The King Public Library sponsored a trip to Roll-R-King, located on Old Highway 52 South in Rural Hall, for rising kindergarten through twelfth grade students on July 13.
Gretchen Parker, assistant branch librarian, headed up the party efforts, noting that the idea for the party came from the statewide summer librarian theme.
“Our summer reading theme is On your mark! Get set! Read! The idea came from keeping the kids’ minds and bodies active,” Parker said.
In order to attend the shindig, all students had to read a total of three hours and record the hours on a skate party log, with the party lasting for three hours as well. Parker explained that the three hours of reading time was the payment for the event.
Parker said that the event was without a doubt a success, noting that out of the 300 kids that signed up for the reading program at the beginning of the summer, 120 children, and some adults, attended the party at Roll-R-King.
“We were very pleased with the outcome, we were expecting about 50,” Parker said.
Funding for the event was provided in part by the Stokes County Arts Council and the United Way of Stokes County, in addition to local businesses.
Aside from the party itself, those who attended were automatically entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card from Walmart, with winners in all three age groups, elementary, teens and adults.
As for the location of the event, Parker said that Roll-R-King provided a discount for the library and helped orchestrate the whole event.
“Being a small community, we have a lot of people who help out and point us in the right direction,” Parker said.
Some students brought their own roller skates; however most used stakes provided by the facility and were reminded not to forget their socks.
Upcoming events for the King Public Library include:
-Family Movie Mondays at 10:30 a.m. through the end of July
-On your mark! Get set! Move! At 10 a.m. on July 22
-Exercise Your Mind by Coloring (for adults) July 25 at 6 p.m.
-The Balloon Lady on July 27 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
—Teen Pizza and Movie Night on July 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Aila Boyd can be reached at 276-233-6746.