Activities

1000 Books Before Kindergarten (Youth)

The goal is to read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten. Visit the youth area anytime to pick up a booklet and get started. This is a work at your own pace program. Prizes will be awarded when you reach 500 and 1,000 books.
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Astronaut Clayton Anderson (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

Meet former NASA Astronaut Clayton Anderson, and learn about the journey of this small-town Nebraska boy who spent time in space! Reservations requested beginning June 24.
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Astronaut Snacks (Teen)

Try a variety of freeze-dried snacks (ice cream & fruit) advertised as Astronaut Food. Freeze-dried foods have been aboard NASA missions since the early Mercury Missions. *Food allergy warning
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Beki Hemingway Concert (Adult)

Join us for an evening of wonderful music with Beki Hemingway and Randy Kerkman. Ages 18 and up.
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Book Bags for Tanzania (Teen, Adult)

Try out the library’s sewing machines with this simple project! We’ll be sewing book bags to send to children in Tanzania. Registration required at least two days in advance.
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Build, Connect, Create (Youth)

Let your imagination run wild as you build with our collection of STEM toys, including: KEVA Planks, Straws & Connectors, Startup Circuits, K'Nex, Code-a-pillar, Squigz, and more!
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Chalk the Walk (Youth, Teen)

Create your own masterpiece on the library sidewalk! Chalk is provided by the library.
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Coloring & Cookies (Youth, Teen)

Love to color? Coloring is a great creative outlet for relaxing minds and refining motor skills. Kids of all ages are welcome to drop in to color and enjoy a cookie or two! *Food allergy warning
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Crafternoons (Youth)

Enjoy a story and make a craft! Parents are welcome to assist their child with the craft.
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Crane River Theater: You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

Crane River Theater's summer production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" will be visiting the library and showing a sneak peek. Come see Linus, Lucy, Sally, Snoopy, and, of course, Charlie Brown!
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Cranes for Cancer (Adult, Teen, Youth)

Fold origami cranes for cancer patients. No registration required.
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Edible Book Festival Registration (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Register an entry for the Edible Book Festival, held on Wednesday, June 19. Entries must be registered by June 16. One entry per participant.
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Edible Book Festival: Public Voting & Awards (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

View the entries for the 6th Annual Edible Book Festival and participate by voting for People's Choice. Voting opens at 1:30pm and winners will be announced at 2:00pm.
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Evening Yarns (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Whether you've been knitting for decades or days, join this welcoming group of knitters. Can't commit to every Thursday? No problem - come when you can! Registration is not required.
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Family Night (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

June 25: Life-Size Yahtzee! Come play one of your favorite board games….jumbo size! Yahtzee is a classic dice game played with 5 dice. July 2: American Trivia! How well do you know your country? Recognize famous landmarks? Your family is your team.
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Firefighter Storytime (Youth)

We invite preschoolers, parents, and caregivers to a special storytime/education session that highlights Fire Prevention Month. Firefighters will read a story about fire safety and demonstrate what they wear in a fire.
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Flingers & Flyers! (Youth, Teen)

Learn how to make a variety of flying things, from balloon rockets to toothpick twirlers! Grades 3 and up.
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Fun with Popcorn! (Youth)

Don’t miss this poppin’ good time as we celebrate National Popcorn Poppin’ Month! Try popcorn inspired games and create a popcorn themed craft.
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Genealogy Quest (Adult)

If you love digging into your ancestral past, this is the study hall for you! Use the library's resources to help you in your quest. Come search with us!
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Hidden Pictures (Youth, Teen)

If you love hidden picture challenges in Highlights magazine, this is the program for you! We will have a variety of challenges on hand for you to try.
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Hollands! Concert (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

The Hollands! are a multinational family band with roots in Australia and the US. They are 21st-century nomads and frolic in the Americana/Folk Revival scene.
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Intro to 3D Printing (Teen, Adult)

Join us to learn how to create projects for the 3D printer using TinkerCAD, a free design software, and explore Thingiverse, a website of shared designs. Registration required. Limited to seven per session.
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Intro to Cricut Design Space (Teen, Adult)

