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Roanoke Public Libraries

Glowing in the Dark o Creatures in the Dark o Reading in the Dark What’s Inside... You’ll find six weeks of fun library programs that include art, music, theater, storytimes, movies, dance, and gaming. Our theme “Dream Big, Read!” focuses on nighttime adventures and glow-in-the-dark fun. You’ll see that each week has a special “in the dark” theme. The library location of each program is included in the calendar listing, so you know where to find the fun. You can register for the Summer Reading Program at any library in Roanoke City; our branch locations are listed on the back of this brochure.

Which Programs are Right for My Child? Programs that are appropriate for children ages 5 and younger have a moon symbol next to them:

 = for children ages 5 and younger Programs that are appropriate for children ages 6 to 11 have a star symbol next to them:

 = for children ages 6 to 11 Programs for teens (ages 12 to 17) will have “Teen” in the title of the program. For example: “Mask Craft for Teens”


2012 Summer Reading Program

Dreaming in the Dark o Adventures in the Dark o Dancing in the Dark Why is Summer Reading Important? Register your child for our FREE Summer Reading Program at your nearest Roanoke City library so you can: 

Offer new, different, and fun books for your child or teen to enjoy at home during the summer.

Avoid the dreaded academic “summer set backs” of school-aged children—practice reading skills throughout the summer.

Engage your children in fun activities, events, and programs that are FREE at Roanoke Public Libraries.

Help children and teens increase their literacy and language skills through reading and talking about books.

Present babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with developmental and language skill activities such as reading aloud, singing at storytimes, and age-appropriate craft programs at the library.


Activities & Events Week 1: June 25–July 1

Mon., June 25

10:30 a.m.

Shadow Puppets  (Main)

Mon., June 25

2:00 p.m.

Stars in Jars Teen Craft (Gainsboro)

Mon., June 25

2:00 p.m.

Myths & Legends w/Mask Craft for Teens (Jackson Park)

Mon., June 25

4:00 p.m.

Shadow Puppets  (Melrose)

Tues., June 26

10:30 a.m.

Shadow Puppets

Tues., June 26

10:30 a.m.

Storytime  (Gainsboro)

Tues., June 26

10:30 a.m.

Black Light Bonanza Storytime (Melrose)

Tues., June 26

2:00 p.m.

Stars in Jars Teen Craft (Raleigh Ct.)

Tues., June 26

4—7:30 p.m.

Dungeons & Dragons for Teens (Main)

Wed., June 27

10:30 a.m.

Go, Dog! Go!  by Roanoke Children’s Theatre (Raleigh Ct.)

Wed., June 27

12:00 p.m.

Go, Dog! Go!  by Roanoke Children’s Theatre (Williamson Rd.)

Wed., June 27

10:30 a.m.

Lights & Shadows  w/Science Museum of Western VA (Main)

Wed., June 27

2:00 p.m.

Stars in Jars Teen Craft (Melrose)

Wed., June 27

2:00 p.m.

Myths & Legends w/Mask Craft for Teens (Melrose)

  (Williamson Rd.)

Thurs., June 28 10 a.m.—7 p.m. Dome Theater  (Gainsboro)


This week’s theme is:

Glowing in the Dark Thurs., June 28 10:30 a.m.

Black Light Bonanza Storytime  (Jackson Park)

Thurs., June 28 10:30 a.m.

Smart Start Storytime & Craft  (Williamson Rd.)

Thurs., June 28 10:30 a.m.

Glow Stick Storytime  (Raleigh Ct.)

Thurs., June 28 2:00 p.m.

Stars in Jars Teen Craft (Jackson Park)

Thurs., June 28 2:00 p.m.

Star Tracker for Craft for Kids & Teens (Williamson Rd.)

Fri., June 29

10:30 a.m.

Glow Glider Craft  (Raleigh Ct.)

Fri., June 29

10:30 a.m.

Tissue Paper Tie Dye(Gainsboro)

Fri., June 29

10:30 a.m.

