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Library’s summer programs will cater to all ages

Posted on June 11, 2021

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Clayton's library will have something for everyone this summer.

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Clayton's library will have something for everyone this summer. | 919-429-1675

CLAYTON — Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is bringing back summer programming — and not just for kids.

This summer, the library will have something for teens and adults too.

Councilman Jason Thompson welcomed the library’s expanding offerings. “When I was young, I went to storytime hour at the library on Thursdays,” he said. “That story hour has turned into this huge program that offers so much more, and that’s really exciting.”

The theme of this summer’s children’s program is “Tails and Tales,” which will explore animals.

“We’ve got tons of animal-themed programming this summer, including lots of programming with live animals,” Grace Davis, children’s librarian, told the Town Council on June 7.

The animals will come to Clayton from the Piedmont Wildlife Center.

“We’ll have reptiles, mammals and birds of prey, and the kids will get to interact with those up close,” Davis said.

After Johnston County began shutting down last year because of COVID-19, Clayton teens launched a virtual book club, said library director Joy Garretson. “It has been going all year,” she said. “It’s finally going to be in person, so they are really excited about that.”

The library invites adults — and others too — to download an app that offers reading challenges while putting Hocutt-Ellington’s collection and the state library system at their fingertips.

“People can come in and they can register on the app,” Garretson said. “In the app, they can log all their books, they can find out about programs and join challenges.”

Registration for the children’s programming is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 12, and will include a Popsicle party.

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