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Library planning slate of summer activities

The Greenville-Butler Co. Public Library has an active summer planned of programming and special events, said Library Director Kevin Pearcey.

“We’re really, really excited about this summer,” said Pearcey. “Last year, of course, we were shut down for much of the summer due to renovations, so this year it’s great to be able to get back in the swing of things and offer Butler County citizens free programming and some fun events that all can enjoy.”

The Library will kick off its summer schedule on Monday, June 5 at 2 p.m. with renowned entertainer and children’s performer Tommy Johns. Johns, said Pearcey, is bringing his innovative and entertaining new summer program, “Build a Better Story,” to Greenville for the first time. The approximately 45 minute-long show features magic, storytelling, puppetry, comedy and audience participation.

Other events include:

“Beauty & the Beast” on Wednesday, June 14, 2 p.m. – The Library is proud to announce that the Hampstead Stage is returning to Greenville in June to perform an adaptation of the classic fairy tale “Beauty & the Beast” in June. The Hampstead Stage Co. is a unique theatrical experience where two actors play multiple roles in a performance, while also incorporating audience members into the production. The play is free for the public and will be held in the Community Room.

Animal Architects on Thursday, June 22, 1 p.m. – Animal Tales presents “Animal Architects.” Architecture, Design, Excavating, Construction. All are performed on a regular basis in Nature. Animal Architects will feature a variety of exotic animals from across the globe that utilize very unique abilities to build and construct as part of survival in the wild. Be prepared to get up-close and personal learning about these very constructive critters.

Doc Atoms “Explosive Science” Show on Friday, June 30, 11 a.m. – Doc Atoms, the Mad Scientist, brings his explosive S.T.E.A.M-based science show to the library for an hour of fun. The program will include interactive science demonstrations and lots of laughter.

Be At Your Best with Mark Seymour on Thursday, July 13, 11 a.m. – Mark Seymour returns to the library with his popular high-energy music show, Be At Your Best.

Star Wars Day on Saturday, July 29, 11 a.m. – Star Wars Day returns in 2017. Come enjoy LEGOs, prize giveaways, snacks, and special “Star Wars” character face painting courtesy of Abrakadoodle as the library concludes summer activities. Starts at 11 a.m. in the Community Room.

Additionally, the library will hold its annual Summer Reading 5-week program starting on Tuesday, June 27 and running through Thursday, July 26. The program is for ages 5 – 10 and will feature crafts, snacks and story time activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program will be coordinated by local school teachers Stephanie Rodrique and Krystal Thagard. More information can be obtained by calling the library or coming by to register your child at the Circulation Desk.