Curse of the Were-Rabbit (G) (Main)

Fri., June 29

2:00 p.m.

Stars in Jars Teen Craft (Williamson Rd.)

Fri., June 29

2:00 p.m.

Curse of the Were-Rabbit (G) (Melrose)

Fri., June 29

2:00 p.m.

Teen Movie: Dragonheart (PG-13) (Main)

Sat., June 30

1:00 p.m.

Glo Paint T-shirt Craft for Kids & Teens  (Raleigh Ct.)

Sat., June 30

2:00 p.m.

Adventures of Tin Tin (PG) (Jackson Park)

Sat., June 30

2:00 p.m.

Stars in Jars Teen Craft (Main)

Sat., June 30

2:00 p.m.

Family Movie (Gainsboro)

Sat., June 30

2—4:00 p.m.

LEGO Play Day  (Williamson Rd.)


Activities & Events Week 2: July 2–8

Mon., July 2

10:00 a.m.

Mill Mountain Zoo  (Main)

Mon., July 2

11:30 a.m.

Mill Mountain Zoo  (Gainsboro)

Mon., July 2

2:00 p.m.

Bottled Monsters Teen Craft (Main)

Mon., July 2

4:00 p.m.

Unplugged Gaming (Melrose)

Mon., July 2

6:00 p.m.

Ghost Hunters Teen Event (Jackson Park)

Mon., July 2

6:30 p.m.

Bedtime Stories  (Main)

Tues., July 3

10:30 a.m.

Mill Mountain Zoo  (Melrose)

Tues., July 3

10:30 a.m.

Nocturnal Animals All Around Drama Workshop  (Main)

Tues., July 3

11:30 a.m.

“Bring Your Lunch” Movie: Monsters Inc. (G) (Gainsboro)

Tues., July 3

2:00 p.m.

Bottled Monsters Teen Craft (Jackson Park)

Tues., July 3

4—7:30 p.m.

Dungeons & Dragons for Teens (Main)

Tues., July 3

6:00 p.m.

Ghost Hunters Teen Event (Raleigh Ct.)

Thurs., July 5

10:30 a.m.

Critter Detective w/Science Museum of Western VA (Jackson Park)

Thurs., July 5

10:30 a.m.

Nocturnal Animals All Around Drama Workshop  (Gainsboro)

Thurs., July 5

2:00 p.m.

Corpse Bride (PG) (Jackson Park)


This week’s theme is:

Creatures in the Dark Thurs., July 5

2:00 p.m.

Bottled Monsters Teen Craft (Williamson Rd.)

Thurs., July 5

2:00 p.m.

Curse of the Were-Rabbit (G) (Raleigh Ct.)

Thurs., July 5

4:00 p.m.

Little Critters Petting Zoo  (Jackson Park)

Thurs., July 5

6:00 p.m.

Ghost Hunters Teen Event (Gainsboro)

Fri., July 6

10:30 a.m.

Adventures of Tin Tin (PG) (Main)

Fri., July 6

10:30 a.m.

Owl Book Plate Craft (Williamson Rd.)

Fri., July 6

2:00 p.m.

Bottled Monsters Teen Craft (Raleigh Ct.)

Fri., July 6

2:00 p.m.

How to Train Your Dragon (PG) (Melrose)

Fri., July 6

2:00 p.m.

Teen Movie: First Knight (PG-13) (Main)

Fri., July 6

4:00 p.m.

Little Critters Petting Zoo  (Williamson Rd.)

Fri., July 6

6:00 p.m.

Ghost Hunters Teen Event (Main)

Sat., July 7

11:00 a.m.

Little Critters Petting Zoo  (Raleigh Ct.)

Sat., July 7

2:00 p.m.

Curse of the Were-Rabbit (G) (Jackson Park)

Sat., July 7

2:00 p.m.

Bottled Monsters Teen Craft (Gainsboro)

Sat., July 7

3:00 p.m.

