Blackwater Regional Library

2022 Summer Reading Program


Welcome to the 2022 Summer Reading Program! 

This six week program is observed June 27-August 6, 2022. These amazing family programs are sure to keep you and your family immersed in activity throughout the summer! Please note dates and times will vary from branch to branch. We encourage you to utilize the schedule of events below as you dive into the many summer activities your library has to offer. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have! Contact any branch of BRL for more information.

Reading Challenges and Incentives: While we continue to promote the importance of daily reading, our focus this summer is to have participants visit the library to experience activities and read for pleasure, not to earn incentives. However, we realize Summer Slide, the loss of academic and literacy skills, is a possibility. Therefore, we encourage parents to visit the library weekly to check out books of interest for children. If regular library visits are not an option, we also offer a variety of ebooks, e-audio books, and more through hoopla and Overdrive.  Need a library card? Apply here and receive your digital card by email.


Events by Branch:

Carrollton Branch – Thursdays @ 3pm (unless otherwise indicated)

  • Saturday, June 25 @ 10am-1pm: SRP Kick-off Pirate Party
  • June 30: Talewise presents Pirates – Lost at Sea
  • July 7 @ 2-4:30pm: Pirate Escape Room (reservations required)
  • July 14: Mariners’ Museum presents Monsters and Mermaids
  • July 21: Dive in Movie
  • July 28: Laughter Yoga with Heather Moore (limited seating, registration required)
  • August 4: Closing Celebration and Pirate Games

Carrollton Branch Extras:

  • Pirate Tales Storytimes – Mondays @ 10am (up to age 5) – June 27, July 11, 18, 25 and August 1
  • Captain Kids (STEAM activities) – Thursdays @ 10am (ages 6-12) – June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 4 (registration required)

Claremont Branch – Tuesdays @ 10am

  • June 28: SRP Kick-off and Sea Life Tote Craft
  • July  5: Craft Day – Ocean Animal Sand Art
  • July  12: Craft Day – Sea Animals Art Post
  • July  19: Craft Day – Ocean Sensory Bottle
  • July 26: Craft Day – Color Scratch Turtle
  • August 2: 3-D Floating Foam Ship Craft

Courtland Branch – Tuesdays @ 2pm

  • June 28: SRP Kick-off with JB Rattles Reptiles
  • July 5: Craft Week 3-D Floating Foam Ship (while supplies last; stop by any time this week)
  • July 12: Magic and Illusion of John Kingry
  • July 19: Rainbow Puppets presents Really Radical Reptile Revue
  • July 26: Histories and Haunts presents Life of a Pirate
  • August 2: Awards Day and Kona Ice

Courtland Branch Extras: 

  • T.A.G. (Teen Advisory Group) – Wednesdays, June 8 and July 13 @ 6pm
  • Teen Night – Wednesday July 27 @ 5pm

Franklin Branch – Thursdays @ 2pm

  • June 30: SRP Kick-off with Bright Star Theatre presenting The Little Mermaid
  • July 7: Craft Week Bird Feeder (while supplies last; stop by any time this week)
  • July 14: Virginia Living Museum presents Shells by the Seashore 
  • July 21: Mad Science presents Up, Up and Away
  • July 28: Magic and Illusion of John Kingry
  • August 4: JB Rattles Reptiles

Smithfield Branch – Tuesdays @ 10:30am

  • June 28: SRP Kick-off Pirate Party! (registration, face painting, pirate hats and hooks stations, and bookmark station)
  • July 5: Dive In Movie
  • July 12: Mariners’ Museum presents Pirates: Fact or Fiction
  • July 19: Talewise presents Pirates: Lost at Sea
  • July 26: Bright Star Theatre presents Treasure Island
  • August 2: Closing Celebration and Balloons by Susan

Smithfield Branch Extras: 

  • Pirate Tales Storytime – Wednesdays @ 10:30am (up to age 5) – June 29 and July 6, 13, 20 and 27
  • Captain Kids (STEAM) – Wednesdays @ 3:30pm (ages 6-12) – June 29 and July 6, 13, 20 and 27 (registration required)
  • Teen Tuesday – Tuesdays @ 3pm – July 5, 12, 19 and 26

