Young Adult Programs and Events

  • SRP
    2014

  • SRP
    Details

  • YA
    Events

  • Sign-up
    Programs

  • Friday
    Crafts

  • Community
    Service Project

  • Online
    Resources

All YA Book Review Cards are due no later
than Saturday, July 26 at 5:00pm, no exceptions!

Be Extreme at your library!

Policies, Points, and Prizes | Team Names
Sign Up Programs and Friday Crafts| Service Project

Policies, Points, and Prizes

1. General registration for the 2014 YA Summer Reading Program begins Monday, May 19, 2014 at all Burke County Public Library locations..


2. This program is exclusively for rising middle, middle, and high school students.


3. Upon SRP registration, you will choose one of four teams. You will earn points for your team during the summer through program participation, reading books, and contributing to the service project.


4. Points and Prizes: (You must be present at the Prize Night and Cookout at Catawba Meadows Park on Monday, July 28 in order to receive prizes.)

a) Participants from the team with the most points at the end of the Summer Reading Program will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 cash prize.

b) For every book read and reviewed on a critique sheet, you receive points for your team. A minimum of two sentences must be written for each book read. For every 6 books read and critiqued, you are put into a drawing for one of two KINDLE FIRE HDX’s given away at the Prize Night and Cookout on Monday, July 28.

c) Points will be given to your team for every program you attend during the summer. You must sign-in at all programs in order to get credit for participation. If you attend at least 7 of the programs, you will be entered to win a $100 cash prize.

d) Points will be awarded to your team each time you donate to our Community Service Project throughout the SRP—details at each library.

e) Failure to notify Young Adult Staff 24 hours before an absence to a sign-up program will result in a loss of 100 points for your team.

f) Various opportunities throughout the SRP will enable you to earn extra team points.


5. Sign-up Programs: Participants may register for ONE signup program at Opening Night on June 14. (Please see back of flyer for very important details.)

Team Names

Team 1:

Hobbits and Dwarves

Team 2:

Elves and Wizards

Team 3:

Goblins and Orcs

Team 4:

Dragons




Failure to notify Young Adult Staff 24 hours before an absence
to a sign-up program will result in a loss of 100 points for your team.

For more information concerning the Young Adult Summer Reading Program or any other Young Adult events at the library contact Margaret Ruark at 764-9260 or email to mruark@bcpls.org.

There will be no programs
June 30-July 4.


Opening Night and Sign-Up Programs

YA SRP participants may register for ONE sign-up program only.

Participants (not a family member or friend) will draw a random number beginning at 5:30pm on Opening Night, Saturday, June 14.

Once the number drawing closes, registration for Sign-Up Programs will begin.
Small groups will be called in numerical order to the registration tent/tables.

Participants must present his/her number prior to registering.
If he/she loses their number, he/she must wait until open registration.

If a participant does not show at the time his/her number is called,
he/she misses their opportunity to register until all other numbers have been called.

If a desired program is full, the participant may choose another program or be put on a waiting list.
PARTICIPANTS MAY ONLY SIGN UP FOR ONE PROGRAM, EVEN IF IT IS A WAITING LIST.

Once all numbers have been called and extra spaces are available, there will be an OPEN registration.

If a fee is required, it must be paid at registration and is NON-REFUNDABLE.



Friday Crafts

Craft programs will be limited to 30 participants.

Participants may arrive up to 30 minutes prior to the craft program to receive an “Admission Ticket”.

Once 30 tickets have been disbursed, the program will be “CLOSED”.

Participants will give the YA SRP Staff their ticket upon signing in at the start of the program.

Parents are advised not to leave teen until there is certainty of an opening or teen has permission to stay.



Service Project

As Hobbits are known for their hospitality and generosity, this year the YA SRP will participate in a service project to collect school supplies for the Burke County Outreach Center. This organization distributes backpacks full of school supplies to children in our area. We will collect items such as pencils, dividers, glue, erasers, composition books, index cards, paper, crayons, glue sticks, pens, etc. Each time you donate an item, you will receive extra points for your team. Donation bins will be available at each program and library site.

Download the Summer Reading Program Flyer

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YA Events

Saturday, June 14th at MPL
6:00pm-8:00pm

Opening Night: It's a Hobbit Birthday Party!

