Busy summer planned at local libraries

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MOSES LAKE — Books, theater, music, magic, archeology, living history – wow. It’s a packed summer schedule at local public libraries. The summer reading program is in full swing at local libraries, sponsored by the North Central Regional Library.

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). Different libraries will sponsor local activities, and other programs will be available to all libraries throughout the system.

The NCRL puppeteers will be in Royal City at 3 p.m. today, and the “Out of This World Magic Show,” featuring magician Jeff Evans, will be at 11 a.m. July 11. The “Style Music Variety Show” is scheduled for 1 p.m. July 15. The variety show features music inspired by children’s and young adult literature.

A “Space Science” program is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. July 22. The Grant County PUD will present “Swimming with Salmon,” following the salmon to sea and back, at Grant County libraries. “Swimming with the Salmon” will be presented at the Royal City library at 11 a.m. July 25. The puppeteers will return for a second performance at 1 p.m. August 2. The library is located at 136 Northwest Camelia St.

The puppeteers will appear twice in Mattawa, at 4:30 p.m. July 8 and 1 p.m. Aug. 2. “Swimming with the Salmon” is scheduled for 11 a.m. July 11.

The Style Music Variety Show will come to Mattawa at 4 p.m. July 15. “Space Dog from Planet K-9” lands in Mattawa at 11 a.m. July 25, and the “Space Science” program is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. July 30. The library is located at 101 Manson Lane.

The Quincy library plans a 3D printing class July 29, children’s craft projects, and lessons in (and time to play) Minecraft. Libraries throughout the system are sponsoring many of the same craft projects, ranging from wooden rockets and book bag decorating to paracord bracelets and clothespin zombies.

The Traveling Lantern Theater Company will visit the region with its production of “My Mother the Astronaut.” The Burke Museum, Seattle, will bring is “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 education@columbiabasinherald.com.

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