By CHERYL SCHWEIZER
For The Sun Tribune
MOSES LAKE — Books, theater, music, magic, archeology, living history – it will be a packed summer schedule at local public libraries. The summer reading program sponsored by the North Central Regional Library kicks off the second week of June, after schools are dismissed for the summer.
The summer program is changing to reflect changing times, said Michelle McNeil, NCRL public information specialist. Regional library officials will “expand our traditional program to include a wide array of opportunities people of all ages can experience at the library,” she wrote.
Children – and teens and adults, actually – can still read books and win prizes (different in each library). Each library will sponsor its own local activities, and other programs will be available to all libraries throughout the system.
The Moses Lake library sponsors craft programs for teens and adults, family game nights, family movies; adults and kids are invited to make barbecue sauce July 1. Home Depot will sponsor a craft project for kids June 27. The Ephrata library will sponsor teen movie nights, craft classes for adults and story time for toddlers. The Quincy library plans a 3D printing class July 29, children’s craft projects, lessons in (and time to play) Minecraft.
The Book-It Repertory Theater will return with its production of “The Odyssey,” the adventures of a guy on his way home from the wars of classical Greece. The Grant County PUD will present “Swimming with Salmon,” which follows the salmon to sea and back, at Grant County libraries.
The Traveling Lantern Theater Company will visit the region with its production of “My Mother the Astronaut.” The Burke Museum, Seattle, will bring its “Dig In” program, a display of fossils and fossilized plants.
The Knights of Veritas, who demonstrate authentic medieval dress and armor, will be back with a program that also includes medieval astronomy. Magician Jeff Evans will appear with his “Out of this World” magic show.
Musician Sean Gaskell will play and talk about the “Kora,” a West African 21-stringed harp played by oral historians. Actress Michelle LaRue will perform stories from classic American literature in her “Tales Well Told” series. Stories and music from Australia are the subjects of the “Didgeridoo Down Under” program. The didgeridoo is a musical instrument that’s part of native Australian culture.
Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.