Libraries kick off summer reading programs

As the hot weather and summer freedom settles in at households around the county, parents looking for something fun and educational to do with their children might want to consider the summer reading programs taking place at libraries in King, Walnut Cove and Danbury.

This year’s summer reading program theme is “Every Hero Has a Story,” and each library will have a variety of educational, entertaining programs featured on that theme to help make reading fun. All programs are free and open to children of all ages and abilities.

“The main goal of our Summer Reading Program is to keep children reading and to help them continue to develop good reading habits and skills,” said Branch Librarian Christine boles. “Did you know that summer reading programs began in the 1890’s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the public library, and develop good reading habits?

“With a good book one never gets bored,” she added. “We can travel to faraway places, meet famous people, live our own fantasy life, cry or laugh at a good story, and entertain ourselves. If you cannot afford a vacation, read about your desired destination. Now that our library is part of the N.C. Cardinal system, we have access to over 5 million books and materials so if we do not have a book you really want to read, there is an excellent chance we can request the book from another Cardinal library in the state at no charge to you.

“Thank you to those in the community who help us with cash donations, food, prizes, and support of all types,” added Boles. “Without the help of our communities and the volunteers, it would not be possible to provide the outstanding programs we do. Special thanks to the United Fund of Stokes County and the North Carolina Arts Council.”

King Public Library

In King the festivities kicked off on June 17 with a hot dog lunch but will continue thoroughout the summer with programs featuring summer movies, Magical Storyteller Mark Daniel, Animal Heroes with the North Carolina State Zoo, Backyard Heroes with Marilyn McGee, Heroes Tales presented by Casey Nees, and the The Balloon Lady.

King Public Library will also offer a teen oriented reading program for rising sixth through twelfth graders with a theme of “Unmask.”

This program features Superhero BINGO, Jeopardy Heroes Unmasked, NC Zoo presents Animal Heroes, HERO Horse Rescue, and Celebrity Chef Nikki Miller-Ka.

An adult summer reading program with a theme of “Escape the ordinary,” will be held from June 22 until July 23. the program fetus a number of hero related movies for adults along with special programs which include an introduction to organic gardening with Randy Fulk, Adult Summer Reading Book BINGO, Don’t Worry, Be Happy! with David McMahon, N.D., HERO Horse Rescue, and Celebrity Chef Nikki Miller-Ka demonstrating ways to put a twist on Carolina favorites.

Walnut Cove Public Library

“The Walnut Cove Public Library is here to help,” said Boles. “Come in and join us for our Summer Reading Program June 29 through Aug. 6.”

Boles said programs would be held on Mondays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

On June 29 the library will have a Summer Reading Movie Day and Pizza Party featuring The Incredibles.

On July 6the program will be Stories that Sing with Bruce and Emily Burgess, followed by Heroic Craft Day on July 13, The Balloon Lady on July 20, Zelnik the Magician as the Amazing Magic Man on July 27 and The Creature Teacher on Aug. 3.

“We will be using the same online registration to record the children’s reading time as we did last year,” said Boles. “Participants will record the number of minutes they read instead of the number of books read. You can register a participant on our website at If you do not have internet access, please remember we have free public computers in the library to sign children up and we are here to help families have an enjoyable summer filled with reading good books.

Walnut Cove Public Library will also be holding Super Hero Movie Nights every Thursday starting July 2.

“This is always a fun time for the children to see a new movie and the best thing about the movies—they are free,” Said Boles. “No movie tickets to buy and we provide the popcorn.”

Movie presented during the series include Thor: The Dark World, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Big Hero 6.

Danbury Public Library

In Danbury, the Summer reading program kicks off with s String Celebration on June 22, followed by Zelnick the Magician on June 29, a presentation by the Natural Science Center on July 6, Art Adventures with James Allred on July 13,Casey’s Laugh and Learn on July 20, and a movie and snacks on July 27.

All programs are offered at both 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Two special Saturday programs are also being offered with the Sheriff’s Office on July 18 and the Fire Marshall on July 25.Both of those events will be held at 10:30 a.m.

“We also are starting an Adult Book Club that will meet on the last Tuesday of the month,” said Branch Librarian Lisa Lawless. “Our first meeting is June 30, and we will be discussing ‘The Last American Man’ by Elizabeth Gilbert. She also wrote ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ which was made into a movie starring Julia Roberts.

“‘The Last American Man’ is about Eustace Conway, star of the History Channel’s ‘Mountain Men’ show,” she added. “Eustace lives in Boone so he is an almost-local boy. We have copies available here at the library if anyone is interested.

For more information about any of the programs contact the Danbury Public Library at 336-593-2419, the Walnut Cove Public Library at 336-591-7496, or the King public Library at 336-983-3868, or visit

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.

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