Register for one of these introductory classes on the Cricut Design Space software and create your first project. Limited to seven participants per session.
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Intro to SketchUp (Teen, Adult)

Join guest instructor Ryan Haack for a basic introduction to SketchUp, a free 3D modeling software. Registration required.
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Intro to the Button Maker (Teen, Adult)

Join us for an introductory class on our Build-A-Button software. Limited to 7 per session. Registration required.
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It's Shark Week!!! (Youth)

It's time to celebrate the most "fin"-tastic week of the year........Shark Week! • Count the shark cut-outs in the youth area • Guess the number of sharks in the guessing jar
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Kearney Hub Collection from NewsBank (Teen, Adult)

Explore the Kearney Hub with one of our newest databases! Search more than 10 years of Kearney and Nebraska history. This collection includes coverage from 2005 through today, including full-text, web-only content and full color image editions.
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Knitting Encore (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Join our informal knitting sessions. Volunteer coaches can help you build new knitting skills, support you with an ongoing project, or simply come for social knitting fun.
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Lego Guy! Curtis Mork (Youth, Teen)

Curtis Mork owns more than 600 sets of LEGOS! Curtis will share a bit of LEGO history, show off a couple dozen of his space-themed LEGOS and then have the youth build with LEGOS.
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Legos at the Library (Youth)

Come for some brick-snappin' fun! Design and build your own creations. The library will supply the legos. Grades K-5.
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Lunar Anniversary (Youth)

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar landing on July 20! Register to win moon-themed prizes in the youth area.
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Movies (Youth, Teen, Family)

Watch a movie and enjoy a small snack. Youth ages seven and under need to be accompanied by an adult. All ages are welcome.
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Mystery Mosaics (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Mystery Mosaics coloring pages are secret designs disguised as numbered squares. At first glance, you'll have no clue what each completed image will be…follow the guide, apply color to each square, and watch the incredible mosaic picture take shape.
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Now & Then Photo Contest (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

Re-create a photo from your past for this fun contest! Entries accepted June 1 - June 30.
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Open Book Club (Adult)

The "Open Book Club" is sponsored by the library and open to anyone 18 and over. Meetings are held the second Monday of every month starting at 6:30 pm. We welcome everyone who is interested! (There will be no meeting in July.)
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Paint by Sticker (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Similar to paint-by-number, each template is divided into spaces, each with a number that corresponds to a particular sticker. Find the sticker, peel it, and place it in the right space. Voila!
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Paws to Read (Youth, Teen)

Kids love to practice reading when they have the attention of a furry friend! Come to the library and read to a friendly Registered Therapy Animal. No registration is required and all ages are welcome.
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Preschool Storytime (Youth)

Stories for children ages 3-6 years. Parents/adults need not attend, but please stay in the building.
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Pringles: Family Night (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

Do you LOVE Pringles? You and other Pringles fans will start out by taste testing a variety of flavors (YUM!), then try a bit of flavor stacking.
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Pub Quiz at the Chicken Coop (Adult)

Meet in the basement of the Chicken Coop and play our trivia game!
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RB Digital (Teen, Adult)

Heard a good book lately? Come learn how to check out eAudiobooks to your device – free with your library card! Bring your device along with you and we’ll help you get started with RB Digital. Limited to seven per session. Registration required.
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Stuffed Alien Workshop (Youth)

There’s no place like space! During this workshop, guests are read a storybook, then hand-stuff a plush alien, and wish on a star. This program will be out-of-the-world fun!
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Teen Trivia (Teen)

Can you identify everyday objects by these close-up pictures? Take a look at close-up images and see if you can guess what they are. Everything is not as it seems!
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Toddler Storytime (Youth)

Stories for children ages 0-2 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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Transcribe Historical Documents (Adult)

The Library of Congress needs your help! Learn to transcribe historical documents associated with Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, the women's suffrage movement, American poets, and more! Registration required. Ages 18 and up.
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Writer's Block (Adult)

An informal writing group that meets twice a month. No experience necessary. Snacks and beverages are provided.
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