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Posted on: June 7, 2023

Clayton Library Launches Summer Reading Program: All Together Now

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The Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is kicking off its annual Summer Reading Program on Saturday, June 10th, at the library located at 100 S Church St. The festivities will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

This year's theme, "All Together Now," encourages people of all ages to participate in a collaborative statewide initiative promoting reading, access to resources, and engaging programming for the community. 

"I'm thrilled to offer a diverse array of programs for all ages during our summer reading program. It's a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together and ignite their love of learning through literature,” said Joy Garretson, Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library Director. 

At the event, children who register for the Summer Reading Program will receive a free book. Teens and adults who register for the program will unlock access to book challenges, receive a free bag, and a Summer Reading Program informational packet.  

Several local elected officials and community leaders will be in attendance, handing out free popsicles and mingling with the crowd. 

Enrollment for the Summer Reading Program will begin on June 10. Program registration, open to children, teenagers, and adults, can be completed online via ReadSquared. A Clayton Library Card is not required to participate in the free programs. However, to access physical items and online resources, Johnston County residents can obtain a Clayton Library Card at no cost. 

More information on children, teen, and adult programming: 

Children's Programs (ages 0-12): The Summer Reading Program will offer a range of fun and educational activities for children. These include reading challenges and over 30 free activities, such as Family Yoga, Storytimes, and Game Nights. Additionally, there will be a special after-hours Mini Golf game in the Stacks, as well as ecoExplore Herpetology science programs and music from the Army Band Saxophone Quartet. Every registered participant will receive a complimentary book and bag for carrying library books. 

Teen Programs (ages 13-18): Participants can take part in reading challenges, enter raffles for a chance to win exciting prizes, and attend free programming. Teenagers are also welcome to join yoga classes, trivia games, and craft nights. Additionally, teen program participants can also benefit from volunteer opportunities that will be available. 

Adult Programs (ages 19+): Adult participants can take part in reading challenges, enter raffles for a chance to win prizes, and attend free programming. As a special treat, the Clayton Junior Woman's Club has collaborated with the library to sponsor a Master Gardening Series. The club is also hosting a Craft Swap where participants can exchange unused craft supplies for new materials. Adult program participants will also have the unique opportunity to learn the art of flower arranging with Mayor Jody McLeod! Early registration for this exclusive class is encouraged, as seats are limited. Register at Bit.ly/HEMLRegistration starting June 30. 

For more information, visit www.claytonlibrarync.org or stop by the Clayton Library in person at 100 S Church Street, Clayton, NC 27520. Operating hours are Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

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