mmer programming at the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library’s Young People’s Department! There are exciting programs for all ages this summer! Some programs will be in-person, some programs will be Take and Make programs and others will be online or a combination of Take and Make and an online format.

In-person programming starts in July for the Young People’s Department. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s health and safety guidelines, and the size of the library’s meeting room, in-person programming will be limited to 10 participants for each camp this summer. If a program fills up to maximum capacity, parents can still sign their child up on a wait list. Registration is now open.

On Monday, July 13, from 2-3pm, we will have the summer camp, Imagineers! This camp is designed for children in grades K-2. We will be making some fun Zentangle/Zendoodle art, making a new chair for Baby Bear (from Goldilocks and the Three Bears) and we will have some fun with Humpty Dumpty!

Our second summer camp is Camp Half-Blood, inspired by the Percy Jackson novels by author Rick Riordan! This camp will be on Wednesday, July 22, from 2-3pm. This summer camp is designed for students in grades 6-12! It will be a lot of fun as we make origami Cyclops eyes and Greek-styled art flower pots and more!

Our third and final in-person summer camp is Cupcake Wars! Children in grades 3-5 will get to compete for the best decorated cupcakes! Participants will get to decorate a cupcake based on our fantasy summer reading theme – Imagine Your Story! Participants will also get to decorate a second cupcake however they like! Afterwards, camp participants will vote on the designs they like best! This program will take place on Tuesday, July 28, from 2-3pm.

Also, we have Mad Science from Greater Kansas City, hosting a Zoom summer camp workshop on July 8 from 2-3pm. The camp, Energy Burst, will have participants from grades 3-5. The Energy Burst camp will have fun science experiments for them to view and understand the difference between potential energy and kinetic energy. They also get their very own take home kit that has participants making catapults! This camp will allow for 20 participants and is a combination of an online program and Take and Make program. Participants will be able to pick up their Zoom information and camp materials between June 26 and July 7.

One of our favorite programs, Storytime, is back! Storytimes will be a little different this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our health and safety guidelines. Storytimes will be a combination of an online program and a Take and Make program. After registering your child for one of our storytimes, the parents can stop by the library the week of their chosen storytime and pick up their craft supplies. Reading of the actual story will be done online via Zoom or Hoopla. One of the Young People’s Department staff will read the story online via Zoom (a link will be emailed) or they will email a link for the child to listen, watch, or read the book online through Hoopla. To create an account with Hoopla, all a person needs is their library card number. The Young People’s Department staff hopes you will join us for these fun storytimes!

Our teens have will have a return of one of their favorite Friday Night Live programs -Tie-Dye and Ice Cream Night! Tie-Dye and Ice Cream Night is open to teens in grades 6-12. Friday Night Live will take place on Friday, August 21, from 6:30-8pm. When participants sign up, make sure to give us your t-shirt size as we will provide t-shirts, tie-dye materials and, of course, ice cream!

Finally, our teens in grades 7-10, will have a chance to be a part of our new teen book club: Book to Movie Club. The idea is for teens to read a book, then come to a meeting to watch the movie adaptation. After viewing the film, the group will then discuss both the book and the movie adaptation. Teens can pick up their books to read at a Meet and Greet on August 11 from 2-3pm. The novel teens will be reading is Every Day by David Levithan. The book and movie discussion will be held in September. For more information on any of our programs, please contact the library (785-238-4311) or check out our Facebook page!

Children’s Fantasy Books

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

by C.S. Lewis

Abby in Oz by

Sarah Mlynowski

Grump by Liesl Shurtliff

Young Adult Fantasy Books

• Five Dark Fates

by Kendare Blake

• Straight On Till Morning

by Liz Braswell

Kelly Liptak is the Young People’s Department Head at the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library.

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