Surry Branch – Thursdays @ 11am

  • June 30: 3-D Floating Foam Ship Craft
  • July 7: Special Guest Reader LaSonya White, Surry Extension Office and Ocean Animal Sand Art
  • July 14: Craft Day – Sea Animals Art Post
  • July  21: Craft Day – Ocean Sensory Bottle
  • July  28: Aspen Black, the Singing Cowgirl presents Sing of the Sea
  • August 4: Virginia Living Museum presents Shells by the Seashore 

Wakefield Branch – Thursdays @ 10:30am, unless otherwise indicated

  • June 30: Tiny Art Show
  • July 7: 3-D Floating Foam Ship Craft
  • July 14: Local Author Visit, Bonnie Lauver
  • July 21: Virginia Living Museum presents Shells by the Seashore
  • July 28 @ 11am: Chippokes State Park presents Fossils
  • August 4: Ice Cream Social

Waverly Branch – Tuesdays, times indicated below

  • June 28 @ 2-7:30pm: Ice Cream Social
  • July 5 @ 2-7:30pm: 3-D Floating Foam Ship Craft
  • July 12 @ 2:30pm: Local Author Visit, Sonja McGiboney
  • July 19 @ 5-7:00pm: Sussex County Animal Shelter
  • July 26 @ 2:30pm: Virginia Living Museum presents Shells by the Seashore 
  • August 2 @ 2-7:30pm: Craft Day

Windsor Branch – Tuesdays @ 11am  (Location-Windsor Town Center, 23361 Courthouse Hwy, Windsor, VA) 

  • June 28:  SRP Kick-off with Mad Science presenting Amazing Oceans
  • July 5:  Craft Day – Ocean Animal Sand Art
  • July 12:  Histories and Haunts presents Life of a Pirate
  • July 19: Virginia Aquarium presents Amazing Adaptations 
  • July 26:  Aspen Black, the Singing Cowgirl presents Sing of the Sea
  • August 2:  Awards Day- Ice Cream Social and Book Give away!

Thank you for visiting with us this summer!       


Take a road trip this summer!  Museums and aquariums in the Hampton Roads area and beyond: 

Hampton Roads Naval Museum (Norfolk, VA)
The Hampton Roads Naval Museum, located inside Nauticus, is an accredited museum operated by the United States Navy, and celebrates the 234 years history of the fleet in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.

Isle of Wight County Museum (Smithfield, VA)
Founded in 1976, the Isle of Wight County Museum tells the story of the county through its interactive exhibits including a turn-of-the-century country store as well as displays interpreting colonial history, the Smithfield ham industry, the Blackwater River, the Civil War and the Cold War.

The Mariners’ Museum and Park (Newport News, VA)
For over 90 years, the history of the ocean and its relationship with humankind has been told and displayed in one of  the largest maritime museums in the world. 

Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin (Norfolk, VA)
Nauticus, a maritime science museum, celebrates the economic, naval, and natural power of the sea. It features hands-on exhibits, wide-screen high-definition films, theaters with live actors, shark touch, and national-caliber traveling exhibits.  Nauticus is also home to the Battleship Wisconsin.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum (Portsmouth, VA)
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and the associated Lightship Museum cover the 250+ year relationship with the shipyard – America’s oldest and largest naval shipyard located on the Portsmouth Waterfront.

Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond, VA)
From virtual presentations featuring STEM experts to fun videos on social media, and from in-person experiential exhibitions to in-depth lab demos, the Science Museum of Virginia looks for all opportunities to encourage Virginians to enrich their lives through science.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (Virginia Beach, VA)
The mission of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research, and sustainable practices.

Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum (Virginia Beach, VA)
The Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum honors and preserves the history of Virginia’s coastal communities and maritime heritage. The scope of the Museum’s exhibits begins with the Virginia Beach Community and extends to subjects related to Virginia’s oceanfront, coastal and water-related heritage.

Virginia Living Museum (Newport News, VA)
The Virginia Living Museum is an open-air museum located in Newport News, Virginia that has many living exhibits of Virginia’s indigenous species. The exhibits include aspects of an aquarium, science center, aviary, botanical preserve and planetarium.

Watermen’s Museum (Yorktown, VA)
The museum demonstrates the role Chesapeake Bay Watermen, from pre-colonial to modern times, have played in the shaping of our nation, providing historical exhibits depicting  military and civilian water craft and activities, crafts and methods of their trade. 


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