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Wake library events beginning

Beginning this month, Wake County Public Libraries launched three countywide events: Every Teen Ready to Lead; the 31st Annual Storytelling Festival; and Click Watch, Learn: Storytimes Online.

Every Teen Ready to Lead

Every Teen Ready to Lead is a leadership program for teens sixth through tenth grades that includes a weekly experience in the regional libraries and a leadership/volunteer component. The program, meant to foster an appreciation of volunteer service, will offer volunteer opportunities and educational programs. Regional libraries will offer 2-4 experiences per week, while community libraries will offer 1-2.

31st Annual Storytelling Festival

The 31st Annual Storytelling Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Historic Oak View County Park.

Featured storytellers for the day include Heather Forest ( and The Healing Force ( The family-friendly band Big Bang Boom and the theater troupe Rags to Riches will perform during the day.

In addition, children’s services librarians will be telling stories using the emergent literacy techniques in the Every Child Ready to Read program series.

Other family friendly events include a hayride shuttle and gaming sites where children earn event “dollars” to use at the storytelling festival store.

The event is free and families are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to spend the day. Storytelling will occur underneath large tents and the event will occur, rain or shine.

Click, Watch, Learn

Click, Watch, Learn: Storytimes Online is a video initiative created by library staff to support the nationally recognized parenting initiative, Every Child Ready to Read. The initiative was created to encourage local public libraries to provide support for parents and caregivers with early literacy development in young children.

Storytimes Online, along with the weekly storytimes in the library facilities themselves, focus on five activities: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Both the digital and in-house experiences encourage children to develop those early literacy skills which encourage success in school.

Families are invited to watch the videos online and to attend storytimes at their local library. Wake County Public Libraries offer over 160 storytimes each week for the young child. The launch of Click, Watch, Learn: Storytimes Online will enable families to have access to storytimes at any time and from anywhere.