Monroe County libraries are celebrating space exploration through this year’s summer reading programs. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories,” which will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Readers will be encouraged to let their imaginations soar among the stars to channel their inner-explorer and dreamer.
Perennial favorite presenters such as Inky the Clown, David Strange and Bob Tarter will be joined by some new programs that showcase this year’s celestial theme.
In Aberdeen, Evans Memorial Library’s summer programs are set for Thursdays during June from 10 to 11 a.m.
Inky the Clown will present the first program on June 6, followed by magician David Strange on June 13. A new guest, Josh Justice from the Natural History Education Company of the Mid-South (NHECM), will present the program “Intergalactic Creatures” on June 20, and Mary Gunter, also from NHECM, will present “Galaxy’s Wild Frontier” on June 27.
The Amory Municipal Library will have its programs on the same days as Aberdeen during afternoon hours. Inky the Clown will visit at 2 p.m. on June 6, followed by the Living Reptile Museum at 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. on June 13; Mid-South Mammals at 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on June 20; and Strange Magic at 2 p.m. on June 27.
Amory’s library will also host a couple of programs in July, with 4-H Club Rockets and Robotics at 2 p.m. on July 11 and a Mission Complete party with treats and prizes at 2 p.m. on July 18.
NHECM founder Bob Tarter will bring a wildlife program to the Dorothy Lowe Memorial Library in Nettleton at 2 p.m. on June 26, Hamilton’s library at 12 p.m. on June 20 and the Wren Community Library at 1 p.m. on June 26.
Children do not need a library card to participate in the program but will need one to check out books. They may use their parent’s card if they do not have one. A minimum of 10 books must be read to qualify for prizes, and titles do not need to be from the library.