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Join us for our 2017 Summer Reading Program which kicks off Thursday, June 15, at 6 p.m.  This Collaborative Summer Library Program will have free special programming each week of the summer through Saturday, July 29. It's a statewide coordinated program that encourages all ages to continue to improve their reading skills during the months when school is not in session. 2017 Theme: Build a Better World! Learn more here! 

MEET THE AUTHOR: Deborah Dunn - Thursday, June 29, 2017, 6 p.m. THE COFFINS

Andrea Warren, a young archeologist with Native American roots, sets out on a journey to the Outer Banks of North Carolina hoping to unearth the truth about her estranged father, an archeologist who took his own life when she was a child. But when she inherits an old trunk that once belonged to him and discovers his field journals and some picture of old coffins with the Elizabethan cross carved on top, strange things begin to happen. Dreams, visions, and voices from the past seem to be warning her that her life is in danger. Events turn deadly when she discovers the trunk yields evidence that might solve one of the greatest archeological mysteries of all time: What happened to Virginia Dare? Where did she go? Based on a true event-- the actual discovery in 1950 of coffins found in the Outer Banks swamps made from dugout Indian canoes and believed by locals to be those of the English colonists who intermarried with the Indians-- the author has crafted a unique, intricate, and compelling story about what could have happened to the 117 men, women, and children, the "lost" colonists of Roanoke Island, who vanished from the face of the earth in 1590. For more information please visit:

CODE CLUB ORIENTATION: Friday, June 30, 2017, 1 p.m.

Does your kid want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Wozniak? Open to kids of all ages this summer Fridays from 1-4 p.m. beginning July 7! Kids just need to be old enough to read and use a computer on their own.

We're partnering with Prenda for this exciting new program, and they've got info and a video for parents here In short, the company describes Code Club as that magical time of the week when kids get together and teach computers to do what we want them to. As Dropbox CEO Drew Houston put it, coding is the closest thing we have to a superpower! And did we mention there are currently 500,000 unfilled coding jobs in the United States with average salaries of $70,000?!

At the orientation, we'll introduce you to Prenda's Code Club software, which not only teaches kids how to code games, websites and backend software – it also teaches them how to learn! Kids progress through the program at their own pace, and the program is designed to encourage children to solve problems on their own using Internet research and collaboration with their peers. That equips kids to continue teaching themselves, and it's how professional coders solve problems every day!

Nerds are definitely welcome, but you don't need to wear glasses and pocket protector to have fun and learn at Code Club! We encourage kids of all ages, backgrounds and genders to join – and you don't need to know a thing about coding to get started!

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  • Adult Coloring Club is held EVERY 2nd and 4th Monday from  5 to 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. Coloring isn't just for kids, it can actually help adults combat stress!
  • Knit Night is held EVERY 1st, 3rd and 4th Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. Knitters of all levels and ages are welcome! Please bring your own needles and yarn.
  • Teen Game Night is held EVERY 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Bring your own or learn to play ours with others!
  • "Come as You Are" Yoga & Meditation is held EVERY Tuesday from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Learn techniques  to let your stress melt away and regain mental clarity for one hour a week.
  • All-Ages Coding Club will soon begin at the library on Friday afternoons! If you have interest in volunteering for this new event, please stay tuned for more info! In the meantime, stop in the library and checkout our MakerSpace, a creative space for young makers and educators, is always open in the library meeting room. You can check out our Toys & Games for in-house use at the Children's Desk.


  • Monday Night Book Club meets every third Monday at 6 p.m. Book discussion, opinion sharing, refreshments, and lots of fun! It is open to young adult and up in age and new members are always welcome. Meets year-round. Please contact Mardia for any special dates and locations along with our reading list.
  • J Club (ages 7-12) meets every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in the meeting room from September through May. See Mary in the Children's Room to pick up a book! Meets September through May.


EVERY Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Join Liza for our new story hour! Stories designed for preschool age children. Meets year-round.

EVERY Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Stories, crafts and special guests designed for Kindergarten to  5th grade  students. Meets year-round.

EVERY Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.  Stories, crafts and special guests designed for preschool age children. Meets year-round.

EVERY Thursday at 10:00 a.m.  Baby songs, stories, giggles and rhymes for children 2 years and under with their caregivers. Meets year-round. 


Best bargains in Town: a whole grocery bag of books for practically nothing!  Every spring and fall, the non-profit Friends of the Library host a book sale at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library to help support the Clayton Library.  Learn more about this great event and how your bargains will benefit your library!  The Friends of the Library holds general meetings at 4:00 p.m. on the 4th Thursday of January, July and October. All are welcome!

FALL 2017                                                  
September 8, 4pm-7pm : $25 per bag                  
September 9, 8am-2pm  : $15 per bag                 
September 11, 4pm-7pm : $10 per bag        

If you're considering donating items, please read the Friends of the Library Inc. Book Sale Donation Guidelines. Thank you for all of your donations!

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