Arrgh Matey, it’s time to register for our Summer Reading Program-Oceans of Possibilities!
Saturday, May 14th at 10AM is the library’s kick-off event for this summer’s reading program! We offer programs for toddlers, school aged children and teens. Stop by the library on the 14th, or anytime to register your child for this program that promotes literacy. Each week we’ll have a different story, craft and activity. Children are rewarded for their reading efforts whenever they return a simple reading log. The goal is to keep children engaged this summer so they can retain what they’ve been learning during the school year.
Adults can also log their summer reading for prizes!
Our Friends of the Library group held their annual Fairy Tale Ball this March after taking a short break through the pandemic. Over 60 young ladies invited their special guy to a dance and ice cream party! Our Friends Group provided the DJ, the decorations and the dessert. We can’t wait for next year’s ball!
Mad Science Mondays are back in business! The scientists in this group meet for four Mondays to explore a new area of science each week. This last week, the children learned about the circulatory system, specifically how the heart works. Students had the chance to get hands-on with a beef heart.
Feb 5th: Take Your Child to the Library Day. Join us from 9-12 for our Luau inspired party bags, photo ops available, too.
Reading Bingo Challenge: For children of all ages! Complete the Bingo sheet and turn it in by Feb 28th. 8 names total will be drawn for a $10 Gift Certificate to Tornado Alley and a Free Drink from Arapahoe Floral & Coffee! Each child that turns in a sheet, will receive a free movie pass to the Crystal Theater! Four names will be drawn from the JH/HS level and four names will be drawn from the children who are in 6th grade and younger.
Blind Date with a Book: All month long, take home a wrapped book and see if it’s love at first sight! Every adult that turns in their ‘Rate Your Date’ slip will be entered into a drawing for a Gift Certificate from Cunningham’s and Arapahoe Floral & Coffee.
Yesterday’s Lady aka Sue McClain from Beatrice, NE presented Victorian Christmas. Sue brought a sample of her collection to our library which included dresses and traveling clothes from that time period, a German tabletop Christmas tree made from feathers, period postcards and more! Sue gave a historical background to the Christmas traditions we see today. This presentation was made possible by the Humanities NE, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and in memory of Cal Robinson.
Furnas County Extension Educator, Elena Stout, led the fall session of Mad Science Mondays at our library. Each week, Elena presented a new concept for the group of elementary students. The children get involved with hands-on experiments. Shown above, the group is exploring bio-plastic by using corn based products to create “plastic.” Mad Science Mondays will return in March.
The library is happy to report that our Lego Club is bursting at the seams! We’ve split our club into three groups to make the club enjoyable for all. The Lego bricks are provided in part by our Friends of the Library and we now own a large selection of bases and different colors. The snacks for this program have been generously provided by our community. The kids provide their imaginations! Their creations are put on display, come check them out!
Lego Club also made its return after taking an extended break since March 2020. We were thrilled to have over 60 children in the building! The Lego bricks are part of the library’s collection. Our Friends of the Library group donated to the major purchase of the bricks to get this program started in 2015. When the children arrive they receive a snack and then let their imaginations take over as they free play. Pictured above is a great example of how well the new library design is working. While we had a large group of children playing in the new community room, others were able to find a quiet spot on the other side of the building to work on homework.