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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Alphabet Reading Challenge (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Participate in our fall reading challenge! Choose the Half Alphabet Challenge (13 books) or the Whole Alphabet Challenge (26 books.) Open to all ages from August 1-October 31, 2019.
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Arts & Crafts for Adults (Adult)

Explore your creative side each month with a different project or two. Join us for the session that best fits your schedule. Registration required.
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Brew and Build with LEGOS (Adult)

Adults love Legos too! Join us for a night of building. The library will supply the Legos. Bring your imagination and create a masterpiece while enjoying a brewed beverage – coffee, tea, coco or cider.
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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 and History Nebraska. Feel free to bring your lunch with you. Snacks and beverages are provided.
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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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Card Crafting (Adult)

You're invited to a session of creative greeting card crafting. Registration required.
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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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Food for Fines (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Pay your overdue fees and help your community at the same time! For each non-perishable food item you bring in, we waive $1.00 in library fines from your account.
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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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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 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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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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Knot Just Knitting (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Love to knit, crochet, cross-stitch or create other fiber arts? Have a project under construction? This is the group for you! Drop in for fun, friends and fiber! Volunteer coaches for knitting will be available. Registration is not required.
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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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Mike Blakely in Concert (Adult, Family)

As a singer/songwriter, Mike Blakely has released 13 albums. As an author, he has published 19 books with major New York City publishers. His newest historical novel, A Sinister Splendor, was released in February of 2019.
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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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One Author Kearney (Adult, Teen)

Kearney Public Library Foundation and Kearney Public Library proudly presents an evening with authors Nancy Horan and Gail Tsukiyama. Join us for an evening of conversation and readings. A book signing will follow the presentations.
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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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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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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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Stitch It! (Adult)

We will explore basic sewing, machine embroidery and more during these classes. Sewing is not scary so come join the fun! No experience necessary.
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Studio KPL (Adult)

An art workshop for in-depth projects. Registration required.
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Program Fee$10.00

Teen Craft (Teen)

Join us and your friends to make crafts and have some fun. Grades 5 and up.
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Throwback Thursday (Youth, Teen)

This one is a throwback to the 70’s... think shag! Make this crazy fun cup koozie using bright colored yarn. You’ll always be able to tell your drink apart from everyone else’s!
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TinkerTots (Youth)

Join us for a hands-on STEM program designed especially for you and your preschooler. Help your child develop important math, science and learning readiness skills while having fun! An adult caregiver must remain with the participating child.
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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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Trick or Treat on the Bricks (Youth, Teen)

Make the library a stop on your downtown trick or treating route and take home a treat! Register to win a Halloween book and take a chance at our guessing jar. Closest guess wins the contents!
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Trick or Treat Storytime (Youth)

Come dressed up in your costume for story time this week! After listening to a couple of stories, we will parade through the library collecting treats from the librarians!
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Watercolor Wednesdays (Adult)

Get your creative juices flowing in this watercolor class. Each month we'll brush up our watercolor skills working with different themes. Registration required.
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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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Writing Workshop with Bruce Arant (Adult)

Bruce has authored and illustrated two of his own picture books, Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep! and Simpson’s Sheep Just Want to Sleep! Join us for this workshop on the crafts of writing and illustrating.
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$10.00

Writing Workshop with Gail Tsukiyama (Adult)

Gail Tsukiyama, New York Times Bestselling author of seven books will lead a writing workshop for aspiring writers and fans of her work. Here is your opportunity to spend the afternoon with a master storyteller.
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$20.00

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