Ghost Hunters Teen Event (Williamson Rd.)


Activities & Events Week 3: July 9–15

Mon., July 9

2:00 p.m.

Reader’s Theater of Horror Teen Event (Gainsboro)

Mon., July 9

2:00 p.m.

Handmade Books Teen Craft (Melrose)

Mon., July 9

4:00 p.m.

Teen Gaming (Melrose)

Mon., July 9

6:00 p.m.

Bedtime Stories w/Cookie Decorating  (Jackson Park)

Tues., July 10

10:30 a.m.

Where the Wild Things Are Story Improv  (Gainsboro)

Tues., July 10

10:30 a.m.

Bedtime Stories w/Cookie Decorating  (Raleigh Ct.)

Tues., July 10

2:00 p.m.

Handmade Books Teen Craft (Jackson Park)

Tues., July 10

4—7:30 p.m.

Dungeons & Dragons for Teens (Main)

Wed., July 11

10:30 a.m.

Astronomy & Mythology of the Constellations w/Science Museum of Western VA (Williamson Rd.)

Wed., July 11

10:30 a.m.

Wed., July 11

2:00 p.m.

Handmade Books Teen Craft (Main)

Wed., July 11

2:00 p.m.

Reader’s Theater of Horror Teen Event (Raleigh Ct.)

Thurs., July 12

10:30 a.m.

Bedtime Stories w/Cookie Decorating

 (Melrose)

Where the Wild Things Are Story Improv  (Williamson Rd.)


This week’s theme is:

Reading in the Dark

Thurs., July 12

2:00 p.m.

Shanghai Knights (PG-13) (Jackson Park)

Thurs., July 12

2:00 p.m.

Handmade Books Teen Craft (Raleigh Ct.)

Thurs., July 12

2:00 p.m.

Star Tracker for Craft for Kids & Teens (Main)

Thurs., July 12

4:00 p.m.

Teen Gaming (Gainsboro)

Thurs., July 12

6:00 p.m.

Fri., July 13

10:30 a.m.

Bedtime Stories w/Cookie Decorating  (Williamson Rd.)

Fri., July 13

10:30 a.m.

Star Wand Craft  (Jackson Park)

Fri., July 13

10:30 a.m.

Happy Feet 2 (PG) (Main)

Fri., July 13

2:00 p.m.

Teen Movie: King Arthur (PG-13) (Main)

Fri., July 13

2:00 p.m.

Handmade Books Teen Craft (Gainsboro)

Fri., July 13

2:00 p.m.

Dolphin Tale (PG) (Melrose)

Sat., July 14

2:00 p.m.

Puss in Boots (PG) (Jackson Park)

Sat., July 14

2:00 p.m.

Bedtime Stories (PG) (Raleigh Ct.)

Sat., July 14

2:00 p.m.

Handmade Books Teen Craft (Williamson Rd.)

Sat., July 14

2:00 p.m.

Family Movie (Gainsboro)

Bedtime Stories w/Cookie Decorating

 (Gainsboro)


Activities & Events Week 4: July 16–22

Mon., July 16

10:30 a.m.

Face Painting & Ice Cream  (Melrose)

Mon., July 16

10:30 a.m.

Mommy & Baby Yoga  (Jackson Park)

Mon., July 16

2:00 p.m.

Night Painting for Teens (Melrose)

Mon., July 16

2:00 p.m.

Midsummer Night’s Dream Reader’s Theater for Teens (Jackson Park)

Mon., July 16

4:00 p.m.

Unplugged Gaming  (Melrose)

Tues., July 17 10:30 a.m.

Face Painting & Ice Cream  (Gainsboro)

Tues., July 17 10:30 a.m.

Winken, Blinken & Nod Story Program  (Williamson Rd.)

Tues., July 17 2:00 p.m.

Night Painting for Teens (Jackson Park)

Tues., July 17 2:00 p.m.

Dream Interpretation for Tweens & Teens (Raleigh Ct.)

