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Performers & Series

Events throughout the summer feature some of your favorite performers. This page lists performances for the kickoff, mid-point rally and finale, as well as system-wide performers.

Summer Reading Kickoff

Saturday, June 13
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Northgate Mall

Running throughout the event:

  • Paint Savvy (Outside)
  • Donna Pruett (Outside)
  • Interactive Playhouse (Outside)
  • Game Trucks (Outside)
  • Durham Art Council (Inside the Clay Studio)
  • Fairy Hair Flare (Inside)
  • DJ Pitty Pat (Outside)
  • Museum of Natural Science (Inside)
  • North Carolina Aquarium (Inside)
  • Library Craft Station (Outside)
  • Happymess (Outside)
  • Flow Circus (Roving)
  • Cirque de Vol (Roving)

Center Stage (Specific Times to Come)

NC Zoo

Through the use of biofacts, demonstrations and live animals, participants will investigate the science behind how different animals move around their environment! There will be time at the end of the program for participants to ask questions and get an up close experience w/the animals and bio-facts.

Cirque de Vol-The Superhero Circus

Cirque de Vol Studios’ very own Super Book-reading Circus Heroes are SHAZZAAAAMING their way over to Northgate Mall and their Zook! Slam! Splooosh Agenda is not so secret. These super acrobatic spectacles and circus arts show-stoppin’ Onomatopoeia poppin performances will WOW the entire family!

Almost Amazing Al

A master magician, a kid’s comedian and an absolutely astonishing balloon artist. He combines humor, education, interaction, positive messages and a few surprises for everyone.

System-Wide Performers

Jared Axelrod (Teen)
Do you like cosplay? Do you want to make costumes of your favorite comic/movie characters but you don’t know where to start? Costume expert, Jared Axelrod, will help get you started with these easy-to-create fantasy costumes made with every day materials!

  • Monday, June 15, 12:30 p.m., North Regional Library
  • Monday, June 15, 4:30 p.m., East Regional Library
  • Tuesday, June 16, 1 p.m., Main Library
  • Tuesday, June 16, 3 p.m., Stanford L. Warren Branch
  • Wednesday, June 17, 1 p.m., South Regional Library
  • Thursday, June 18, 1 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
  • Thursday, June 18, 4:30 p.m., Bragtown Library

Uncle Ty-Rone: The Kid’s Comedian (Children)
Uncle Ty-Rone brings to the stage his team of puppets, better known as his cronies, self-produced music and comedy. He conveys his message through the art of ventriloquism to get his point across. The point is this: “When you read you can succeed and achieve your goals in life. Without knowledge you cannot and will not accomplish what is important to you”.

  • Monday, June 22, 6 p.m., South Regional Library
  • Tuesday, June 23, 10:30 a.m., Stanford L. Warren Branch
  • Tuesday, June 23, 4 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
  • Wednesday, June 24, 10:30 a.m., East Regional Library
  • Wednesday, June 24, 4 p.m., Bragtown Library
  • Thursday, June 25, 10:30 a.m., Main Library
  • Thursday, June 25, 6 p.m., North Regional Library

Chris & Neal: Salute Our Heroes  (Children)
Chris and Neal, “Carolina’s Most Popular Comedians” will perform a high-energy show filled with many illusions. They will place an emphasis on how heroes protect and teach us to make wise choices. A Rockstar Magic shows ALWAYS has tons of Fun Magic Acts, which include Animals.

  • Monday, July 6, 11 a.m., North Regional Library
  • Monday, July 6, 7 p.m., Stanford L. Warren Branch
  • Wednesday, July 8, 10:30 a.m., East Regional Library
  • Wednesday, July 8, 4 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
  • Thursday, July 9, 10:30 a.m., Main Library
  • Thursday, July 9, 6 p.m., South Regional Library
  • Friday, July 10, 4 p.m., Bragtown Library

Casey’s Laugh and Learn (Teen)
Unmask the Power of Dr. Freeze for teens! A hands on dry ice program.

  • Monday, July 13, 2 p.m., North Regional Library
  • Monday, July 13, 4:30 p.m., East Regional Library
  • Wednesday, July 15, 1 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
  • Wednesday, July 15, 4 p.m., Bragtown Library
  • Thursday, July 16, 1:30 p.m., Main Library
  • Thursday, July 16, 4 p.m., Stanford L. Warren Library
  • Thursday, July 16, 6:30 p.m., South Regional Library

Rags to Riches (Children)
Rags to Riches Theatre for Young Audiences presents Jack Tales, a new play by Lou Peters, Artistic Director for Rags to Riches. Paying homage to the Appalachian tradition from which these tales have sprung, Viola Buxom and Sye Buckwagon try to best each other’s Jack Tale. The tale of “Jack and the Bean Tree” is interwoven with “Jack and the Melon Patch” and “Bean Tree with a Beard.”

  • Monday, August 3, 10:30 a.m., East Regional Library
  • Monday, August 3, 4 p.m., Bragtown Library
  • Tuesday, August 4, 10:30 a.m., Stanford L. Warren Branch
  • Tuesday, August 4, 6:30 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
  • Wednesday, August 5, 10:30 a.m., North Regional Library
  • Thursday, August 6, 10:30 a.m., Main Library
  • Thursday, August 6, 6:30 p.m., South Regional Library

Midpoint Rally

Saturday, July 11
5 – 8 p.m.
Durham Central Park

Join us at Durham Central Park for a Summer Reading Midpoint Rally!

Dress-Your-Dog-as-a-Superhero Parade, 5 – 5:30 p.m.

Well-behaved dogs (good with other dogs and good with children) are welcome to join us for this superhero costume parade. No registration required. Just show up at Durham Central Park by 5 p.m. to participate.

Lunch Money, 5:45 – 6:15 p.m.

Lunch Money brings the indie-rock experience to family audiences with an energetic salute to the stuff of childhood: roller coasters, giant cookies and getting dizzy. The band delivers a high-energy show that aims to get children and their parents dancing, thinking and laughing.

April Turner, 6:30 – 7 p.m.

There is a dance for everything in African culture. Watch April Turner bring these dances and stories to life with song.

Melvil Dewey, 7:15 – 7:45 p.m.

International Library Hip Hop Superstar! This high-energy hip hop artist empowers children to speak up for their library and encourages them to become lifelong readers.

Food trucks will be on-site throughout the event.

Finale

Finale Tickets now Available
Visit any DCL location to pick up your free ticket to the Summer Reading Finale. One ticket per Summer Reading registrant. No ticket required for children under 2 years of age.

Saturday, August 8
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Museum of Life and Science
433 W Murray Ave

10 a.m., The Amazing Teacher – Not Every Hero Wears a Cape!

Heroes! They are the stuff of great stories, legends and books. They are also part of everyday life. Not every hero wears a cape. Stand Tall is an amazing show about real-life heroes. Being a hero isn’t about costumes, special powers or being faster than a speeding bullet … it is about making wise choices.

11 a.m., Sciencetellers – “Superheroes”

Throw on your lab coat and get ready to experience forces and reactions through several exciting, hands-on experiments that will have you laughing, learning and having fun! Enjoy this spectacular adventure and be swept away to a place where truly ‘super’ heroes really do exist!

12 Noon, Mad Science – “Soaring with Superheroes”

Super powers aren’t just for superheroes. Summer readers will see a child levitate. Discover the secrets behinds super strength through the power of air pressure. Using scientific principles things will go flying! See the Mad Scientist perform amazing experiments which will surprise the bad guys.

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