Events throughout the summer feature some of your favorite performers. This page lists performances for the kickoff, mid-point week and the finale, as well as system-wide performers.
Saturday, June 14
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Running throughout the event:
- Richard Cloudt- Caricaturist
- Paint Savvy
- Balloon Lady
- FairyHair Flare
- The Scrap Exchange
- Museum of Natural Science
- Caricature Artist
- Interactive Playhouse
- B-Boy Dancer Juan
- Game Truck
- Durham Arts Council
NC Zoo, 10 – 10:45 a.m., Inside the Mall
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.
Criss Cross Mangosauce, 10:15 a.m., Outside the Mall
This bilingual (English/Spanish) and bicultural performing group is a “must-see treat” for children, families and educators interested in the Spanish language and the Latino culture. Our interactive performances make children move and sing in both English and Spanish, using a combination of traditional Latin rhythms and classic American children rhymes. We also introduce sing-along stories and games from various countries in Latin-America.
Flow Circus, 11 – 11:45 a.m., Inside the Mall
Performer Paul Miller of Flow Circus tells the story of one fateful summer when he first learns about physics. In this seemingly magical world where everything falls, balances, and spins, he defies gravity and discovers new skills. His journey begins with a single question that ultimately gets answered at the library.
Lunch Money, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Outside the Mall
Lunch Money brings the indie rock experience to family audiences with an energetic, musical salute to the stuff of childhood: wishing for a dog, riding roller coasters, going to the library and getting dizzy. The Columbia, South Carolina-based trio has songs in regular rotation on SiriusXM Radio and has been reviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Come hop, roar, howl, and dance with Lunch Money!
Madscience, 12 noon – 12:45 p.m., Inside the Mall
Up, Up and Away! You think homework is pressure? Just wait until you learn how the weight of the earth’s atmosphere pushes down on you with the force of two elephants! Explore how Bernoulli’s principle creates enough lift to make a jumbo jet fly or how air pressure can be used to launch a hot air balloon. Watch in amazement as our vortex generator creates giant smoke rings. Want even more pressure? Take a ride on our amazing Mad Science Hovercraft! Mad Science shows are fun and educational and this program will leave you flying high! This spellbinding special event introduces children to the principles of air and pressure. Hot air balloons, vortex generators and even a hovercraft will help children understand the power of air.
HappyMess Art (Teen)
Teens will be instructed to make a mobile, using scientific property of force and motion to create a balanced piece at the end.
- Monday, June 16, 4:15 p.m., East Regional Library
- Tuesday, June 17, 1 p.m., Main Library
- Tuesday, June 17, 4 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
- Wednesday, June 18, 3 p.m., South Regional Library
- Thursday, June 19, 1 p.m., North Regional Library
- Thursday, June 19, 4 p.m., Stanford L. Warren Branch
- Friday, June 20, 4 p.m., Bragtown Library
Science Rocks with Flumpa (Children)
- Monday, June 23, 10:30 a.m., Stanford L. Warren Branch
- Monday, June 23, 6 p.m., South Regional Library
- Tuesday, June 24, 10:30 a.m., Main Library
- Tuesday, June 24, 4 p.m., East Regional Library
- Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
- Wednesday, June 25, 10:30 a.m., North Regional Library
- Thursday, June 26, 10:30 a.m., Bragtown Library
Shadow Factory (Children)
- Monday, August 4, 10:30 a.m., Stanford L. Warren Branch
- Monday, August 4, 6 p.m., South Regional Library
- Tuesday, August 5, 2 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
- Tuesday, August 5, 6 p.m., East Regional Library
- Wednesday, August 6, 10:30 a.m., Main Library
- Wednesday, August 6, 4 p.m., Bragtown Library
- Thursday, August 7, 10:30 a.m., North Regional Library
Join your local DCL location as we celebrate the midpoint of Summer Reading with one of these performances.
Spin, Pop, Boom! Mad Science (Children)
Join Mad Science as they explore chemistry and physics. Children will have the opportunity to participate in thrilling science experiments from color change demonstrations to learning about chemical reactions.
- Monday, July 7, 10:30 a.m., Stanford L. Warren Branch
- Monday, July 7, 6:30 p.m., North Regional Library
- Tuesday, July 8, 10 a.m., East Regional Library
- Tuesday, July 8, 4 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
- Wednesday, July 9, 10:30 a.m., Bragtown Library
- Thursday, July 10, 10:30 a.m., Main Library
- Saturday, July 12, 11 a.m., South Regional Library
Joshua Lozoff (Teen)
Joshua Lozoff’s show, Life is Magic, combines amazing illusions with mental feats that explore the possibilities of the human mind. His performances reflect his love for the art of magic, and his fascination with psychology, intuition and other inner workings of the mind. The show is highly interactive, creating moments of joy and amazement that last long after the program is over. Following each show will be a Q & A period, giving the audience a rare chance to ask questions and have a candid conversation with a professional magician.
- Monday, July 7, 4:30 p.m., East Regional Library
- Tuesday, July 8, 2 p.m., Main Library
- Tuesday, July 8, 4:30 p.m., South Regional Library
- Wednesday, July 9, 1 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
- Wednesday, July 9, 4 p.m., Bragtown Library
- Thursday, July 10, 1 p.m., North Regional Library
- Thursday, July 10, 4 p.m., Stanford L. Warren Branch
Sci-Fi Film Festival (Adult)
Celebrate the mid-point of Summer Reading 2014 with a week of Science Fiction movies. Each day during the week of July 7, we’ll be showing a different sci-fi movie at a different DCL location.
Note: Due to licensing restrictions, we are unable to list the titles of the movies on this page. For information on what movies will be shown, please contact a DCL location. Titles can also be found in the latest Humanities Brochure.
- Monday, July 7, 6:30 p.m., Main Library
- Tuesday, July 8, 6 p.m., East Regional
- Wednesday, July 9, 3:30 p.m., Stanford L. Warren Branch
- Thursday, July 10, 6 p.m., South Regional
- Friday, July 11, 11 a.m., Bragtown Library
- Saturday, July 12, 3 p.m., Southwest Regional
- Sunday, July 13, 3 p.m., North Regional
Saturday, August 9
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Museum of Life and Science
Magician Jeff Jones
A Summer Reading favorite, magician Jeff Jones will wow the crowd with his amazing illusions.
Red Herring Puppet Company
Join us on an amazing historical, scientific, multi-cultural, and fun-filled journey as civilization uncovers the mysteries of ELECTRICITY! Audiences learn how the discovery of Earth’s invisible magnetic force and static electricity led to a useful understanding of electromagnetic energy. Puppets portray historical figures and famous scientists who employ the process of careful observation and build on each other’s knowledge, to make related discoveries in various parts of the world resulting in the invention of the lightning rod, the battery, the electrical generator, and the electric light bulb. The show explains sustainable energy solutions such as wind mills, solar power, and conservation.