Tues., July 17 4—7:30 p.m. Dungeons & Dragons for Teens (Main) Wed., July 18 10:30 a.m.

Mommy & Baby Yoga  (Williamson Rd.)

Wed., July 18 10:30 a.m.

Exploring Mars  w/Science Museum of Western VA (Raleigh Ct.)

Wed., July 18 10:30 a.m.

Face Painting & Ice Cream  (Main)

Wed., July 18 2:00 p.m.

Midsummer Night’s Dream Reader’s Theater for Teens (Williamson Rd.)

Wed., July 18 2:00 p.m.

Night Painting for Teens (Main)

Thurs., July 19 10:30 a.m.

Winken, Blinken & Nod Story Program  (Main)


This week’s theme is:

Dreaming in the Dark

Thurs., July 19 10:30 a.m.

Face Painting & Ice Cream  (Williamson Rd.)

Thurs., July 19 11:30 a.m.

“Bring Your Lunch” Movie: Ratatouille (G) (Gainsboro)

Thurs., July 19 2:00 p.m.

Hugo (PG) (Jackson Park)

Thurs., July 19 2:00 p.m.

Night Painting for Teens (Williamson Rd.)

Thurs., July 19 2:00 p.m.

Teen Movie: A Knight’s Tale (PG-13) (Main)

Thurs., July 19 6:00 p.m.

LEGO Night  (Gainsboro)

Fri., July 20

10:30 a.m.

Mommy & Baby Yoga  (Raleigh Ct.)

Fri., July 20

10:30 a.m.

Face Painting & Ice Cream  (Jackson Park)

Fri., July 20

10:30 a.m.

Sand Collages Craft  (Gainsboro)

Fri., July 20

10:30 a.m.

Glitter Stars & Moons Craft  (Main)

Fri., July 20

2:00 p.m.

Hugo (PG) (Main)

Fri., July 20

2:00 p.m.

Night Painting for Teens (Raleigh Ct.)

Fri., July 20

2:00 p.m.

Dark Crystal (PG) (Melrose)

Sat., July 21

10:30 a.m.

Face Painting & Ice Cream  (Raleigh Ct.)

Sat., July 21

2:00 p.m.

American Tail (G) (Jackson Park)

Sat., July 21

2:00 p.m.

Night Painting for Teens (Gainsboro)


Activities & Events Week 5: July 23–29

Mon., July 23

10:30 a.m.

Zumba  (Melrose)

Mon., July 23

2:00 p.m.

Who Am I? Where Do I Live  w/Science Museum of Western VA (Gainsboro)

Mon., July 23

2:00 p.m.

Ornithopter Teen Craft (Jackson Park)

Mon., July 23

2:00 p.m.

Murder Mystery for Teens (Main)

Mon., July 23

4:00 p.m.

Teen Gaming (Melrose)

Tues., July 24

10:30 a.m.

Ghost Stories  (Raleigh Ct.)

Tues., July 24

10:30 a.m.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Part 1: Storytime & Drop Off (Gainsboro)

Tues., July 24

1:00 p.m.

Ghost Stories  (Jackson Park)

Tues., July 24

2—7:30 p.m. Dungeons & Dragons for Teens (Main)

Wed., July 25

10:30 a.m.

Zumba  (Main)

Wed., July 25

10:30 a.m.

Ghost Stories  (Williamson Rd.)

Wed., July 25

1:00 p.m.

Ghost Stories  (Melrose)

Wed., July 25

2:00 p.m.

Ornithopter Teen Craft (Williamson Rd.)

Wed., July 25

2:00 p.m.

Murder Mystery for Teens (Raleigh Ct.)

Thurs., July 26

10:30 a.m.

Smart Start Storytime & Craft  (Williamson Rd.)


This week’s theme is:

Adventures in the Dark Thurs., July 26

10:30 a.m.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Part 2: Craft & Pick Up  (Gainsboro)

Thurs., July 26

12—7:00 p.m. Dungeons & Dragons Teen Tournament (Main)

Thurs., July 26

2:00 p.m.

