Snakes, magic and storytelling abound at library’s summer programs

LAURINBURG — Readers of all ages will explore heroes this summer as Scotland County Memorial Library presents “Every Hero Has a Story” during its summer reading program. Activities include programs on snakes, creepy critters and night predators, fantasies in literature, unique animals, dream jobs, and magic.

The Summer Reading Program is open to kids preschool through middle school age. All programs are free of charge.

The fun begins with “Community Day at the Library” on Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. Organizations, clubs, and camps from all over the county will present exciting options for kids during the summer while different county and city departments share safety tips and fun activities.

The summer reading program with kick off with Jeff Jones on June 24 with two shows, the first at 10:30 a.m. and the second at 1:30 p.m. In “The Magic Hero within You,” Jeff highlights all types of heroes and focuses on the greatest superpower of all — reading! The program features audience interaction, family-friendly humor and mind-blowing magic.

The Carolina Raptor Center will present “Predators of the Sky” at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on July 1 featuring hawks, owls, and an eagle. Learn what makes raptors unique in the avian world and explore what actions can be taken to make a difference for wildlife and our environment. Then check out the many books the library offers on birds of prey and North Carolina wildlife.

The Bright Star Touring Theatre will perform two shows on July 8, the first at 10:30 a.m. and the second performance at 1:30 p.m. The 45-minute live theater will feature the hilarious renditions of some of the best from the Grimm Brothers’ iconic works. Performers will bring to life Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin and The Elves and the Shoemaker.

On July 15 at 2 p.m., a number of Scotland County’s local heroes (police, fire, EMT and more) will present a program of books, stories, and excitement.

Ron Cromer will return with his “Snakes Alive” program on July 20, with programs at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The first half of the program is an orientation lecture, and the second half is a hands-on session. Topics include the dispelling of common myths associated with snakes, the proper way to handle a snake, pattern identification, an overview of a snake’s anatomy and characteristics, and a strong warning concerning the handling of snakes found in the wild. The hands-on session is an opportunity to hold and pet more than a dozen tamed snakes. This session concludes with a finale of a giant python available for holding and petting — but have no fear, a snake-free zone will be provided for those who do not feel comfortable participating in the petting session.

On July 29 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., the Mad Scientist will deliver unique, hands-on science experiences for children that are as entertaining as they are educational. Mad Science encourages scientific literacy in children in an age when science is as vital as reading, writing and arithmetic.

Tyris Jones, a Laurinburg native, will present an exciting storytelling program on August 5 at 2 p.m. He will not only tell tall tales, folk tales and original stories, he also stresses the importance of reading to children and parents alike.

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