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Magicians, musicians and more highlight summer reading program

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KENLY — As the Kenly Public Library prepares for the start of another summer reading program at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, librarian Betty Pope seems as anxious as ever to get started.

Carrying a theme of “A Universe of Stories,” the schedule of nine programs has been announced, with all being held at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays.

“We are looking forward to an exciting summer,” said Pope. “The slate of performers includes some standbys and favorites from the past and some new ones who will be visiting for the first time. We have plenty of variety appropriate for all age groups and I am excited.”

According to Pope, Rockstar Magic of Chris and Neal has been a hit over the last few years at the library, and the duo will return this summer.

Others making return visits include the Rags to Riches Traveling Theater, Curly Fries Children’s Band, Mad Science – Walking on the Moon, Sharon Clarke, Storyteller Musician and Science Tellers with Aliens: Escape from Earth.

“Big Bag Boom, a kids’ pop/rock band, will be coming for the first time,” said Pope. “I am looking forward to seeing their show and kids always love seeing the police car, fire truck and ambulance when our local first responder departments visit and they will be coming twice.”

Pope said a new aspect of the program this summer is Lunch at the Library with the first 30 children ages 12 and under arriving at 12:15 p.m. to attend the 1 p.m. program receiving a free bag lunch provided by the Kenly Petro truck stop.

“This experiment is being tried for the first time this year and we are hoping it will bring more children to the library,” said Pope. “It will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will end each week when the last bag is gone.”

The reading program kicks off June 5 with a visit by Big Bag Boom followed by Science Tellers on June 12, Sharon Clarke on June 19 and Mad Science on June 26.

Kenly police officers will stop by on July 3 to demonstrate various aspects of law enforcement and on the same day, Jessica Baisey of Kenly will provide face-painting.

Curly Fries will be featured on July 10 while Rags to Riches Traveling Theater is scheduled for July 17.

Rockstar Magic with Chris and Neal will be performing on July 24 and Kenly /Fire/ Rescue and Johnston County EMS close out the summer schedule on July 31.

A bequest made by Minnie Long and Rachel Thomas to the Kenly Public Library Endowment, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation, underwrites the summer program.

The library is located at 205 E. Edgerton St. Additional parking will be available in a marked area at the Kenly Original Free Will Baptist Church parking lot at the corner of Edgerton Street and Alford Avenue.

For more information, call 919 284-4217.