Start your adventure off with a traditional Hobbiton celebration with carnival games, karaoke music, crafts and a prop photo booth! Ride the mechanical dragon and test your strength on the Hi-striker! Registration for sign-up programs will be tonight! Parents must sign a waiver for teen to ride the mechanical dragon. (Rain date is Monday, June 16, 6pm at MPL.)
Download the Waiver to ride the mechanical dragon.

Monday, June 23rd at MPL
6:00pm

Jeff Copeland, Illusionist

Tonight you will be left in wonder as you experience the wizardry and magic of Jeff Copeland. Whatever you do, don’t blink or you may miss something totally mind-blowing!

Saturday, June 28th at MPL
4:30pm

YA Matinee Movie
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Rated PG-13 - 182 minutes

The Quest begins in this first movie when Bilbo Baggins is approached by Gandalf the Grey and a Company of 13 dwarves led by warrior Thorin Oakenshield to join them on an adventure to reclaim the lost Dwarf kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Free popcorn, bring your own drink.

Monday, July 7th at Pavillion Skating Rink
6pm-8pm

YA Skate Night

Meet at the skating rink in Morganton for a private night of skating and rollerblading. Teens may earn an extra 50 points for their team for coming dressed in Middle Earth costumes...hobbits, dwarves, wizards, dragons, elves, etc. If teens choose to rollerblade, there will be an additional $2 fee at the door. Teens are responsible for their own concessions; costumes are optional.

Tonight, participants can sign up to attend the movie “How To Train Your Dragon 2” at the Marquee Cinemas on July 14th. Spaces are limited.

Tuesday, July 10th at VPL
6:00pm

YA Geo-Caching Night

Divided into teams, teens will use GPS-enabled devices (or their smart phones) to locate hidden “caches” ultimately leading to Smaug’s hoard of gold and jewels. Teams will navigate through downtown Valdese using GPS coordinates in order to find clues leading to the dragon’s lair where he hides the coveted treasure. Each team will be accompanied by a staff member or volunteer of the library and will be instructed on how to use GPS devices. Earn points for your team by being the first to find the “cache.” Parent Permission must be signed in order to participate.

Monday, July 14th at Marquee Cinemas in Morganton
Time TBA

YA Movie Night
How To Train Your Dragon 2 (PG)

Participants must have signed up at Skate Night in order to attend.

It has been five years since Toothless and Hiccup successfully united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk. The adventure continues with the discovery of a secret ice cave, home to hundreds more species of dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider. The two friends find themselves in battle to protect the peace when Drago Bludvist plans to raise an army of dragons to take over the world! Teens are responsible for their own concessions and costumes are optional for extra team points.

Tuesday, July 22nd at Valdese Rec Department
7pm-9pm

YA Swim and Bowling Night

Join us at the Valdese Rec. Dept. for a night of swimming and bowling! If choosing to do both, be sure to have shoes, towel, bathing suit, and dry clothes. The pool will be open for free swim (supervised by certified lifeguards) and the bowling alley offers eight lanes to play. Earn extra points for your team for every strike you bowl! Teens are responsible for their own concessions.

Saturday, July 26th at MPL
4:30pm

YA Matinee Movie
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Rated PG-13 - 161 minutes

After successfully crossing over and through the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company continue their adventure through many dangerous places and meet many strange creatures along the way. Ultimately, they seek the Secret Door giving them access to the hoard of Smaug the dragon. Meanwhile, Bilbo is in possession of a mystic and magical ring… and where’s Gandalf? Free popcorn, bring your own drink.

Monday, July 28th at Catawba Meadows Park, Shelter #1
6:00pm-8:00pm

Prize Night and Cookout at the Park!

Come to Catawba Meadows Park for a cookout and prizes! Find out who will take home the cash prizes and two Kindle Fire HDX’s. What team prevailed throughout the adventure? The YA must be present to win; will be held rain or shine!

Download the Summer Reading Program Flyer

Be Extreme at your library!

Sign-Up Programs

All sign up programs require Parent Permission and fees to be paid at registration.

Registration for these programs will be on Opening Night (Saturday, June 14th - MPL at 6pm).
Details on how registration for these programs will work is at the bottom of the page.

