“Libraries Rock,” according to Mount Airy Public Library’s summer reading program of the same name, which began registering participants on Monday.
The program, aimed at keeping kids engaged with reading and learning during their summer break from school, is employing a music/rock theme to keep things interesting.
Highlights of the summer program include a “MAPL (Mount Airy Public Library) Rocks” concert, complete with audition and rehearsal, a la television music competition shows like “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent,” according to library assistant Angela Llewellyn.
Auditions for the concert begin the summer program on Thursday, June 14, at 1 p.m.
“We’re looking for anything that uses music,” said Llewellyn. “We want singers, but not just singers. We’re looking for any kind of musical act. Singing, dancing, playing an instrument, juggling, cheering, plate spinning, any talent with a musical theme.”
The auditions on Thursday will whittle the number of acts down to a manageable number, a rehearsal the following Thursday, June 21, will refine them, and the MAPL concert will be on Thursday, June 28. (All of the programs are on Thursdays at 1 p.m.)
“You don’t have to come to every single program. We leave it to you to come to the events that interest you,” said Llewellyn. “Registration is open throughout the summer.”
The first 400 kids to register will receive a themed swag bag filled with goodies. (Last year’s program had 421 participants so supplies are limited.) The plastic drawstring bag is reusable, suitable for ferrying books back and forth all summer, and is filled with a reading record to keep track of summer reading, one of three rock-themed bandanas, a “Daily Beat” newsletter, sunglasses suitable for a rock star, a bookmark, a kazoo (useful for a kazoo lesson and concert on July 5), a pencil and a temporary tattoo (also rock-star approved).
“We’re taking a road trip, too,” said Llewellyn. “That’s new this year.” The kids will be touring WPAQ and WSYD where they will watch a broadcast and learn how it’s done on July 19 at 1 p.m.
Other programs include Captain Jim the Pirate and his magic show on July 12 and a Dewey Decimal Players performance of “The Bandits” on July 26. The week following the end of the summer reading program will bring a Young Actors Drama Camp July 30 through Aug. 3 for students ages 7-19, where they’ll do skits, improvs, sketches and generally work at getting comfortable in front of people.
“They’ll get some skills under their belts,” said Llewellyn. “No audition is necessary. Just show up.”
Aside from the library’s summer reading program, but integral to its success, is a used book sale sponsored by Friends of the Library on June 13 and 14 featuring juvenile/young adult titles, and some adult fiction. Funds from the Friends finance the summer reading program along with other library programs.
“The Friends funded the paid acts, all the supplies and decorations, food events, and they volunteer at the desk,” said Llewellyn. “We could not do what we do without them. I would be adrift.”
A website is available for kids to access ebooks if they are not able to come to the library. It’s at nckids.overdrive.com
“They have 3,000 books you can read with a Kindle, a Nook, a phone or a computer,” said Llewellyn. “All you need is a library card and a pin number (both available at the library).”
Mount Airy Public Library is at 145 Rockford St. Summer reading program events are on Thursdays, June 21 – July 26, at 1 p.m. Auditions for MAPL Rocks are Thursday, June 14. Used book sale is June 13 and 14. Young Actors Drama Camp is Monday through Friday, July 30 – Aug. 3 for students 7-19 years old. Call 336-789-5108 for more information.
Reach Bill Colvard at 336-415-4699.