FOLSOI is excited to announce a $1,000 grant from BEMC (Brunswick Electric) to help fund the Harper and Barbee Libraries’ summer reading programs for children of all ages. In keeping with Covid restrictions, this summer all programs will be via Zoom.

The line-up is extraordinary. First up will be a wild adventure about two curious kids who visit the city zoo and discover all sorts of incredible animals, including a horse who knows in its heart that it is truly a unicorn. Is he?

Next Mark Daniel will take the viewers on a fun-filled trip sharing great books and magical surprises. He will be followed by the Joys of Nature “Working with Dangerous Animals” program with Joy Marzolf who will talk about animals like snakes, pythons, alligators and crocodiles, and how their keepers and scientists stay safe when they are around them.

Yasu Ishida will dazzle the kids with stories about the circus that combine Japanese theatre, music and origami and will amaze every age. The NC Aquarium will present “A Tale of Ocean Tails,” an introduction to some ocean animals that have a unique tail and why that makes them special.

The summer will end with Sandbank Shadow Factory’s “Shadow School,” a puppetry program that teaches literary devices through the use of shadow skits.

The summer programs will all be at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, from June 15 to July 27. Registration is required for all Zooms and may be done either online or in-person. A link will be emailed the day before the event to all who have registered.