Storyteller kicks off library summer program

The Darlington County Library System is bringing summer fun to all of its branches with weekly programs through July 25. The teen programs kicked off with an upcycle craft project June 5 while the children’s program started June 6 with storyteller Donna Washington.

Before the storytelling began Liz Davis, who is in charge of the library’s children’s services, sang a silly song and danced with the kids in the audience to get their jitters out.

Washington, a professional storyteller for three decades, talked with the kids in the audience about the summer program’s theme, ‘Build A Better World.’ Students told Washington that some ways to do that include growing a plant, drinking a lot of water and loving God and Jesus.


The stories that Washington told came from old folks stories, many of which have a moral or lesson to be learned from them. During her storytelling, Washington used voices, noises and facial expressions to become different characters, much to the surprise and delight of the children.

Every Tuesday, with the exception of July 4, children can visit the Darlington Library for a special activity. They can learn to build things, see how 3D printers work, try out a few yoga poses and explore equipment used to keep roads and bridges safe. Programs are available at other branches with varying times and days.

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. at the Darlington Library:
June 13: Fix It Up! With Lowes
June 20th: Make it in 3D
June 27: Little Yogis
July 11: Big Helpers with Roads and Bridges
July 18: Land Matters with Pee Dee Land Trust
July 25: Building Stories with Bright Star Touring Company

To view schedules for other library branches or to register for the summer reading program, visit

Author: mrollins

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