Mary Duncan Public Library


In the Heart of Historic Downtown Benson

100 W. Main St.

Benson, NC 27504

Phone: 919-894-3724


Library Hours:

May-September (Summer)

Monday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Tuesday-Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 3:0 0pm

Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


September-May (Fall, Winter, and Spring)

Monday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Tuesday-Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


For information about library programs, please visit the Library's website or Facebook links below.

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Reminder: 2016 Science in the Summer

 As you may already know, Science in the Summer is coming to Benson in August 2016! This program will be offered free of charge thanks to generous support from Glaxo Smith Kline and the Morehead Planetarium at UNC Chapel Hill.


There will be three different groups served as part of this program:


Level I (For Students Rising to Grades 2 & 3)

Monday August 8 -- Friday August 12 -- 9am-12pm


Level II (For Students Rising to Grades 4 & 5)

Monday August 8 – Friday August 12 – 1pm-4pm


Level III (For Students Rising to Grades 6, 7, & 8)

Monday August 15 – Wednesday August 17 – 9am-12pm


All classes will be held at the Benson Conference Center (303 E. Church St. Benson, NC 27504)


Registration for all three Levels will take place on Monday March 28 at 9am ( To secure a spot we advise parents to be at a computer to submit registration ASAP. The Mary Duncan Public Library has public computers and staff to assist any parents that want to sign up their children, but do not have internet access at home.


If you know any certified teachers that are interested in summer employment, please let them know that they can apply to work for Science in the Summer! Also, they will be hiring high school assistants to work at each site. Each assistant must be 16 years old by the first day of employment. For more information about these summer positions please follow this link:


The theme for 2016’s GSK Science in the Summer™ is Electricity and Magnetism. Students will learn about what makes materials magnetic and how permanent magnets work by observing their effect on different materials. They will build their own circuits, and then use that knowledge to construct electrically-powered contraptions. Students will also make an electromagnet to understand more about how magnetism and electrical current are interrelated, and how we make use of these phenomena in our daily lives.


For more information feel free to contact Terry Hobgood at 919-894-3724 or And please see the attached flyer. If you would like hard copies to distribute at your location please let me know, and I will be happy to drop some off.


Also you may contact the Science in the Summer office at 919-843-9379 or



Cultural Arts Director

Terry Hobgood