Summer reading includes music, science, wild animals at Forsyth County Library

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — We’ve got the beat!

And so will your kids when they dance, sing and drum together at the Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road in Cumming.

Dr. Arvin Scott, a faculty member at the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music and veteran percussion performer, will lead the Drumming for Success program at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 21.

Scott will help participants use a drum to learn a few unique drum patterns.

Registration is not required to attend these special hands-on programs.

Puppets have long been an integral part of reading and storytime programs at FCPL, and now the puppets are taking over with Puppetpalooza.

Each branch will host its own Puppetpalooza performances featuring fun stories for all ages. The Sharon Forks Library will have two shows on Wednesday, July 23.

The Post Road Library, 5010 Post Road in Cumming, will have three shows on Thursday, July 24.

The Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road in Cumming, will have two shows on Friday, July 25, and Puppetpalooza will close with two shows at the Cumming Library, 585 Dahlonega Road in Cumming, on Saturday, July 26.

Registration is not required for these all-ages programs.

Children will see animal puppets during Puppetpalooza and then will have a chance to see live animals at the Wildlife Wonders showcase.

The show will be presented by zookeepers from the North Georgia Zoo on Thursday, July 24 at 4 p.m. at the Hampton Park Library.

The audience will be amazed by the variety of exotic insects, reptiles, birds and mammals typically found in the desert or in the tropics that are thriving in this local zoo.

The Animals Around the World presentation is open to all ages and no registration is required.

During the summer, we all bend the rules a little bit. Instead of having a picnic outdoors, bring your blanket and snacks into the Post Road Library for a “Friday Family Movie Picnic” for a special PG-rated movie screening on Friday, July 18 and Friday, July 25.

The movies begin at 11:15 a.m. The Hampton Park Library will also host FCPL Family Cinema on Wednesday, July 30. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for a family-friendly featured film.

For additional details, including movie information, please visit the library’s website.

On Saturday, July 26, we invite you to continue breaking the rules and play with your food. It’s all part of the “Foods That POP!” program presented by Edible Science.

Children ages 4 and older will watch and participate in experiments to learn why popcorn pops, what makes Pop Rocks candy explode in a fizzy mess and how several more common kitchen items combine for explosive and delicious fun.

The program will be offered at the Hampton Park Library at 11 a.m. and at the Post Road Library at 2 p.m. No registration is required.

If you haven’t yet registered for the summer reading program, it’s not too late.

Simply stop by your nearest library to register, or visit www.forsythpl.org to register online.

Children, teens and adults are eligible to win prizes for participating.

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