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Summer Fun: Library Rocks!

I've been approached by multiple libraries to do events this summer, much to my delight! Anyone else spend much of their adolescence lost in a book? I did. With so much knowledge at our fingertips these days, is the library still relevant? The answer is YES, YES IT IS.

Local libraries are implementing "Library Rocks" this summer and I spoke with a few librarians to talk about what that is, and their experiences.

Meet Kenzia Lett from Union West Library in Indian Trail!

Krystle: "Can you tell me a little bit about the Library Rocks Program this summer?"

Kenzia: "Summer reading programs are designed to encourage elementary-aged children to keep reading during summer vacation. Preventing the“summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. For many families with elementary-aged children, the public library is the only community space available during the summer months where they can access free educational and cultural enrichment activities and programs.

The benefits of summer reading programming for children:

Children are motivated to read. (we hope) Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library. Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation. Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery. 2018 Collaborative Summer Reading Committee"

Krystle: "What kind of unique things do you have going on at the library this summer?"

Kenzia: "The theme this year is Libraries Rocks, so there are different ideas from our diverse children's staff.

All libraries in Union County will offer a variety of programs, here are just a few. Ocean Rocks, Self Defense, Science behind the Music, String painting and string instruments, Sing-a-long with books, Can music affect art?, Jurassic Extraction, BabyPUNK music and Nature sounds.

We will also be doing our Bookmark Contest, the kids use the theme of summer reading (Libraries Rock) and design a bookmark. The winners bookmark will be printed and available to library patrons for one year."

Krystle: "Why do think it's important youth stay engaged with the library?"

Kenzia: "The library is a great resource, and a great place to study and to study with friends.

Teens can even volunteer at the library."

Krystle: "Have you seen library culture shift in recent years? How?"

Kenzia: "Definitely, with all the electronic devices, we now offer Wi-Fi in the libraries so that patrons can use their own devices, the databases can offer you so many different avenues you can learn and explore languages, study for a driver’s exam, practice tests, etc. We have scanners, hot-spots, projectors, that you can borrow. Libraries have eBook’s, eAudio books, and more. It is not the library that I visited when I was younger. It is not even the same library from five years ago. We evolve with the ways of the future. You never know what type of technology you might find at the library, but, you can always count on the books on the shelves being there for you, too."

Stay tuned to next week to hear from Abbie Townsend from York County Library about the things their library is doing to connect the community and more!

You can find Pachyderm Music Lab at various libraries this summer! Here's our Library Rocks Schedule! These events are all free to the public!

June 6th 2:00 - 3:30pm: Lyrically Speaking at Union West Library

June 14th 5:00 - 6:00pm: Music Club Adult Jam at Hickory Grove Library

July 2nd 1:00 - 1:45pm: BabyPUNK at Union West Library

July 11th 1:45 - 2:30pm: Drum Circle at Union West Library

July 19th 4:00 - 6:00pm: Lyrically Speaking at York County Library

August 1st 9:00 - 9:45am: BabyPUNK at Hickory Grove Library

August 1st 10:00 - 10:45am: BabyPUNK at Hickory Grove Library

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