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Youth Services at our libraries: Summer Reading Program

On your mark... get set... READ!

Summer Reading Program

Easy as 1-2-3!

From birth through elementary school ages

1. Beginning June 13th, stop by either Pender County Public Library location to pick up your tote bag, reading log, and bookmark. Then….READ! READ! READ!

2. Turn in your completed reading log. You may turn in as many logs as you like!

3. Get a reward! (Check with your branch librarian for details.)



A fast-paced summer adventure where  things fly, bounce, transform, and soar ! Throw on your lab coat and buckle in to experience the science of Power & Energy through several exciting, hands-on experiments that will have you laughing, learning, and having fun!

Thursday, June 23rd

Hampstead—11am          Burgaw—2pm

Supported by the Friends of the Library

North Carolina Aquariums

Aquarium Olympics 

The animals at the Aquarium are in the Olympic spirit, and will be competing for gold medals in their own wild events. Who will be the best in each category? How would humans stack up against animals in these time honored competitions? Presented by staff from Fort Fisher Aquarium, this program will include live animals and engaging activities for everyone!

Thursday, July 21st


Supported by the Friends of the Library

Meet the Animals!

Our special guests will be educators from the state museum who will present a variety of live reptiles, amphibians, and insects, as well as natural objects to teach us about our natural world.  

Thursday, August 11th

Hampstead—11:00          Burgaw—2:00

Supported by the Friends of the Library


Our age–appropriate weekly storytimes are designed to help develop important early literacy skills that every child needs!
Plus—We have loads of fun! Join us!


Book Babies

(birth - 23 months)

Tuesdays  @ 10:15

Preschool Storytime 

(2-5 year olds)

Thursdays @ 11:00


Toddler Time

(1 & 2 year olds)

Wednesdays @10:15

Preschool Storytime

(3-5 year olds)

Wednesdays @11:00

**No Hampstead storytimes  Aug 17, 24, 31**

Story Explorers

(rising 1st-5th graders)

Burgaw: Tuesdays @2:00

Hampstead: Wednesdays @4:00

Interactive programs with books, arts and crafts, STEAM activities, plus lots of FUN!


Drop-in and build to your heart’s content with Legos and Duplos—and hear some favorite tunes!

**under age 6 requires an adult**


Thursdays, 3:00-5:00PM

June 23rd – Aug 11th