Summer Success at Amherst Public Library

The library was extremely busy this summer with people participating in various reading programs and special events.  You can check out a slideshow of summer photos here.

Magician Gordon Russ packed the house for his family magic show he presented in June at the Main Street Center.   He kept the audience laughing and called up lots of volunteers.

Craft Days were a huge hit once again with families loving the drop-in format.  More than 1000 people attended a total of five craft days at the library.  No wonder we're always tired.
We kept the Star Wars theme alive making robots during that first session and keeping the "star" theme throughout the summer.  The pool noodle light sabers were a favorite.

More than 700 kids attended one of our storytime sessions during June and July.  Tuesdays at Amherst Township Park seemed extra popular this year.

But the fun's not over. Remember the Wonderful World of Bubble Program will take place August 10 at 1 p.m.  Sue the Bubble Lady will amaze the crowd with her bubble skills and a bit of science. Remember that program will take place at the Main Street Center, 255 Park Avenue, so we can accommodate the crowd.

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Teen Fun

Teens took part in a special Star Wars Cupcake event. Darth Vader and Storm Troopers were done in fondant and most everybody tried their hand at a Chewbacca cupcake.  Thanks to Sweets By Maggie for bringing in all the supplies.

 

We Can Code It, of Cleveland, led two different computer coding classes at the library. 

 During the first workshop kids learned Scratch programming and made virtual pets.  Of course you had to feed your pet and we saw everything being created from donuts to tacos to keep the digital friends happy and healthy.

The second class was learning how to create a fireworks display using Redstone, the language behind the popular Minecraft program.  For this class we got out the big screen so everyone could see their programming results and share their programming skills with the whole class.

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Summer Fair Fun

A big thank you to Hoisting Steel Gym, the Amherst Cinema, the Amherst Fire Department, Amherst Methodist Church, and the Rakar and Turley families for helping to make our big Star Party such a huge success. 

Families had a great time, despite the heat, playing games, listening to steel drum music and checking the list to see if they were raffle prize winners.  Hoisting Steel made sure everyone stayed cool after running the obstacle course. 

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Baby Books

The library was busy this summer encouraging some of our newest library patrons to pick up a good book.  The Children's Department gave away 30 new baby gift bags during June and July.  Each baby received a bag with a bib, a great board book and information from the American Library Association on early literacy.  Make sure and stop by if you haven't received a bag for your latest family member.

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Flash Mob Lego

Join us on Thursday, August 11 from 11 a.m. to noon, for Flash Mob Lego.  Recommended for grades K - 6, kids must be able to work independently as no adults will be allowed into the program.  Drop in and use the library's Legos to build a creation that we can photograph for a display.

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Back to School Storytime

Join us for a special storytime aimed at those kids entering kindergarten, pre-school and first grade.  Mrs. Stanley will share some of her favorite books and kids can meet some of their storytime friends who may soon be new classmates.

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