DPL to host summer reading programs for all ages

Published 6:21 pm Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The month of June will be full of events for people of all ages at Demopolis Public Library.

For children, the library will host its annual summer reading program during the month of June.

The program, called “Dig Into Reading,” will kick off Monday, June 3 at the Demopolis City Landing with touch a truck/tractor day.

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“Children will be able to see and get into an 18-wheeler, a tractor and some other trucks,” children’s librarian Kelley Tarpley said.

This kick off day will also be registration day for the children’s summer reading program.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, there will be a special guest at the library to entertain children.

On Tuesday, June 4, there will be a magic show with magician Tommy Johns, and on Thursday, June 6, there will be a balloon art show with Balloon Man Dwayne Reynolds.

“We’ve had Dwayne here before, and he does a really good show,” Tarpley said. “He is a really good storyteller.”

Magician Russell Davis will entertain kids of all ages on Tuesday, June 11 with a magic show, which Tarpley said is very entertaining.

“He’s great with children,” she said. “He’s comical and he knows how to keep the kids interested in the show. He keeps their attention throughout his show.”

The next Thursday, June 13, a show called Didgeridoo Down Under will come to Demopolis. This show will introduce children to Australian culture with different instruments, including the didgeridoo.

The Red String WA Yang Theater will put on a Chinese shadow puppet show on Tuesday, June 18.

“It’s an unusual puppet show that should be very interesting and entertaining for children,” Tarpley said.

C.L. Threat, a children’s author and storyteller, will do a puppet show and story time with children.

“He’s an author from Birmingham that has written books for children and adults,” Tarpley said. “He has done this for us for several years, and he is always good with the kids.”

On Tuesday, June 25, for the final event of the program, Good Times Theater will do storytelling for the children.

“They do an African culture-based show doing oral storytelling,” Tarpley said, “We’re really glad to bring them this year. They’re really powerful storytellers.”

In addition to these events, the Girl Scouts are holding events every Wednesday and Friday during the month of June at the library. On Wednesdays, they will have an art class for ages 7 and up called Picasso Girl. Despite the name, boys are still welcome to attend. On Fridays, they will hold an anti-bullying class called Power Up, also for ages 7 and up. It is geared mostly for girls, but again, boys are welcome to attend.

For teenagers 13 and up, there will be a Zombie Prom on Thursday, June 13. A makeup artist will come to Demopolis and teach the teenagers how to do latex zombie makeup.

“We encourage all teenagers 13 and up to come in their best zombie attire and learn how to do zombie makeup,” Tarpley said. “This will be a lot of fun for everyone that comes out.”

There are also two adult programs scheduled for the summer, with the first being on Thursday, June 6.

Bad Art Night will be a night with food and drinks where people can to the library and make the best bad art they can.

“Bad Art Night will be an opportunity for people to come out and have a good time making bad art,” Director Morgan Grimes Allen said. “There is also a museum of bad art, and we will look at their online gallery during the event. There’s nowhere else in Demopolis you can go to make bad art for free.”

Threat, who also did a children’s program, will do an adult program called Lunch at the Library on Thursday, June 20 about his book, “Laid Off…But Not Laid Out: How to Turn Your Setback into a Comeback.” It will begin at noon, and last about one hour.

The program will be about Threat’s experience of being laid off and how he was able to bounce back after being laid off.

“I hope these programs entertain and educate the community,” Allen said. “I hope they help people see everything we have to offer here at the library.”

Throughout the summer, there is also an ongoing adult reading program called Groundbreaking Reads. Adults can read or listen to any book checked out or downloaded through the library, and for every five they read and record into a log at the circulation desk, their name will be entered into a drawing to be held at the end of the program.

For more information about any of these programs, call the library at (334) 289-1595.