The 2019 Summer Reading Program A Universe of Stories  begins May 30th and runs through July.

Storytimes & Book Clubs

Storytime & Craft (ages 3 to 8)– Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.  Join us for stories, rhymes, puppet shows and crafts that celebrate our summer reading program theme.

Lapsit Storytime Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m.  Beginning June 7 (no storytime July 5)   This storytime is specifically designed for babies and children ages birth to 3 and features stories, rhymes, songs, finger plays and a simple craft.

JF Book Club (ages 8 to 12) Check-out the book of the month, read and join us for our next book club.  During book club there will be socializing, snacks, & of course we will discuss the latest book.  (Check calendar for titles.)

Teen Book Club (ages 13-18) – June 10, 24, July 8 at 3:30 p.m.   – Join other teens who enjoy reading and discussing books.  (Check calendar for titles.)

Summer Reading Challenge

Pick up a reading log and start reading.  Stellar summer readers will earn rewards for each 5 books read.  Build rewards, earn prizes, and get you name on the wall of stars as you receive rewards for your reading success.  Sponsors include Burger King, McDonald’s Applebee’s, Sonic, Santa Fe, Laser Zone, McSwain Theatre, & Taco Bell.  Summer Reading bags provided by Sonic America’s Drive-In.

Special Programs

Extreme Animals Thursday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. –A wildly entertaining show filled with exotic animals that are sure to entertain and educate.

Magic Show – Thursday, June 6, at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Magician John Pansze brings his laughter filled show to the library.

“Take Me to Your Library” with Monty Harper – Thursday, June 13, at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.  An interactive musical performance with songs created especially for our reading program theme.

Destination Moon with Mad ScienceThursday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Mad Science of Oklahoma brings a show that will ignite imagination, fun and learning.  Experience space vacuums, principles of flight and even astronaut training.

Puppet Magic – Thursday, June 27, at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. with Ventriloquist Gary Howell A mixture of ventriloquism, puppets, and magic.

Magician – Thursday, July 11, at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.   Magician Chris Capstone brings his vaudeville style magic to the Library. 

String Stories with David Titus – July 18, at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. The string man shares stories told through string creations.    Each participant will receive a string and become an interactive part of the show.

Sign-up Workshops & Craft

Star Shaped Tie-Dye – Saturday, June 1st at 10:30 a.m.  Participants will learn the basics of creating a star shaped tie-dye design and will create a uniquely colored bandana to keep. Sign-up required – Limit 30

Space Training Academy – June 3rd at 10:30 a.m.  1:30 p.m. (Kids of all ages)  Are you prepared for space?  Can you make it through the challenge course?  Will you be ready for weightlessness?  Will your rocket fly & what about food?  Join us to find out!  Sign-up required – Limit 40

Sun Power – Wednesday, June 5, at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. (ages 7 & up)  ECU Professor Doug Weirick presents a fun and educational presentation on renewable energy from the sun and wind.  Learn about solar power and explore wind energy with hands on experience using wind turbines. Sign-up required – Limit 25

LEGO Club – June 7 – 10:30 a.m. (ages 5-7) or 1:30 p.m. (ages (8-up) (Sign-up requested.)
Galactic Slime – Saturday, June 18th at 10:30 a.m. Slime making is all the rage and this experience is sure to be out of this world! Sign-up required – Limit 30

Stellar Crafts – June 17, at 10:30 a.m. (ages 4 to 7) or 1:30 p.m. (ages 8 and up) Create a personal telescope. Sign-up required – Limit 30

Kids Create – June 19 at 10:30 a.m. (ages 6 to 16) A creative workshop presented by your local Home Depot. Sign-up required – Limit 25

Out of This World Fun and Food – June 26, at 10:30 a.m. (ages 4-7) or 1:30 p.m. (ages 8 & up) Join the Chickasaw Nation Get Fresh Nutrition Education program for a fun event filled with games and food. Sign-up required – Limit 40

Robotics – June 13th, & 25 – July 11th & 25th at 3:30 p.m. (ages 9 and up) Learn the basics of robotics and coding. Sign-up is required – Limit 15

Cosmic Cupcakes – July 1, at 10:30 a.m. (ages 4 to 7) or 1:30 p.m. (ages 8 and up)  For all those who enjoy decorating cupcakes and eating them this event will be amazing! Bring 5 un-iced cupcakes! Sign-up required – Limit 40

Galaxy Sensory Craft – July 10th at 10:30 a.m. (ages 6 to 7) or 1:30 p.m. (ages 8 and up)   Participants will create a sensory bottle that will sparkle and shine like the stars.  Sign-up required – Limit 30

Space Junk Art – July 15, at 10:30 a.m. (ages 4 to 7) or 1:30 p.m.  (ages 8 and up)  What can you create with space junk?  Join us for a makerspace filled with leftover craft supplies and junk that allow you to explore and create. Sign-up required – Limit 40

Game On – June 12 or July 17, at 10:30 a.m. (Ages 6 to 7) or 1:30 p.m. (ages 8 and up) Join in the gaming fun.  Video games on the Wii, Xbox, and PS2, board games, snacks and hanging out with friends will be part of the fun. Sign-up required – Limit 25

Movies and Popcorn – Summer movies that include popcorn and drink are always a hit! Check the summer reading program calendar for titles, times and ratings. June 14 , 21, 28, July 12, 18, and 26th at 1:30 p.m.


  1. Laura on November 16, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Will the events for kids remain the same for beginning of 2019?

    • Debbie on January 9, 2019 at 3:03 pm

      Yes, our regularly scheduled events will be the same through the end of April 2019. Our summer program will be held in June and July.