Activities

"Mad" Queen of the Prairies (Adult)

Historian and author Jeff Barnes, returns to Kearney with his newest presentation. America waited a decade for the opening of the vast territory of Nebraska, but no one could have predicted its crazed first years.
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"Polar" Reading Challenge (Adult)

Keep your mind warmed up this winter with our reading challenge for adults! Each month from November to January, you’ll have a “polar opposite” challenge – and read two books that are opposites of each other!
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100 Great Books (Youth)

These 100 GREAT BOOKS have withstood the test of time or are on their way to becoming new classics. How many do you know? Check them out and check them off your list!
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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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Afterschool Snackers (Youth)

Learn how to make a yummy, holiday-themed craft and have some fun! For youth ages 6–11. Registration required.
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Alphabet Adventures (Youth)

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and more featuring the letter of the week in this interactive program. You are welcome to bring an item starting with the week’s special letter!
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Arts & Crafts for Adults: January (Adult)

Explore your creative side each month with a different craft project. Bring your imagination and we will supply the rest. We offer both in-person and take-and-make sessions for this program — so choose the right option for you when you register!
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Arts & Crafts for Adults: November (Adult)

Explore your creative side each month with a different craft project. Bring your imagination and we will supply the rest. We offer both in-person and take-and-make sessions for this program — so choose the right option for you when you register!
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Arts & Crafts for Adults: October (Adult)

Explore your creative side each month with a different craft project. Bring your imagination and we will supply the rest. We offer both in-person and take-and-make sessions for this program — so choose the right option for you when you register!
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Arts & Crafts for Adults: September (Adult)

Explore your creative side each month with a different craft project. Bring your imagination and we will supply the rest. We offer both in-person and take-and-make sessions for this program — so choose the right option for you when you register!
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B. Y. O. B. (Bring Your Own Book) Club (Adult)

Choose your own reads in this book club with a twist! Come and share your favorite reads based on each month's theme and listen to others' recommendations. Mingle with other readers and grow your reading list!
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Banned Books Week (Adult)

Celebrate your freedom to read and check out a challenged book from our display! This event highlights books that have been challenged in libraries around the world.
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Brown Bag History Series (Adult)

You are invited to the continuing "Brown Bag" series, hosted by the library, in partnership with the UNK History Department. Feel free to bring your lunch with you.
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Build, Connect, Create (Youth)

Let your imagination run wild as you build with our collection of STEM toys, including Blocks Rock, Domino Race, KEVA Planks, Snap Circuits, and much more!
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Card Crafting: January "Valentine's" (Adult)

You're invited to a session on creative greeting card crafting. We are offering both in-person and virtual sessions for this program. Limited to 20 participants each.
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Card Crafting: November "Winter" (Adult)

You're invited to a session on creative greeting card crafting. We are offering both in-person and virtual sessions for this program. Limited to 20 participants each.
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Card Crafting: October "Designer's Choice" (Adult)

You're invited to a session on creative greeting card crafting. We are offering both in-person and virtual sessions for this program. Limited to 20 participants each.
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Card Crafting: September "Happy Birthday & Halloween" (Adult)

You're invited to a session on creative greeting card crafting. We are offering both in-person and virtual sessions for this program. Limited to 20 participants each.
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Coloring & Cookies! (Youth, Teen, Family)

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!
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Crafternoon: Old Bear (Youth)

Listen to Miss Shawna read "Old Bear" by Kevin Henkes (in-person session only) and then make a craft. We are offering both in-person and virtual sessions for this program.
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Crafternoon: Room on the Broom (Youth)

Listen to Miss Shawna read "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson (in-person session only) and then make a craft. We are offering both in-person and virtual sessions for this program.
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Digital Kearney Hubs Class (Adult)

Did you know that library cardholders have access to digitized Kearney Hubs? Attend this class for a brief introduction to the Historic Kearney Hubs database and the Kearney Hub Collection from NewsBank.
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Family Game & Puzzle Night (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

It's National Game & Puzzle week (November 20–26)! Join us for a fun evening of games. We'll provide board games, card games, and many types of puzzles. Try a new game or play an old favorite.
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Find Flurry (Youth)

Youth are invited to come to find Flurry the Snowman, who will be hiding somewhere different each day in our youth area. Fill out a form, to list where you found him, for a chance to win one of our snowman prizes! One entry per day, per child.
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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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Get Crafty: Cookie Cutter Ornaments (Youth)

