"I don't have anything to do!"
Although most children enjoy the summer holiday from school, the lack of a routine, the constant contact with their friends, after-school activities, and even homework sometimes results in boredom, and the temptation to stare at the computer or TV trumps other activities when the summertime temperatures make the outdoors miserable.
The Central Library offers special programs to help interrupt the monotony of summer days. Their programs cover all age groups from preschool through older teens with topics ranging from reading, art, puppets, and even financial training for teenagers.
The financial workshop for teens has two more sessions for the summer program. Registration can be completed on-line for workshops scheduled for July 29 and August 3 at www.myfuturecents.com. The financial workshop helps teens learn about budgeting, the stock market, good credit practices, and wise money decisions.
While the teens are learning about money, the July program for younger school-aged children covers topics about pirates, seas, and streams.
- July 12 - Pirates of North Carolina • Librarian Helen Snow will enthrall you with tales of the North Carolina coast.
- July 19 - Streams and Screams • Learn what’s living in your local creek and how to keep them swimming.
- July 26 - Gary Sings • Songs of water and other things.
Each of these events takes place at 3:30 p.m. in the Children's area of the library.
Free movies are also offered every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. with a repeat of the same film on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. The remaining schedule for July is as follows:
- July 13 at 2 pm ................... Finding Nemo
- July 15 at 10 am ..................Finding Nemo
- July 20 at 2 pm ....................Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
- July 22 at 10 am ..................Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
- July 27 at 2 pm ....................Little Mermaid
- July 29 at 10 am ..................Little Mermaid
These films will entertain the preschooler through adult-aged and would serve as a free summertime activity that the whole family can enjoy.
For a specialized program for preschoolers, visit the library every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for story time.
If the Central Library is not a convenient location, then investigate the other events scheduled at libraries located around the Greensboro area.
Encourage the use of the library, checking out books, and reading as a way to fight summertime boredom, to provide alternate indoor activities, and to continue learning and growth.