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​Free programs running all summer from Monday, June 19 to Saturday July 29!
This year's theme: "Build a Better World" -  building, construction, helping others and giving back.


If you love reading, need a place to escape the heat, want to have fun AND learn something fascinating and new - then the place to be is the Clayton Library. We hope to have unique, FREE programs almost every day of the week!  Dozens of children from pre-K through elementary school join us every summer at 100 South Church Street. We have puppet shows, story time, crafts and super awesome guests and activities. We've even taken some little field trips outside of the library to neat locations all around Town.

Build a Better World! Story Times 

Every Tuesday, 4:30 p.m (K-5th Grade)
Every Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. (Preschool) 
Every Thursday, 10:00 a.m. (Lapsit/Babies)
Every Saturday, 10:00 a.m. (Preschool)

Week of June 11: Buildings Around Us
Week of June 18: Discover Your World
Week of June 25: Get In Touch With Your Senses
Week of July 2: How We Live Today
Week of July 9: How We Once Lived
Week of July 16: Transform Your World
Week of July 23: Now Go Build A Better World

There will be a brief hiatus where there will be no story times August 1-31, 2017.

Teen Game Night, Every Thursday, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

Bring your own or learn to play ours with others! We also have an Xbox One with Minecraft!

Special Guest, Brian  Traugott with Red Storm Entertainment will be here June 29, 5:30 p.m.


Professor Obediah's Magical Emporium, Saturday, July 29, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.


Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library participates in the Collaborative Summer Library Programs, a statewide coordinated program that began in the summer of 1980. It encourages all ages to continue to improve their reading skills during the months when school is not in session. With guidance and assistance from this state program, our library hosts elaborate programs for families, kids, teens and adults! We team up with awesome sponsors and great community partners so that we can have something going on almost every other day!


  • To encourage and motivate children and families to read for pleasure
  • To help school age children maintain their reading skills while on school holiday
  • To introduce children and their families to the resources of their public library
  • To attract new customers to their library
  • To establish the library as a vital part of community life
  • To promote community involvement in the mission of the library
  • To create positive publicity for the library
  • To establish a partnership with the school community
  • To increase circulation of library material

If you're 13-18 years old, we’d love for you to volunteer for our Summer Reading Program where you might read to pre-school and elementary school children, help with special guests and assist with preparing and making fun crafts with the kids. Lots of fun!  Click here to find the library volunteer application form!

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