For many kids, school’s out. But for those in Raleigh’s year-round schools, at least it’s June. As summer approaches, parents will be taxed with balancing time outdoors in the heat and sun with time inside reading books or enjoying family films. Appropriately, there are summer reading kickoffs and summer movie series starting this weekend and early next week.
▪ Hit the pool this summer, but hit the books, too: the Durham County Public Library’s Summer Reading Kickoff is Saturday at Northgate Mall’s outdoor plaza. At this extravaganza there will be dance ensembles, jump rope champions, aerialists and even animals from the North Carolina Zoo – oh, and books, of course. It’s free and lasts 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit durhamcountylibrary.org/summerreading.
▪ Saturday and Sunday, Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh celebrates the opening of StepNotes – a stairway made of functioning piano keys – with its MakeShop: DIY Instruments program. Kids can use everyday materials like cardboard, tape and strings to make functional musical instruments. This is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days and museum admission is $5 for most people (military adults pay $4, while kids under 1 year old are free). Visit marbleskidsmuseum.org.
▪ The Orange County Library’s Summer Read-a-thon is Monday, 1-7 p.m. During that time, you can read your library fines away: for every 15 minutes spent at the library reading, have $2 worth of library fines forgiven. There will be light snacks and hourly door prizes. Visit orangecountync.gov/library.
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▪ On Tuesday, Northgate Stadium 10’s summer movie camp starts with the film “Home.” Each week, from June 14 through Aug. 18, a different family film will play at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. These are free for children and the adults they bring with them. Visit northgatemall.com.
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