Library treats kids to magic

Published 8:29 pm Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Magician to perform at library’s summer reading event

Magician Rob Wescott will wow the crowds on Friday at a special performance at First Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall in Washington.

The event is the fourth in a series of programs — all part of Brown Library’s Summer Reading Program. Children ages 3 to 12 years old are invited to the free magic show, though each must be accompanied by an adult, according to Terry Rollins, the library’s children’s services director.

Wescott’s performance begins at 11 a.m. and is open to the public, no registration required.

“He does basic illusions and magic tricks, but he always customizes his show for our Summer Reading Program, which this year is ‘Dig into Reading,’” Rollins said.

Rollins said the program’s events have pulled in an average of 100 people each Friday—he expects no less for the three remaining events.

July 26, representatives from the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island will bring live animals for their program “Hanging Around Underground.” For the grand finale of the Summer Reading Program, Willa Brigham, host of children’s show “Smart Start Kids” on WRAL television, will bring songs, stories and poetry to town.

According to Rollins, Brown Library has had a full summer of children’s programming, providing events for all ages, including Friday night’s special Ghost Walk for teens. At 7 p.m. 13- to 18-year-olds are welcome to meet up at the front doors of the library and search out the haunts of Washington with Rollins. Registrations, however, is required. For more information about the Ghost Walk for young adults, call Kimberly Davenport at 252-946-4300.