.) on Thursdays. The East branch programs will be held at the American Legion building at 700 New Bern St.

Teen programs at the main library will be held on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in the assembly room, from June 13 to July 25. Teens are invited to participate in Summer for the Little Free Library project, making hats and scarves for the community, building worldly relationships through pen pals and using yoga to build a better mind, body and soul. On Teen Movie Nights see “Star Wars: Rogue One” and “The Space Between Us.”

The Lucama Library teen programs will be held on Thursdays at 4 p.m., June 15 to July 27. Teens will be recycling and repurposing different items to make crafts and art projects that include making flower pots out of CD cases, tie-dyeing T-shirts, repurposing fabric to make toys for furry friends, and creating sculptures out of recyclable items. The most delicious programs, planners say, will be edible architecture and salsa-tasting using herbs grown from the library community garden.

The Elm City Library teen programs will be held on Thursdays at 2 p.m. from June 15 to July 27. The hands-on programs will include ceramic tile art, soap-carving, candy-making and CD scratch art. The final two programs are Popsicle stick chain reaction and fidget spinners. There will be no teen programs the week of July 4. All programs require registration.


Lapsit programs will continue throughout the summer at the main library. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, children who are birth through 2 years of age are invited to the programs offered at 9:30 a.m. Preschool-age programs follow at 10 a.m.

The bookmobile will offer short, fun, hands-on programs at its regular stops in Rock Ridge, Sims and Saratoga in June and July.