Library Notes: Library holds Kindergarten Readiness workshop at end of summer reading – Salisbury Post

Rowan Public Library

While last week marked the end of several Rowan Public Library summer reading programs, the fun isn’t over yet! There are still activities and events to enjoy for all age groups. As the library winds down towards the summer reading finales, here’s a look at the programs and events you can enjoy this week.

Although the children’s summer reading programs have ended, children are still invited to participate in the Spyglass Scavenger Hunt at any RPL branch until July 30. Visit the children’s room of the nearest or favorite library branch to craft a spyglass and hunt for hidden sea creatures. Children are also encouraged to keep logging their reading hours to win prizes. To be eligible for prizes, children’s reading hours must be submitted in READsquared by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. The winners of the summer reading for children and adults will be announced at noon on Wednesday, August 3 during the pre-recorded virtual final.

For parents and children, it is hard to believe that summer is coming to an end and that school will soon resume! RPL invites parents and their kindergarten students to a special workshop at RPL’s head office in Salisbury on Wednesday July 27 at 6 p.m. The library is offering a one-day workshop that will focus on the ABCs and 123s of Kindergarten Readiness. It will also focus on the practical skills your child will need, from buttoning their coat to carrying a meal tray. The goal of this workshop is to help you and your child feel more comfortable and prepared to enter “big school” for the first time.

During this event, babysitting will be provided on site and light refreshments will be served. There will also be door prizes. We look forward to helping you and your child begin this journey of lifelong learning. For more information on “Early Literacy, Kindergarten Readiness,” contact Kimber at [email protected]

Summer reading for teens

Teen customers, going from sixth to 12e students (ages 11-17), have more summer reading activities to enjoy this week. Teenagers are invited to play a tabletop role-playing session at the RPL headquarters in Salisbury on Tuesday July 26 at 6 p.m. . Can you work together to save the day?

Teens are also invited to attend the Teen Summer Reading Finals and National Teen Lockdown on Friday, July 29 from 6-9:30 p.m. Rowan County teens are encouraged to join their peers in having fun after hours at Rowan Public Library Headquarters in Salisbury. There will be food, games, crafts, virtual author chats and more. Authorization slips are required to enter Lock-In and can be picked up and returned to any RPL location.

Teens can start arriving between 6-6:30 p.m. to check in and enjoy refreshments. Activities begin at 6:30 p.m. and winners of the Teen Summer Reading Awards will be announced at 9 p.m. Winners do not need to be present at the padlock to win. The lockdown will end at 9:30 p.m. and all teenagers must be picked up by 10 p.m. For teens to be in the running for summer reading awards, make sure your summer reading times are entered before midnight on Sunday, July 24., through ReadSquared. If you have any questions, please contact Young Adult Librarian Amanda Brill at 704-216-8268 or [email protected].

Summer reading for adults

There are still a few summer reading activities to enjoy this week for adults 18 and older (including 2022 high school graduates). On Tuesday, July 26 at 6 p.m., join RPL Headquarters in Salisbury for ‘Book Bites Book Club’. July’s book discussion highlights Yann Martel’s “La vie de Pi”. This club meets in person at the RPL headquarters in Salisbury and live via Zoom; attendees can access via video/audio. For event or Zoom information, contact Paulette at [email protected]

Adult customers who wish to submit their short story for the “Possibilities Short Story Competition” must submit their final version by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 24. Writers aged 18 and over are invited to submit a short story that shows the magic of the possible. Eligible entries must be original works in prose in English not to exceed 5,000 words. Limit of one submission per author. Submissions should be in PDF format and emailed to [email protected] and should include a cover page with the author’s name and current contact information. Do not include the author’s name on the actual story.

Submissions that do not follow the guidelines are automatically disqualified. The winner will be notified via the contact information provided and announced on August 3 during the pre-recorded Virtual Summer Reading Finals for Kids and Adults. The winning entry will receive an award certificate and a gift basket. For more information about RPL’s Adult Summer Reading, contact Adult Services Supervisor Abigail Hardison at 704-216-8248 or [email protected]

Adults must submit reading times by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 31 to be eligible for prizes and sweepstakes. Adult Summer Reading winners will be announced at noon on Wednesday, August 3 during the pre-recorded virtual finale.

Rowan Public Library’s summer reading programming and events are sponsored by the Friends of Rowan Public Library. For more information on Friends of RPL, visit To learn more about RPL’s 2022 Summer Reading, visit or call 980-432-8670. For help with ADA hosting, call 704-216-8240. Wearing a mask is encouraged but not compulsory.

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