Dark Crystal (PG) (Jackson Park)

Thurs., July 26

2:00 p.m.

Shanghai Knights (PG-13) (Raleigh Ct.)

Thurs., July 26

4:00 p.m.

Teen Gaming (Gainsboro)

Thurs., July 26

6:00 p.m.

Cafe Night  (Gainsboro)

Fri., July 27

10:30 a.m.

Adventures of Tin Tin (PG) (Raleigh Ct.)

Fri., July 27

10:30 a.m.

Zumba  (Gainsboro)

Fri., July 27

10:30 a.m.

Puss in Boots (PG) (Main)

Fri., July 27

2:00 p.m.

Ornithopter Teen Craft (Gainsboro)

Fri., July 27

2:00 p.m.

Teen Movie: Shanghai Knights (PG-13) (Main)

Fri., July 27

3:00 p.m.

Star Ring Craft  (Melrose)

Sat., July 28

12—4:30 p.m. Dungeons & Dragons for Teens (Main)

Sat., July 28

2:00 p.m.

Family Movie (Gainsboro)

Sat., July 28

2:00 p.m.

Up (PG) (Jackson Park)


Activities & Events

Week 6: July 30–August 5

Mon., July 30

10:30 a.m.

The Dance Experience  by Roanoke Children’s Theatre (Jackson Park)

Mon., July 30

2:00 p.m.

Guitar Lessons for Teens (Melrose)

Mon., July 30

2:00 p.m.

Glow Dancing for Teens (Gainsboro)

Tues., July 31

10:30 a.m.

A Little Night Music Dance Program (Melrose)

Tues., July 31

10:30 a.m.

The Dance Experience  by Roanoke Children’s Theatre (Raleigh Ct.)

Tues., July 31

11:30 a.m.

“Bring Your Lunch” Movie: Muppets (PG) (Gainsboro)

Tues., July 31

2:00 p.m.

Guitar Lessons for Teens (Raleigh Ct.)

Tues., July 31

4—7:30 p.m.

Dungeons & Dragons for Teens (Main)

Wed., August 1 10:30 a.m.

Planetary Journey w/Science Museum of Western VA (Melrose)

Wed., August 1 10:30 a.m.

The Dance Experience  by Roanoke Children’s Theatre (Main)

Wed., August 1 10:30 a.m.

Shake Your Sillies Out Storytime  (Raleigh Ct.)

Wed., August 1 2:00 p.m.

Guitar Lessons for Teens (Main)

Wed., August 1 2:00 p.m.

Glow Dancing for Teens (Williamson Rd.)


This week’s theme is:

Dancing in the Dark

Thurs., August 2

10:30 a.m.

A Little Night Music Dance Program  (Raleigh Ct.)

Thurs., August 2

10:30 a.m.

Smart Start Storytime & Craft  (Williamson Rd.)

Thurs., August 2

2:00 p.m.

Dragonslayer (PG) (Jackson Park)

Thurs., August 2

2:00 p.m.

Guitar Lessons for Teens (Gainsboro)

Thurs., August 2

6:00 p.m.

Glowing Sidewalk Painting for Kids & Teens  (Gainsboro)

Fri., August 3

10:30 a.m.

Star Pinwheels Craft  (Gainsboro)

Fri., August 3

10:30 a.m.

Alice in Wonderland (G) (Main)

Fri., August 3

2:00 p.m.

Teen Movie: Dragonslayer (PG) (Main)

Fri., August 3

2:00 p.m.

Guitar Lessons for Teens (Williamson Rd.)

Fri., August 3

2:00 p.m.

Dragonslayer (PG) (Melrose)

Sat., August 4

12:00 p.m.

Guitar Lessons for Teens (Jackson Park)

Sat., August 4

2:00 p.m.

Family Movie (Gainsboro)


2012 Summer Reading Program  

2012 Summer Reading Program

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