Skeet Shooting

Tuesday, July 8th
@ Morganton Skeet Club

Middle Earth characters always relied on their abilities to hunt and defend. Test your skills as a marksman at the Morganton Skeet Club. Led by certified instructors, you will be able to learn or sharpen your shooting abilities. All firearms, safety equipment, and skeet will be provided. Parent waiver must be signed for participation.


Fee: $10 must be paid at registration
Location: Morganton Skeet Club
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Limited to 10 participants

Second Breakfast Baking Program

Wednesday, June 18th
@ My Local Bakery

Hobbits were known for their love of delicious food, especially baked goodies. “My Local Bakery” of Morganton will instruct you in making and baking several types of Old English breads and pastries. You bake, you take! Parent waiver must be signed for participation.


Free Program
Location: My Local Bakery, Morganton
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Limited to 10 participants

Zipline, Picnic, and Climbing Tower

Thursday, June 19th
@ Catawba Meadows Park/Beanstalk Journey

Thorin and Company were constantly navigating across all types of terrain trying to reach and reclaim Erebor. Join us as we glide through the trees on the zipline, picnic in the park, and climb the tower at Beanstalk Journeys. Staff will ensure safety and know-how to conquer these exciting feats. Teens must wear closed-toe shoes and NO jewelry; long hair must be pulled back. Bring bag lunch, plenty of water and sunscreen. Parent waiver must be signed for participation.


Fee: $25 must be paid at registration
Location: Catawba Meadows Park/Beanstalk Journey
Time: 9:30am-3:00pm
Limited to 14 participants

Horseback Trail Ride and Picnic

Tuesday, June 24th
@ Cedar Creek Stables in Lake Lure, NC

Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarves travelled much of their quest by horse and pony. Cedar Creek Stables in Lake Lure is taking us on our own guided adventure through the woods, creeks, and mountains on horseback. Be sure to wear long pants and socks, closed-toe shoes, and bring sunscreen. Pack a lunch and plenty of water. If you want to go gem mining afterwards, bring an extra $8.00 or just enjoy hanging out on the beautiful property. Riding helmets will be provided and must be worn by ALL participants. Parent waiver must be signed for participation.


Fee: $30 must be paid at registration
Location: Meet at MPL Parking Lot
Time: 8:30am-4:00pm
Limited to 11 participants

Transportation provided by the Morganton Recreation Department

Calligraphy Program: The Art of Letter Design

Thursday, June 26th
@ Morganton Public Library

Dwarves and Elves took great pride in their ancient written language called Runes used in their journals, stories, and maps. Calligraphist, Elizabeth Simmonds, will demonstrate and teach participants how to design a framed personal project using the visual art of letter design—Calligraphy. All supplies will be provided.


Free Program
Location: Morganton Public Library
Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Limited to 16 participants

Adventure River Tubing, Kayaking, and Canoeing

Tuesday, July 15th

Bilbo and Company were no strangers to travelling down a river especially after escaping the Elves in Mirkwood, in barrels no doubt! This trip offered by Wahoo’s Adventures in Boone, NC, will provide teens with unlimited access to river tubes, kayaks and canoes to use on a stretch of the New River. Teens should wear comfortable clothing, bathing suit and shoes (no flip flops). Bring sunscreen, bag lunch, plenty of water, hat, sunglasses and change of dry clothes. Snacks and drinks at the outpost are available and are the teen’s responsibility. Parent waiver must be signed for participation.


Fee: $25 must be paid at registration
Location: Meet at MPL Parking Lot
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Limited to 13 participants

Transportation provided by the Morganton Recreation Department

Archery Program

Thursday, July 17th
@ Catawba Meadows Park

Woodland Elves were superb with a bow and arrow! Join us at Catawba Meadows Park for an archery class hosted by the NC Wildlife Federation. Participants will learn bow safety and receive instruction on how to properly hold, aim and shoot at targets. Teens will have ample opportunities for practice. Team points will be awarded for every bulls-eye! Bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen. Parent waiver must be signed for participation.


