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  1. RPL Podcast: Come Gather 'Round Good People, Episode 3: Tink Tillett and His Songs of the Seas

    June 27, 2022, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Online. While you are out exploring the oceans of possibilities during the days of summer, why not sing a song or two? The third installment of RPL’s folk music podcast, Come Gather ‘Round Good People, will focus on tunes with a sea-faring theme collected by folklorists on North Carolina’s Outer Banks during the 1940’s. You’ll be introduced to Tink and Eleazor Tillett of Roanoke Island who shared songs about pirates and other ocean related topics. Learn about the history of the highlighted melodies and know you’ll be well-equipped to bellow out your songs as you set sail! Visit the RPL Soundcloud channel at bit.ly/RPLSoundCloud. Children. Teens Adults. Family.

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  2. Adult: Beach Book Club @ South

    June 27, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    @
    RPL South

    Visit RPL South to learn all about this summer’s hottest beach reads for adults. Participants are encouraged to share their favorite summertime titles and vacation reads in this low pressure, high humidity book club. Mocktails included. Adults.

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  3. Adult: Book Bites Book Club @ HQ

    June 28, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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    RPL Headquarters

    This book club meets this month both in-person and via Zoom at RPL HQ 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. Adults.

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  4. Adult: Pinterest Club: Acrylic Ocean Art @ East

    June 28, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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    RPL East

    Adults ages 18+ are invited to create Pinterest-inspired projects! At June’s meeting, held at RPL East (Rockwell), paint an acrylic tropical ocean scene. Registration is required as space is limited. Adults.

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  5. Family: Visit All Four Branches & Be Entered to Win a Pizza Party! @ All Branches

    June 29, 2022, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Patrons are invited to visit all four RPL locations — RPL Headquarters, East, South, and West — to receive a special stamp from each location. Once all four stamps are collected, patrons’ raffle entries will be entered into a drawing for a pizza party. Completed raffle tickets must be submitted to any RPL location by Saturday, July 30 to be entered. The raffle winner will be announced during the Children and Adult Summer Reading Finale on Wednesday, August 3. Raffle entries can be obtained from any RPL location, though all four stamps must be collected to be entered into the raffle. Children. Teens Adults. Family.

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  6. Family: Teen: Adult: Take Away Kit Bundles @ All Branches

    June 29, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Register for fun take away kit activities everyone in the household can enjoy! Adult kits include the “Show and Shell” activity, which includes all the supplies needed to create an ocean-themed magnet or picture frame. Teen kits include the “Make a Plarn Planter” activity, which includes all the supplies needed to learn how to design your own reusable planter (and other fun projects) from plastic shopping bags. A video tutorial on creating a plarn planter will be posted to RPL’s YouTube page. Family kits include the “Treasure Map Kit” activity, which includes all the supplies needed to create your own treasure maps. This activity is suitable for individuals of any age or families. Individuals or families may register for the kits they need using bit.ly/SummerKits22. All take away kits are available while supplies last. Children. Teens Adults. Family.

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  7. Adult: Tales of Possiblity: Short Story Contest @ All Branches

    June 29, 2022, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Tell us a tale as big as a whale! Submit a short story that shows magic of possibility. Eligible entries must be original works of prose, not poetry, and must not exceed 5,000 words. Limit one submission per author, in PDF format to info@rowancountync.gov. This contest is limited to writers ages 18+. Include a cover page with the author’s name and contact information. Do not include the author’s name on the actual story as the judging will be completed blindly by library staff. Winner will be notified August 2 via their provided contact information. The winning entry will receive an award certificate and a gift basket and announced on the Children’s and Adult Summer Reading Finale Video, set to release on August 3. Adults.

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  8. Family: Visit All Four Branches & Be Entered to Win a Pizza Party! @ All Branches

    July 6, 2022, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Patrons are invited to visit all four RPL locations — RPL Headquarters, East, South, and West — to receive a special stamp from each location. Once all four stamps are collected, patrons’ raffle entries will be entered into a drawing for a pizza party. Completed raffle tickets must be submitted to any RPL location by Saturday, July 30 to be entered. The raffle winner will be announced during the Children and Adult Summer Reading Finale on Wednesday, August 3. Raffle entries can be obtained from any RPL location, though all four stamps must be collected to be entered into the raffle. Children. Teens Adults. Family.

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  9. Family: Teen: Adult: Take Away Kit Bundles @ All Branches

    July 6, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Register for fun take away kit activities everyone in the household can enjoy! Adult kits include the “Show and Shell” activity, which includes all the supplies needed to create an ocean-themed magnet or picture frame. Teen kits include the “Make a Plarn Planter” activity, which includes all the supplies needed to learn how to design your own reusable planter (and other fun projects) from plastic shopping bags. A video tutorial on creating a plarn planter will be posted to RPL’s YouTube page. Family kits include the “Treasure Map Kit” activity, which includes all the supplies needed to create your own treasure maps. This activity is suitable for individuals of any age or families. Individuals or families may register for the kits they need using bit.ly/SummerKits22. All take away kits are available while supplies last. Children. Teens Adults. Family.

