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Kenly, Selma libraries begin summer reading programs

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KENLY— Each carrying the theme of “A Universe of Stories,” the Kenly Public Library and Selma Public Library each kicked off their annual summer reading programs on June 5 with performances by Big Bang Boom, a Greensboro-based kids’ pop/rock band making its first appearance at each location.

The Kenly show was attended by 64 kids and 45 adults while some 101 kids and 21 adults were at the Selma performance.

Established in 2007, Big Bang Boom consists of longtime musicians Chuck Folds, 50, Steve Willard, 47, and Eddie Walker, 51 who specialize in performing parent-friendly, educational children’s music featuring audience interaction and participation.

“Big Bang Boom was a terrific kickoff to this summer’s reading program,” said Kenly librarian Betty Pope. “The high-energy show was fun for all and it was well-supported by the community.”

“Big Bang Boom was fantastic,” said Selma librarian Phyllis Brown. “The guys were constantly interacting with both the children and the adults.”

Brown said one child asked if the group was planning to come back again next week.

Next up on the summer reading schedule for each library is 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 when Science Tellers, a program out of New Jersey that features stories being told through science experiments, makes a return visit followed by storyteller/musician Sharon Clarke on June 19 and Mad Science on June 26.

All summer reading performances at the Kenly library will begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays while all performances in Selma will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.

A new aspect of the Kenly program this summer was 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 Kenly Petro truck stop.

Pope said she wanted to thank Kenly Original Free Will Baptist Church who is again allowing use of its parking lot for additional parking during the scheduled performances.

Kenly summer reading programs are made possible thanks to a bequest made to the Kenly Public Library Endowment, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation, by Minnie Long, a longtime teacher at Kenly School during the 1940s and ‘50s.

No registration is necessary and all programs are free.

The Kenly Public Library is located at 205 E. Edgerton St., 919 284-4217.

Selma summer reading programs are made possible through the town of Selma’s library program budget.

The Selma Public Library is located at 301 N. Pollock St., 919 965-8613.