Using fusible beads and a holiday-themed cookie cutter, youth will create their own Christmas ornament! Create a random design or carefully arrange the beads in a pattern.
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Get Crafty: Reindeer Cups (Youth)

Everyone loves Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Create a sweet Rudolph craft to share or enjoy yourself! The library will provide all of the needed supplies except for scissors. ***Food allergy warning***
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Halloween Treat Dice Game (Youth, Teen)

When you think of Halloween, often the first thing that comes to mind is all of the treats you will receive. Get your treat stash started by playing our fun Halloween Treat dice game.
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Happy Noon Year! (Youth, Teen, Family)

Our favorite party is back - don’t miss all of the fun! Not allowed to stay up until midnight?…come celebrate 2023's arrival during daylight hours. We'll dance to favorites like the Hokey Pokey, YMCA, and more with Pure Platinum DJ Services.
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Knot Just Knitting (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Love to knit, crochet, cross-stitch, or create other fiber arts? This is the group for you! Drop-in for fun, friends, and fiber! Registration is not required.
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KPL Food Drive (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

Help us support the Mid-Nebraska Food Bank by bringing five non-perishable food items to the library's front desk. Each time you bring five items you will earn an entry to our giveaway drawing.
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KPL Magazine Sale (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

We're switching it up this year and having an in-person magazine sale. Back issues of 2021 magazines will be sold for $3 per title—first-come, first-serve.
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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.
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Library Card Sign-up Month (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)


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Make It & Take It Night (Teen, Adult)

Come enjoy some fun craft time in the Makerspace! Get an idea of all the possibilities and have a completed project to take home at the end.
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Movie Afternoon (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

Join us for a movie at the library! This month we'll be watching "The Bad Guys" (PG).
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Movie Musical Mondays (Teen, Adult)

Enjoy a movie musical once a month this fall at the library! This program is intended for ages 16 and up. However, children aged 5 and up may attend as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Light snacks will be available.
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Open Book Club (Adult)

The "Open Book Club" is library-sponsored and open to anyone ages 18+. Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every month starting at 6:30 pm. We welcome everyone who is interested!
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Paws to Read (Youth)

Youth ages 5–12 can practice their reading by reading aloud to a dog! Registered Therapy Animals and their handlers will be listening to youth read. Read five books/chapters to the team and earn a prize!
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Poetry with Prairie Arts Brothers (Teen, Adult)

Enjoy an evening of live poetry with a reading from a variety of area poets.
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Preschool Storytime (Youth)

Come enjoy stories geared for ages 3-6. Registration is not required for this event, just come prepared for fun! Parents do not need to sit in on storytime but are welcome. Please stay in the building.
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Pub Quiz @ Cunningham's Journal (Adult)

Meet us in the upstairs area of Cunningham's Journal (15 W. 23rd St) and play our trivia game! Teams of one to six people will answer 30 trivia questions in one hour. The answers will be revealed in the second hour.
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Pub Quiz Online via Quizizz (Adult)

Join us online to play a quiz game!
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Shutterfly Study Hall (Adult)

Learn how to create a Shutterfly.com account and organize your digital photos in a book to enjoy and share! Guest presenter, Connie Jelkin, will walk through the basic steps of making a photo book.
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STEM: Candy Pumpkin Catapults (Youth)

Kids love flinging things. That’s what makes this activity such a huge hit! Participants will create a catapult that launches candy mini pumpkins. After crafting, we'll test the catapults to see whose pumpkin flies farthest and who has the best aim.
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Studio KPL (Adult)

Sign up today for a creative art workshop that will feature an in-depth special project.
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Workshop Fee$10.00

Tech Trivia Thursdays (Teen, Adult)

Watch our Facebook page on the first Thursday of the month for a trivia question to answer using our "Tech Tool of the Month." Email the answer to the Reference Librarian by 9 pm that night for the chance at a prize drawing.
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Teen DIY: Cheesecloth Ghosts (Teen)

Halloween is right around the corner and these easy cheesecloth ghosts are the perfect activity to get you in the spirit.
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Teen DIY: Eucalyptus & Wood Hoop Wall Hanging (Teen)

Looking for something creative and trendy to do over winter break? This natural wood and eucalyptus wreath is just what you need to put the finishing touch on your favorite room!
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Teen DIY: Mayflower Munch Mix (Teen)

Have fun decorating a quart-sized jar and filling it with Mayflower Munch Mix! The mix is a tasty no-bake snack, similar to trail mix, but is Thanksgiving-themed. ***Food Allergy Warning***
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