Free Program
Location: Catawba Meadows Park (ball field side)
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Limited to 12 participants

Hiking Trip to Chimney Rock

Thursday, July 24th
@ Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, NC

This trip has everything you could ask for! Join us for a day of hiking and exploring in Chimney Rock Park . Experience spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Exclamation Point and The Chimney, then travel down to the gorgeous Hickory Nut Falls, a 404 foot waterfall. Checkout Gniess Cave, a 70-foot deep fissure historically used for moonshine production. Wear comfortable clothing, closed-toe shoes, and sunscreen. No swimming. Bring a bag lunch with plenty of water. Gift shop and concessions are the teen’s responsibility. Parent waiver must be signed for participation.


Fee: $10 must be paid at registration
Location: Meet at MPL Parking Lot
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Limited to 13 participants

Transportation provided by the Morganton Recreation Department




Opening Night and Sign Up Programs

YA SRP participants may register for ONE sign-up program only.

Participants (not a family member or friend) will draw a random number beginning at 5:30pm on Opening Night, Saturday, June 14.

Once the number drawing closes, registration for Sign-Up Programs will begin.
Small groups will be called in numerical order to the registration tent/tables.

Participants must present his/her number prior to registering.
If he/she loses their number, he/she must wait until open registration.

If a participant does not show at the time his/her number is called,
he/she misses the opportunity to register until all other numbers have been called.

If a desired program is full, the participant may choose another program or be put on a waiting list.
Participants may only sign up for one program, even if it is a waiting list spot.

Once all numbers have been called and extra spaces are available, there will be an OPEN registration.

If a fee is required, it must be paid at registration and is Non-Refundable. Checks and Cash accepted, no credit/debit cards.

Download the Summer Reading Program Flyer

Be Extreme at your library!

Friday Crafts!

Craft programs are limited to 30 participants. See the bottom of this page for details

June 20
2:00pm-3:30pm at MPL

Hobbit Hole and Radagast the Brown Birdhouses

Using a wooden birdhouse as the frame, teens can replicate the classic Hobbit Hole of the Shire or the home of Radagast the Brown, protector of the forests. They will use stones, moss, pinecone shingles, sticks and everything "nature" to detail their house.

June 27
2:00pm-3:00pm at CBH

Hand-Built Earthenware Pottery

Hand-building is an ancient pottery-making technique used to make rustic pots without a wheel. Teens will learn the basic skills of hand-building and create their own cup to be glazed and fired in a local kiln. Once created, the process takes a few weeks. Upon completion, teens will be notified and will have to pick up their finished pieces at the Morganton Public Library.

July 11
2:00pm-4:00pm at VPL

Blacksmith Demonstration

Middle Earth characters relied on the craft and skills of the blacksmith for their horseshoes, agriculture implements, nails, household items and most certainly for their weapons. Today, teens will experience a demonstration from a local blacksmith who specializes in primitve tool and weaponary. The Forge will be coming to us!
Please note, this is an outside program.

July 18
2:00-3:30pm at MPL

Enchanted Wizard Bubble Wands and Furry Hobbit Feet

No wizard is ever without their wand nor does a Hobbit have hairless feet! Wizard wands will be made with sticks, copper wire, marbles and beads of choice and can be used with bubbles! Hobbit feet will be a fun extra to wear at your next party for great conversation!

July 25
2:00-3:30pm at MPL

Bejeweled Jar Lanterns

Elves, Wizards, Goblins, or Dwarves couldn't function in the deep, dark terrain without the aid of a lantern when travelling through Middle Earth. Teens will make a "bejeweled" lantern with Mason jars, candles, beads, marbles, jewels, and gold puff paint symbolizing the treasure the Dwarves so desperately wanted to reclaim from Smaug the Dragon.




Craft programs are limited to 30 participants. You may arrive up to 30 minutes prior to receive an “admission ticket”. Once 30 tickets have been disbursed, the program is closed. Teen must show ticket upon signing in for program. Parents are advised not to leave teen until there is certainty of an opening or teen has permission to stay.

Download the Summer Reading Program Flyer

Online Resources

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Teens Online Resources Page!


OneClick Audio Books from NC Live and Recorded Books!

NCSLMA Battle of the Books
Booklist 2014-2015

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Note: All books are available through the Burke County Public Library!


New YA Books!

Link to the List of New Books for this Month

Checkout the New and Upcoming Books,
and place holds on the ones you want to read!