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College hosts summer storytime for young readers

Nash Community College’s Nighthawk mascot reads Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Underground Railroad.” NCC employees will read some of their favorite books to elementary and middle schoolers during the twice-weekly Nighthawks Young Reader Storytime in the college library. Contributed photo

ROCKY MOUNT — Through the months of June and July, Nash Community College instructors and staff will read selected stories to elementary and middle school students at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays in the NCC Library.

Each session of the Nighthawks Young Reader Storytime lasts about 45 minutes. The outreach program starts Friday, June 2. 

All children who attend elementary and middle schools in Nash County — public, private, charter and home-schools — are invited to attend and must be accompanied by an adult. 

“This library program supports literacy and our goals at NCC for meaningful outreach to K-12 students, parents and teachers,” said NCC President Lew K. Hunnicutt.

Nighthawks Young Reader Storytime won’t be held on July 4 or July 7 due to a college closure for the week of Independence Day.

“In events like these, like throughout the entire year, we lean heavily on our partnership with Nash County Public Schools as they help us to promote these valuable programs to our young students in the community,” Hunnicutt said. “Members of NCPS continue to help encourage students and their families to attend events and capitalize on many unique opportunities.”

College faculty and staff members have volunteered to read stories to the children who attend. 

“Our Team Nash members are strategic in their books, as the goal is to provide the students with a reading that connects in some way to an NCC program of study, degree, diploma or certificate,” said Robert James, associate library director. 

Students will receive NCC-branded swag for visiting the library and participating in the program. 

Parents are encouraged to speak with their children’s school or contact the NCC Library at or 252-451-8428 for more information on how to get involved.