School's Out, Summer's in at the Library!

Mooresville Public Library will host various summer programs for children of all ages and adults for free, starting June 3, 2023. From storytimes to cooking classes, there will be plenty of fun for everyone!

MPL’s Summer Reading Kickoff  will feature four events on June 3.

  • Time Capsule Opening
    10 a.m., Main Library
    Attend the ceremonial opening of the 1973 Time Capsule on the front lawn of the Main Library.
  • All Together Now Quilt Squares
    10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Main Library and West Branch
    Design a quilt square for our “All Together Now” wall hanging. All ages are welcome. Supplies available.
  • Brightstar Touring Theatre Presents Aesop’s Fables
    11 a.m., Main Library

These fables from the legendary Greek storyteller, Aesop, have been delighting young and old alike for thousands of years. And they still have a message for us today. These classic tales entertain, but also share a strong message about treating others fairly and knowing right from wrong. Stories like “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” “The Tortoise and the Hare,” and “The Lion and the Mouse” leave audiences with a message that’s timely and timeless!

  • Brightstar Touring Theatre Presents Little Red and the Big Bully Wolf
    2 p.m., West Branch
    The woods are scary enough without worrying about a big bully howling in the shadows! Follow Little Red and meet her friends – the three little pigs, the Gingerbread Man, and more – as they face their fears and stand up to the Big Bully Wolf!

Everyone can take part in the summer reading challenge by simply logging their reading for the chance to earn prizes. Children up to 12-years-old will log the number of minutes read, while teens and adults will track number of pages read. The app Beanstack is required to log reading and can be downloaded in the Google Play and Apple Stores. Learn more about this challenge on Mooresville Public Library’s social media pages and

The Afternoon Adventure series will entertain school-age children every other Thursday afternoon at alternating locations.

  • Turtle Time
    June 8 at 2 p.m., Main Library
    Examine the lives of North Carolina’s land, freshwater, and sea turtles. Learn about turtle behavior, feeding habits, anatomy, and what you can do to protect them. Program includes live terrestrial and freshwater turtles.
  • READasaurus
    June 22 at 2 p.m., West Branch
    Great books come to life! Mark’s Magical Storytelling returns with some of the best books and many of his favorite routines, all designed to thrill young readers. From the fantastic show set to the incredible music and visuals, the fun celebration will wow children of all ages!
  • Expedition Dino Squad
    July 13 at 2 p.m., Main Library
    Dinos will roar into Town (well their bones). Dino Squad focuses on four iconic dinosaurs: T. Rex, Triceratops, the Long Neck Sauropods, and the Velociraptor. This event features incredible fossils, museum models, and fantastic dino books.
  • Jack Tales
    July 27 at 2 p.m., Main Library
    Storyteller Ron Gulledge brings local and regional folklore to life. Learn about how “Jack Tales,” passed down through generations in the North Carolina mountains, played a significant role in early Appalachian culture.

Teens will have the chance to lean about the world through a variety of activities, including a cooking class at our West Branch.

  • Teen Kitchen Capers
    June 5 & July 3 at 4 p.m., West Branch
    Teens can make easy recipes with fresh ingredients thanks to a Bright Ideas Grant from the North Carolina State Library! MPL received a $14,000 Building Healthy Eating Habits grant to purchase a teaching kitchen cart. The Teen’s Kitchen Capers program will be the first to use the new cart. *Parents are required to fill out an allergy form for their teen and sign a consent waiver.
  • All Together Now: International Event
    Japan & Sushi: June 6 at 3 p.m., Main Library
    Italy & Bocce: June 20 from 9 a.m. – noon, Bellingham Park
    Mexico & Pinatas: June 27 at 3 p.m., West Branch
    Italy & Pizza: July 18 at 3 p.m., Alinos Pizza
    Trinidad: July 25 at 3 p.m., Main Library
    Teens and their families can learn about the culture of different countries and participate in themed activities! The Library will provide all materials for the activities. *Registration is required.

These are only some of the programs and activities at the Mooresville Public Library this summer. For more information, visit and click on Library Programs.