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June 12, 2024

Summer Reading Programs Spark Joy Across Communities


As the sun shines brighter and the days grow longer, libraries and community centers across the region are opening their doors to children of all ages for a summer of reading and discovery. With a diverse array of programs designed to ignite young imaginations, local institutions are offering a treasure trove of activities that promise to make this summer unforgettable. Best of all, they are free to the public!

From storytime sessions and craft workshops to interactive performances and educational excursions, these summer reading programs are more than just a way to keep kids occupied—they are a gateway to adventure and learning. Each event is crafted to foster a love of reading, promote literacy, and build community, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to explore new worlds through books and creative play.

MOSS Kids Books Schedule in the Twin Counties

  • Friday-Saturday, June 14-15: Rocky Mount Juneteenth Community Empowerment Festival. Click HERE for more information.

  • Wednesday, June 19: Tarboro-Edgecombe’s Juneteenth Festival. This celebration will feature book giveaways and a special storytime event for children.

  • Sunday, June 30 at 2 PM: MOSS Kids Book Club meets at Larema Coffee in downtown Rocky Mount. Join us for an afternoon of fun and reading!

Braswell Library Events

Weekly Story Time

Join us for our engaging Story Time sessions in the Story Time Room within Youth Services! Each week features a new topic to delight our young attendees. 

When: Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. 

Bookmobile at Miracle Park

Visit the Braswell Memorial Bookmobile at Miracle Park in Nash County (3501 Joyner Rd, Elm City, NC 27822).

When: 10:00 a.m. on the following dates:

  • June 17

  • July 8

  • July 22

For more information on Braswell Library’s summer reading events, click HERE!

Ripe for Revival Events

Join Ripe for Revival for Beyond the Book, a series of engaging activities including storytime, taste tests, crafts, and fitness sessions suitable for all ages. These events are free and open to the public, offering a fantastic opportunity for families to enjoy quality time together.

Where: Rocky Mount Mills, beside the softball field. 

When: Wednesdays from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.


  • June 12

  • June 26

  • July 10

  • July 17

  • July 24

  • July 31

  • August 7

  • August 14

Harold Cooley Library Events in Nashville

Storytime at the Library

Bring your little ones, ages 2-5, for a delightful Storytime session. 

When: Thursday mornings from 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Special Events

Dana Hill, Magician and Storyteller

Join us for an enchanting performance by magician and storyteller Dana Hill. When: June 12 at 3:00 p.m.

For more information on these events, click HERE!

Nash Community College- Nighthawk Young Readers Summer Storytime

The Library at Nash Community College is excited to host our second annual Nighthawk Young Readers Summer Storytime. This event is open to all young children in Nash County and promises engaging and fun-filled mornings with stories that inspire a love for reading.

When: Tuesday and Friday mornings in June and July, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Edgecombe Memorial Library Summer Reading Events

Join us for a summer of fun, learning, and adventure with our free events for all ages. Here's what's happening:

Dana Hill Magic & Storytelling

  • June 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Tarboro Library

  • June 27 at 1:00 p.m. at Pinetops Library

My Crafty Zoo Storytime

  • July 2 and 9 at 10:00 a.m. at Tarboro Library

H.O.P.E. Farms and Learning Center

  • July 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Braswell Park

We're Going on a Safari Storytime

  • July 18 and July 23 at 1:00 p.m. at Pinetops Library

Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party with Gaming Truck

  • August 2 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Braswell Park

To register for these events or for more information, visit the Edgecombe Memorial Library website or call (252) 823-1141.

Whether through the magic of a well-told tale or the excitement of a hands-on activity, this summer promises to be a season of growth, imagination, and discovery for children across the region.

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