The kick-off for this year’s Summer Reading Program starts Monday at the Mount Airy Public Library. The seven-week program is themed, “Night.”
Angela Llewellyn, who heads up the free program, said it will be held on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
On Monday at 6 p.m., there will be a ghost story creative writing workshop for middle school students through adults.
Llewellyn said anyone who would like to bring photos that are in a mat, but not framed, of things associated with night, such as lightning bugs, sunset and fireworks, to the library, there will be a photography reception on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The photos will be displayed in the multipurpose room for the rest of the summer. Light refreshments will be served during the reception.
On Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., a program called, “Americas Next Top Monster” will be held for kids and teens. There will be a monster fashion show.
“The kids can walk down the runway strutting their monster creations. We will give out prizes for kids and teens who have the most creative, are the scariest monster and who gives the best performance as a monster,” said Llewellyn.
On Thursday, the summer reading program begins with Brack Llewellyn as the lead performer. He will tell stories with the theme “Dream Big.”
On June 21, Teresa Wilkens, a local cooperative extension agent, will do a program about animals that come out at night.
On June 28, there will be a program about the night sky, astronomy, star gazing and the planets.
On July 5, there will be a “Camp In” instead of camp out. Local storyteller Mike Lowe will delight kids with his storytelling and those in attendance will sing camp songs and eat s’mores.
On July 12, there will be a pajama party.
“We are asking kids to come in their PJs to hear bedtime stories together. We will also have breakfast together. There will be a cereal bar with juice. We are also asking parents to donate new pjs and slippers to the children’s center,” said Llewellyn.
On July 19, the Dewey Decimal Players will perform the play “Ghost of Camp Hollow.” The play was written by local storyteller Brack Llewellyn.
“It’s about campers that gather around a fire each night and tell stories — one night becomes a little too real,” said Llewellyn.
The last performance is called “Zombie Sleep Over,” which was also written by Brack Llewellyn.
“It’s about a group of girls that hear that zombies are on the loose. It’s fun to watch the girls prepare to fight off the zombies,” said Llewellyn.
Free Movies on Monday begins on June 18. The movies will be on the lawn of the library at 8:45 p.m. or as soon as it gets dark. The movies are as follows.
• June 18 — “Finding Nemo”
• June 25 — “Monster’s Ink”
• July 22 — “WallE”
• July 9 — “Beauty and the Beast”
• July 16 — “Lion King”
• July 23 — “A bug’s life”
• July 30 — “Madagascar”
Llewellyn encourages those who want to attend to bring blankets or lawn chairs.
She said July 30 through Aug. 3, there will be a drama camp for kids 7- to 18-years-old starting at 1 p.m. each day. This is a free program.
For more information, call 789-5108 or go to www.nwrl.org.
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