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Bryant preparing library's summer reading program for liftoff

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Rachel Bryant

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By Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Correspondent

Saturday, May 18, 2019

As the children’s specialist at Camden County Library, Rachel Bryant is helping kids discover a love for reading.

“A Universe of Stories” is the library’s space-themed summer reading program for youth ages 5-12. The program, scheduled for Thursdays at 2 p.m., starts June 24 and ends on Aug. 9.

Children who participate will receive a kit that includes reading logs to document what they’ve read. Fiction and nonfiction books featuring space themes and content will also be available for checkout.

Students will also have an opportunity to make galaxy tie-dyed T-shirts, participate in a rocket launch and listen to speakers from the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and the Dismal Swamp State Park in South Mills.

Bryant also coordinates the “Baby Storytime” program for kids up to age 2 on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and “Toddler Storytime” for kids ages 2-4 on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

Toddlers enjoy the “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom” rhyme which starts the storytime program and the “Countdown from Five” song that ends each session with everyone “blasting off” like a rocket and jumping into the air.

The Camden County Library also offers its summer storytime program for kids ages 4-8 on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Saying she tries to make each storytime program enjoyable, Bryant likes to start the program for kids in the 4-8 age group with a yoga exercise. The sessions also include three readings that focus on early literacy concepts.

According to Bryant, some of the most popular children’s book series at the library are “Fancy Nancy,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” “Geronimo Stilton” and “Pete the Cat.”

Bryant, who graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in English, likes to create book displays and enjoys helping all patrons — adults as well as kids — locate books of interest.

“Our main goal is to get everybody in the library,” she said.

Bryant, who grew up going to the library in neighboring Currituck, said one of the best parts about working at a library is seeing the children’s “creativity and enthusiasm.”

“It is the most enjoyable job I have ever had,” said Bryant, who has worked at the Camden County Library for the last two years.

Bryant also owns Boonies Beer and Wine in Moyock with her partner, Kevin Schelling. She has incorporated her love of reading into the business by organizing a monthly book club for adults.

For more information about programs offered at the Camden County Library, visit the library’s Facebook page or website at https://www.camdencountync.gov/departments/library.

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