News & Announcements:
Summer Reading starts in June! This year’s theme is “Build a Better World,” kicking off on Saturday June 17th. As always, you can check out the full list of activities on our Events Calendar. We’ll highlight the events happening in June in this issue of the newsletter to make sure you’re ready to get started.
Reading over the summer isn’t just a great way to spend time during the dog days, it is important for maintaining reading skills that students build up over the course of the school year. We want to make sure that everyone takes advantage of the extra time for reading and library visits this summer – so we’re loading up on fun events, cool prizes, and fantastic books for all ages.
Read with friends – participate in Alamance Reads this summer. We are partnering with the Alamance County Public Libraries in support of the “Alamance Reads” initiative this summer. Alamance Reads is an opportunity for our community to come together to read, consider, and discuss a book. This year’s title is Animal, vegetable, miracle : a year of food life, by Barbara Kingsolver. Check out a copy at the library, and then join us for a discussion of the book on August 1st. The exact time and meeting location have not yet been announced – but we are hoping to host the discussion at the newly-opened Community Center if it is ready for us!
What’s Coming Up:
The Market at Gibsonville | Saturday, June 3 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – If you haven’t been to a First Saturday market in downtown Gibsonville, you have to check it out! Library staff will be on hand with activities, summer reading details, and info about Alamance Reads.
Summer Reading Kickoff | Saturday, June 17 from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Stop by the library for crafts, food, and a preview of our summer reading prizes! Most important – kids and teens can pick up their Summer Reading bags – inside you’ll find reading logs, activities, and all the details about what to expect this summer. Adults can track their reading, too, for the chance to win some prizes of their own.
Kindergarten – Grade 5:
After-School Activity: Optical Illusion Art | Thursday, June 01, 2017 at 4:00 PM – Create your own optical illusions in the last after-school program of the school year. Intended for elementary/middle school students.
Active Afternoons | Thursdays at 2:00 PM (June 22 & 29) – Each week during summer reading, we will have indoor and outdoor activities for school-age kids designed for fun and creativity. In June, we will create shadow art, expore water science, and put fun new twists on some classic games… giant-sized Kerplunk, anyone??
Birth – Pre-K:
Toddler Storytime | Wednesdays at 10:00 AM – Kids 3 and under and their caregivers are invited to come enjoy stories, fingerplays, and songs.
Pre-K Storytime | Wednesdays at 11:00 AM – This storytime, geared for 4-5 year olds, features stories, crafts and activities.
Special Summer Storytimes | Every other week during summer reading we will hold our storytimes at different locations around Gibsonville! We will visit Moricle Park on June 28 for our first special trip of the summer.
Teens (Grade 6-12):
Teen Service Tuesdays | Give back to your community during these special service days. Please sign up if you are interested, so we know how many helpers to expect. We will meet at the service locations below.
June 20, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Gibsonville Community Garden (614 Dick Street, Gibsonville, NC 27249) – Get ready to get dirty. We will be pulling weeds, picking vegetables, and doing whatever else needs doing at the community garden this morning.
July 25, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | John O. Harper Senior Center (400 Steele Street, Gibsonville, NC 27249) – Help build bookshelves, sort books, and organize a small lending library for use by the seniors at the center. There will be a variety of jobs to do in this project, all abilities welcome!