Library Notes: Set Sail! during Library Summer Reading Week 4 – Salisbury Post

Rowan Public Library

Hey buddy! Hoist the sails for an adventure on the high seas. Starting Monday, June 27, each RPL branch will take turns hosting the amazing teacher Steve Somers in his performance of “Set Sail: Magic and Books with Steve Somers,” as part of the Summer Reading School Age 2022 program series. “Ocean of Possibilities”. This event will take place outdoors at 10.30am and 2pm at the RPL Head Office (Salisbury) on Monday June 27; RPL South (China Grove) on Tuesday 28 June; RPL East (Rockwell) on Wednesday June 29; and RPL West (Cleveland) on Thursday, June 30.

Join Captain Steve and his friends on a nautical adventure to find treasure. Not a treasure that you can see, or touch and smell, but rather something far more valuable. It is not gold or silver, nor precious stones or lots of silver. In this program, children will discover the treasure of good character traits such as reliability, respect, responsibility, fairness and more. At the end of the show, children will discover that in the depths, there is an exceptional advantage to having a good character: friendship! With nearly 20 years of teaching experience and 16 years of college entertainment experience, Somers uses his talents, pizzazz and initiative to have fun delivering a laugh-out-loud learning presentation. Audience members will enjoy tricks, illusions, drama, puppets, stories and music to make learning an unforgettable experience.

School-age programs are designed for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, although all ages are welcome, and programs last approximately one hour. Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite lawn chairs, picnic blankets or rugs. Each branch will also offer limited seating and flooring for members of the public. A responsible guardian (16 and over) must accompany children 8 and under. For help with ADA hosting, call 704-216-8240.

Other children’s programs coming this week include “Books, Babies and Toddlers” (infants up to 36 months) and “Summer Storytime” (preschool). These programs will take place outdoors weather permitting and will be hosted by each RPL branch. Check out this final week of “Books, Babies & Toddlers” on Monday, June 27 at RPL West (Cleveland) at 10 a.m.; Tuesday, June 28 at RPL headquarters (Salisbury) at 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday June 29 at the RPL Sud (China Grove) at 10 a.m.; and Thursday, June 30 at RPL East (Rockwell) at 10 a.m. “Summer Storytimes” (preschool) will continue on Mondays at RPL West (Cleveland) at 11 a.m.; Tuesdays at RPL headquarters (Salisbury) at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Wednesdays at RPL South (China Grove) at 11 a.m.; and Thursdays at RPL East (Rockwell) at 11 a.m.

Checkers Library TV Episode 5, “Which Way to Read?!”, which explores the different ways to read, is also coming this week for kids. This episode will air on Wednesday, June 29 at 9 a.m. on the library’s YouTube channel (Rowan Public Library) and Facebook (@rowanpubliclibrary). You can also follow the link at to access the videos. For more information on “Deep Sea Readers” or Checkers Library TV, email Laura at [email protected]

Summer reading programs for teens 11-17 years old (sixth through 12th graders) are held by each RPL branch at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 27 at RPL South (China Grove); Tuesday, June 28, at RPL headquarters (Salisbury); Wednesday June 29 at RPL West (Cleveland) and Thursday June 30 at RPL East (Rockwell). This week, check out “Sea Monster Trivia and Drawing Contest”, where teens are invited to test their knowledge of sea monsters with a quiz and drawing contest. For more information about RPL’s Teen Summer Reading, contact Young Adult Librarian Amanda Brill at 704-216-8268 or [email protected] or visit

Summer Reading for Adults 18+ (including 2022 high school graduates) will feature three programs this week. On Monday, June 27, at 6 p.m., join RPL South (China Grove) for “Beach Book Club”. Learn all about this summer’s hottest adult beach reads. Attendees are encouraged to share their favorite summer titles and vacation reads at this low-pressure, high-humidity book club. Non-alcoholic cocktails will be included. For more information, contact Paul or Brooke at 704-216-7727.

On Tuesday, June 28, starting at 6 p.m., adults are invited to join RPL East (Rockwell) for “Pinterest Club: Acrylic Ocean Art”. Adults 18+ are encouraged to create Pinterest-inspired projects. This project involves painting a tropical ocean scene in acrylics. Registration is compulsory as places are limited. To register or find out more, call Sydney at 704-216-7841.

Adults are also invited to check out the ‘Book Bites Book Club’ at RPL Headquarters (Salisbury) on Tuesday, June 28 at 6 p.m. This monthly journal club meets in person and via Zoom at RPL headquarters in the Hurley Room. Refreshments will be served and new members are welcome. This month’s selection is “Message in a Bottle” by Nicholas Sparks. To learn more, email Paulette at [email protected] or call 704-216-7731 for details, including Zoom information.

For all ages, on June 27 at 9 a.m., RPL’s podcast “Come Gather the Good People, Episode 3: Tink Tillett and His Sea Songs” will be available on the RPL SoundCloud channel. As you explore the Oceans of Possibilities on summer days, why not sing a song or two? The third episode of RPL’s folk music podcast, “Come Gather ‘Round Good People”, will focus on tunes with a marine theme collected by folklorists from the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the 1940s. You will be introduced to Tink and Eleazor Tillett of Roanoke Island who shared songs about pirates and other ocean-related topics. Discover the story behind the highlighted melodies and know that you’ll be well equipped to blast your tunes when you board. Visit the RPL SoundCloud channel at For more information, contact David at [email protected] or 704-216-8229.

Rowan Public Library’s summer reading programming and events are sponsored by the Friends of Rowan Public Library. For more information on Friends of RPL, visit To learn more about RPL’s 2022 Summer Reading, visit or call 980-432-8670. For help with ADA hosting, call 704-216-8240. Wearing a mask is encouraged but not compulsory.

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