Youth Services Librarian Brings Drama to Work

August 18 – HENDERSON – Melody Peters has a flair for drama. This stems from his education and experience in the theater arts.

Peters is the new Youth Services Librarian at Perry Memorial Library. She started in July and will use her drama background to oversee a comprehensive program of youth services.

For 27 years, Peters was the general manager and actor of Rags to Riches, a traveling theater group she and her husband started. He would take stories from history, literature and fantasy and dramatize them to entertain young people. It was theater in motion, traveling to schools, preschools, libraries, theaters and after-school programs where they performed plays and led creative theater workshops.

Peters prepared for this career by earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

But after nearly three decades in theater, she took a different direction in 2020, when she earned a master’s degree in library science from North Carolina Central University. This led to library jobs in Alamance County before she accepted the position at the Perry Memorial Library.

“She got off to a flying start,” said library director Patti McAnally, adding that Peters had some great ideas for children’s programs.

Peters has already offered a few hours of the Mother Goose story, and those will continue at 11 a.m. every Thursday this fall. Storytime hours are offered to daycare centers and school groups by reservation. To register, call 252-438-3316 ext. 226 or email Peters at [email protected]

On Thursdays, the Lego Fun Club also meets. This is a free, open-ended program for children in kindergarten through eighth grade and will meet from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Peters will share his dramatic talents with middle schoolers in the library’s new book club, “Act Out!” Gathering at 4:30 p.m. on September 20, club members will read scripts and play dramatic games.

Other programs Peters has planned include a teen program on “Dry Cooking in a Coffee Maker” at 4:30 p.m. on September 13 and a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on September 27, with games, music and tales.

On her Linked In page, Peters said, “I am ready to use my creative and collaborative abilities as part of a library working with young people and the community the library serves.”

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