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  10. Adult: Wednesday Writers Club @ HQ

    July 6, 2022, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    @
    RPL Headquarters

    Do you love writing? Are you looking for a community of local writers? Join RPL for the Wednesday Writer's Club! A writer’s club allows discussion, group sharing, group writing prompts, and peer-to-peer reviews. This program, designed for ages 18 and up, allows writers to connect with each other, find resources to improve their craft, and get tips on publication. Adults.

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  11. Adult: Tales of Possiblity: Short Story Contest @ All Branches

    July 6, 2022, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Tell us a tale as big as a whale! Submit a short story that shows magic of possibility. Eligible entries must be original works of prose, not poetry, and must not exceed 5,000 words. Limit one submission per author, in PDF format to info@rowancountync.gov. This contest is limited to writers ages 18+. Include a cover page with the author’s name and contact information. Do not include the author’s name on the actual story as the judging will be completed blindly by library staff. Winner will be notified August 2 via their provided contact information. The winning entry will receive an award certificate and a gift basket and announced on the Children’s and Adult Summer Reading Finale Video, set to release on August 3. Adults.

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  12. Adult: Photographic Possibilities: A Pinhole Camera Workshop @ HQ

    July 9, 2022, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    @
    RPL Headquarters

    Photographic Possibilities is a pinhole camera workshop for those who are aged 16+. Using plastic “toy” cameras, participants will have the experience of making multiple 2 x 2-inch photographic prints using positive photo paper. This workshop will be held outdoors allowing photographers a chance to freely roam for inspiration. The program facilitator will develop the paper in a mobile darkroom for almost instantaneous results. The possibilities are nearly endless! Registration is required as space is limited. Register at bit.ly/PinholeCams. Adults.

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  13. Adult: Pinterest Club: Shell Art @ West

    July 12, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    @
    RPL West

    Adults ages 18+ are invited to create Pinterest-inspired projects! At July’s meeting, held at RPL West (Cleveland), create shell art using Sharpie markers. Registration is required as space is limited. Adults.

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  14. Family: Visit All Four Branches & Be Entered to Win a Pizza Party! @ All Branches

    July 13, 2022, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Patrons are invited to visit all four RPL locations — RPL Headquarters, East, South, and West — to receive a special stamp from each location. Once all four stamps are collected, patrons’ raffle entries will be entered into a drawing for a pizza party. Completed raffle tickets must be submitted to any RPL location by Saturday, July 30 to be entered. The raffle winner will be announced during the Children and Adult Summer Reading Finale on Wednesday, August 3. Raffle entries can be obtained from any RPL location, though all four stamps must be collected to be entered into the raffle. Children. Teens Adults. Family.

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  15. Family: Teen: Adult: Take Away Kit Bundles @ All Branches

    July 13, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Register for fun take away kit activities everyone in the household can enjoy! Adult kits include the “Show and Shell” activity, which includes all the supplies needed to create an ocean-themed magnet or picture frame. Teen kits include the “Make a Plarn Planter” activity, which includes all the supplies needed to learn how to design your own reusable planter (and other fun projects) from plastic shopping bags. A video tutorial on creating a plarn planter will be posted to RPL’s YouTube page. Family kits include the “Treasure Map Kit” activity, which includes all the supplies needed to create your own treasure maps. This activity is suitable for individuals of any age or families. Individuals or families may register for the kits they need using bit.ly/SummerKits22. All take away kits are available while supplies last. Children. Teens Adults. Family.

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  16. Adult: Tales of Possiblity: Short Story Contest @ All Branches

    July 13, 2022, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Tell us a tale as big as a whale! Submit a short story that shows magic of possibility. Eligible entries must be original works of prose, not poetry, and must not exceed 5,000 words. Limit one submission per author, in PDF format to info@rowancountync.gov. This contest is limited to writers ages 18+. Include a cover page with the author’s name and contact information. Do not include the author’s name on the actual story as the judging will be completed blindly by library staff. Winner will be notified August 2 via their provided contact information. The winning entry will receive an award certificate and a gift basket and announced on the Children’s and Adult Summer Reading Finale Video, set to release on August 3. Adults.

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  17. Adult: Sustainable Snacking @ HQ

    July 18, 2022, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    @
    RPL Headquarters

    This tasty program, designed for adults and families, will offer insight into ocean sustainability efforts and tools while also teaching about the healthy benefits of seafood. NC Cooperative Extension Agent Toi Degree will offer a demonstration on preparing healthy options and discuss their nutritional benefits. Stop by this free and fun event to learn more and try samples! To save your spot, register at bit.ly/RPLSnacking. Adults.

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  18. Family: Visit All Four Branches & Be Entered to Win a Pizza Party! @ All Branches

    July 20, 2022, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Patrons are invited to visit all four RPL locations — RPL Headquarters, East, South, and West — to receive a special stamp from each location. Once all four stamps are collected, patrons’ raffle entries will be entered into a drawing for a pizza party. Completed raffle tickets must be submitted to any RPL location by Saturday, July 30 to be entered. The raffle winner will be announced during the Children and Adult Summer Reading Finale on Wednesday, August 3. Raffle entries can be obtained from any RPL location, though all four stamps must be collected to be entered into the raffle. Children. Teens Adults. Family.

