Over 16 million people use Goodreads every month–are you one of them? Learn how to set up an account and use it to track the books you have already read and the books you want to read. Also, learn how to connect with your friends and the Library! Join us on Wednesday, August 29 at 7pm at the Belt Branch in the Community Room for an easy, informal program — bring your own device, or use the Library’s laptops.
Got those end-of-the-summer, school-hasn’t-started-yet, i’m-bored blues? Here’s a list of fun things for kids to do to fight off the boredom, as well as some links to more activities.
Boredom Busting Activities for Kids
- Let your kids have fun painting — and then eating — rainbow toast.
- Learn a new card game.
- Make friendship bracelets.
- Make your own toy car wash.
- Make a treasure hunt.
- Learn the ASL sign language alphabet and some basic signs (QUIET BONUS!!!)
- Identify 5 new plants, trees or birds in your neighborhood.
- Write a story using the Story Starter Scrambler.
- Make homemade popsicles (HEALTHY BONUS!!!)
- Write letters to family and friends.
Boredom Busting Library Books
More Lists of Boredom Busting Activities
Heritage Quest covers more than 25,000 family and local histories and includes the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1940, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), the Revolutionary War Pension Applications & Bounty Land Warrant Applications, U.S. Indian Census Rolls, and the Freedman’s Bank Records (1865-1874). Visit this resource at http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/login/ipbarcode?aid=13274 .
Friday July 27, 2018 is the first ever End of Summer Reading Ice Cream Social. At 2pm at the Belt Branch, not only will there be ice cream for the first 250 people, but there will also be balloon animals and face painting. But, wait, there’s more! Minit Mart and “Captain Cool” will be at the Library and will be giving Godfather’s Pizza and goody bags to the first 250 people.
The Savannah Branch will also be hosting an Ice Cream Social on July 27, 2018 at 3pm. Families are invited to come and have ice cream, and also draw with sidewalk chalk, play with bubbles and hula hoops.
Be sure to bring your summer reading form to get your final prize and end your “Libraries Rock” summer with a bang!
The Tech Tuesday program on July 24, 2018 will be a Technology Petting Zoo. Drop in between 4 and 5pm at the Belt Branch and take a look at some different tech gadgets, software, apps, and websites. No pressure– just explore, touch, play, and try the tech devices and find out more about what is out there. Have a suggestion for a gadget, software, app, or website you think others might find useful? Come and share! Familiarity breeds fearlessness!
Why let the kids have all the musical fun this summer? Come beat the heat and have some karaoke fun at the Belt Branch on Monday July 16 at 6:30pm at this lighthearted, nonjudgmental karaoke session. There will be rounds of Karaoke Jeopardy, Dare You Not to Sing, Name That Tune, and of course, plenty of karaoke songs and all time favorite sing-along songs.
On Thursday, July 12, 2018, staff from Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, MO, the largest free-standing public genealogy facility in the nation, will be presenting two unique genealogy programs at the Belt Branch. No registration required–all are welcome to join us for one or both programs!
Dating Old Photographs (a Classy Seniors program)
Wondering about those old photographs you’ve got? Clues in the photo can give you an idea of when it was taken. Get tips on how to use items in the photograph, as well as the photograph itself, to determine the time period in which it was taken. Feel free to bring in one or two photographs for the team to help you date.
Find out the fundamentals of beginning your genealogical research project. We will discuss organization, census information, vital records, and where to look for information. This is a beginner-level presentation.
Just in case you couldn’t make it to our Refreshing Summer Drinks Program, here are the recipes we made and sampled during the program. Several recipes were from library books (of course!), some were actually healthy (shhh, don’t tell) and all were totally delicious!
Refreshing Drinks Recipes
Refreshing Summer Drinks — Monday, June 18 at 6:30pm — Want to drink more than a tall, cool drink of water this summer, but don’t know where to start? Join us for an interactive, refreshing class on delicious, healthy summer beverages. Recipes and free samples definitely included. Register now so we can have enough ingredients for everyone!
Over 16 million people use Goodreads every month–are you one of them? Learn how to set up an account and use it to track the books you have already read and the books you want to read. Also, learn how to connect with your friends and the Library! Join us on Tuesday, June 12 at 4pm at the Belt Branch in the Createspace for an easy, informal program — bring your own device, or use the Library’s laptops.