Something For Everyone at the Vicksburg Library

By Children’s Librarian Kristy Zeluff

Summer at the Vicksburg District Library always means lots of kids and fun with Summer Reading, but we have events and activities for folks of all ages.

On the first Thursday of each month, we have an adult book discussion that meets from 9 to 10 a.m. by the fireplace. Come enjoy coffee and Rachel’s excellent baked goods on August 1st, when we will be discussing the works of Mary Kay Andrews.

On the third Thursday of each month from 9 to 10 a.m., a crafting group affectionately known as the “Knit Wits” meets by the fireplace to chat and create. All hand-crafters are welcome. Come in and show off your latest project, and catch up on all the local news.

Our library hosts an active quilters group, which meets twice a month. On Monday, a new technique is demonstrated, and on Saturday, the group meets for most of the day to work on projects or practice the new technique. If you are interested in joining this group, contact the library at 649-1648 and we will put the organizers in touch with you.

In addition to our monthly computer classes for adults, we are trying out a drop-in tech tutoring session on the first Monday of each month. If you are having trouble with your laptop or eReader, stop in and we will try to be of assistance. We certainly don’t know everything about every device, but we are pretty good at figuring things out. Watch our website, Facebook page and newsletters for the dates and topics of the adult computer classes and tech tutoring sessions – the next tech tutoring is Monday, August 5, at 10:30 a.m.

Kids, kids and more kids! We’ve had a great year so far for Summer Reading! Our teens enjoyed a Zombie Prom to kick off the summer, created Magic 8 Balls, and became Fruit Ninjas for an afternoon of culinary creativity. Our younger kids have been busy too, with visits from the Binder Park Zoomobile, magician Alan Kazam, local musicians BenJammin and Analisa, and story teller Robin Nott. They also enjoyed making terrariums and very hungry caterpillar crafts, where we released our beautiful butterflies into the “wild”.

The Summer Reading Contest ends Saturday, July 27. All forms must be turned in by the 27th to be considered for the grand prizes! The teens will celebrate another successful year on Tuesday, July 30 from 3-4 p.m. Come join the fun as we make the most of the warm weather with a festive luau, featuring tropical food and beverages, and luau-themed games and prizes. Our younger kids will have a ball at our-end-of-the-season carnival. Play crazy games! Win lots of prizes! We’ll have tons of things to do and prizes to win, and a treat to take home. Join us on Thursday, August 1, from 2 to 3 p.m. for the “we did it” celebration.

Upcoming Events for Summer Reading:

Teens: Tuesday, July 23, 2-3 p.m: MythBusters – Join us for the library’s take on the popular science experiment-based TV show. Help us look deeper into popular urban myths to prove if they’re fact or myth once and for all while we blow some things up along the way!

Wednesday, July 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m: Kalamazoo Nature Center’s “Our Earth – Can You Dig It?” program. Open to all ages. Dig deep into the world beneath our feet in this program presented by the KNC.

Tuesday, July 30, 3-4 p.m.: End of Summer Reading Prize Party – Luau! Come join the tropical fun.

Kids: Monday, July 22, 2-3 p.m.: Dig In! Make a snack from things that grow and enjoy nutritionally amusing stories.

Thursday, August 1, 2-3 p.m.: End of Summer Reading Prize Party – Carnival

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