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  19. Family: Teen: Adult: Take Away Kit Bundles @ All Branches

    July 20, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Register for fun take away kit activities everyone in the household can enjoy! Adult kits include the “Show and Shell” activity, which includes all the supplies needed to create an ocean-themed magnet or picture frame. Teen kits include the “Make a Plarn Planter” activity, which includes all the supplies needed to learn how to design your own reusable planter (and other fun projects) from plastic shopping bags. A video tutorial on creating a plarn planter will be posted to RPL’s YouTube page. Family kits include the “Treasure Map Kit” activity, which includes all the supplies needed to create your own treasure maps. This activity is suitable for individuals of any age or families. Individuals or families may register for the kits they need using bit.ly/SummerKits22. All take away kits are available while supplies last. Children. Teens Adults. Family.

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  20. Adult: North Carolina Author Series: Virtual Q&A @ All Branches

    July 20, 2022, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    @
    RPL Headquarters

    Meet bestselling North Carolina Fiction authors Ann B. Ross and Donna Everhart and find out their secrets to writing a great story. Registration is required to attend this event; you can register at bit.ly/NCAuthors. This event series has virtual and in-person attendance options. Light refreshments provided. Adults.

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  21. Adult: Tales of Possiblity: Short Story Contest @ All Branches

    July 20, 2022, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Tell us a tale as big as a whale! Submit a short story that shows magic of possibility. Eligible entries must be original works of prose, not poetry, and must not exceed 5,000 words. Limit one submission per author, in PDF format to info@rowancountync.gov. This contest is limited to writers ages 18+. Include a cover page with the author’s name and contact information. Do not include the author’s name on the actual story as the judging will be completed blindly by library staff. Winner will be notified August 2 via their provided contact information. The winning entry will receive an award certificate and a gift basket and announced on the Children’s and Adult Summer Reading Finale Video, set to release on August 3. Adults.

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  22. Adult: Genealogy Workshop: Using Underutilized Resources @ HQ

    July 23, 2022, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    @
    RPL Headquarters

    Learn about some of the lesser used genealogical research tools. Co-hosted by the Genealogical Society of Rowan County and RPL’s Edith M. Clark History Room, this class is designed for adults ages 18+. Participants will learn how to navigate resources like Fold3, African American Heritage, Family Search, and more. Register online at bit.ly/Genealogy22. Adults.

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  23. Adult: Book Bites Book Club @ HQ

    July 26, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    @
    RPL Headquarters

    This book club meets this month both in-person and via Zoom at RPL HQ in the Hurley Room. Refreshments will be served, and new members are welcome. This month’s selection is Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Adults.

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  24. Family: Visit All Four Branches & Be Entered to Win a Pizza Party! @ All Branches

    July 27, 2022, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Patrons are invited to visit all four RPL locations — RPL Headquarters, East, South, and West — to receive a special stamp from each location. Once all four stamps are collected, patrons’ raffle entries will be entered into a drawing for a pizza party. Completed raffle tickets must be submitted to any RPL location by Saturday, July 30 to be entered. The raffle winner will be announced during the Children and Adult Summer Reading Finale on Wednesday, August 3. Raffle entries can be obtained from any RPL location, though all four stamps must be collected to be entered into the raffle. Children. Teens Adults. Family.

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  25. Family: Teen: Adult: Take Away Kit Bundles @ All Branches

    July 27, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Register for fun take away kit activities everyone in the household can enjoy! Adult kits include the “Show and Shell” activity, which includes all the supplies needed to create an ocean-themed magnet or picture frame. Teen kits include the “Make a Plarn Planter” activity, which includes all the supplies needed to learn how to design your own reusable planter (and other fun projects) from plastic shopping bags. A video tutorial on creating a plarn planter will be posted to RPL’s YouTube page. Family kits include the “Treasure Map Kit” activity, which includes all the supplies needed to create your own treasure maps. This activity is suitable for individuals of any age or families. Individuals or families may register for the kits they need using bit.ly/SummerKits22. All take away kits are available while supplies last. Children. Teens Adults. Family.

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  26. Adult: Kindergarten Readiness @ HQ

    July 27, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    @
    RPL Headquarters

    Local parents and caregivers are invited to learn more about different early literacy opportunities in Rowan County, including tips and tricks to get young children kindergarten-ready. Light refreshments will be served and childcare will be provided during the program. Adults.

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  27. Virtual: Summer Reading 2022 Adult & Children's Summer Reading Finale

    August 3, 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Say farewell to Summer Reading 2022 with the Summer Reading Finale Video! Find out how many total hours RPL patrons read this summer and what kind of cool prizes are going to the adult and youth readers who logged the most hours. See who won the children’s super reader raffles, watch highlights from RPL’s Adult programming events, and learn the winner of the Short Story Contest. This finale video will be shared on RPL’s social media channels. Children. Adults. Family.

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