Activities

3-D Pen Printing (Adult)

Try out our 3-D pens by creating a multi-colored bird or butterfly. Or just experiment with the 3-D pens. It's so easy and fun! Registration required.
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Book / Movie Character Trivia (Youth, Teen)

Can you identify a book or movie character by its image? Test your knowledge and win a prize! Please no smartphones to search for answers during the quiz. Registration required. For youth entering grades 5-12.
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BookFace Contest (Youth, Teen, Adult)

A photo contest with a twist! Just replace your face (or other body part) with a book's cover and snap a photo.
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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! Registration required two days in advance. Limited to 30. Grades K-5.
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Canvas Image Transfers: Step #1 (Adult)

Create a beautiful picture by transferring an image from paper to an 8" x 10" canvas. Registration required. Ages 18+
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Canvas Image Transfers: Step #2 (Adult)

If you completed Step #1 of this project, don't forget to attend the Step #2 session that corresponds with your registration.
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Chalk the Walk (Youth)

Create your own masterpiece on the library sidewalk! Chalk is provided by the library. All ages.
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Children's Book Week (Youth, Teen)

It's Children's Book Week! Register to win free books in the Youth and Teen Departments.
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Color for Tanzanian Students (Adult)

Help us color and assemble simple number and counting books and "Learn English" picture and phrase books for Tanzanian students.
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Coloring and 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! Please register 2 days in advance.
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Crane River Theater: Madagascar (Youth, Teen, Family)

Take a sneak peek at Crane River's summer performance for families!
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Cranes for Cancer (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Be a hero to cancer patients! Adults will meet in the Niobrara room to fold cranes, while youth in grades 3 and up will meet in the South Platte room. At summer's end, all cranes will be sent to cancer patients to give them hope.
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Crazy for Cupcakes (Youth, Teen)

Love cupcakes? Join us for cupcake-related activities as well as decorating (and eating) a cupcake! *Food allergy warning. Registration required. Youth entering grades 5-12.
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Edible Book Festival Registration (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Register an entry for the Edible Book Festival, held on Wednesday, June 20. Entries must be registered by June 13. One entry per participant.
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Edible Book Festival: Public Voting & Awards (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

View the entries for the 5th Annual Edible Book Festival and participate by voting for People's Choice. Winners will be announced at 2:00pm.
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Elephant and Piggie Extravaganza! (Youth, Teen)

Love Elephant and Piggie books? Enjoy crafts and games based on the books by Mo Willems. Registration required. All ages.
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Evening Yarns (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 required only for beginners wanting instruction.
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Extreme Mazes / Extreme Dot-to-Dots (Youth, Teen)

Love the challenge of mazes or dot-to-dots? Find the passageway through each magnificently detailed maze or try an intricate dot to dot with 600 - 1,400 dots! Registration required. For youth entering grades 3-12.
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Fabric Baskets (Square option) (Adult)

Choose from a variety of printed fabrics to make a darling, reversible 7" square by 1 1/2" high basket. Registration required.
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Fabric Baskets (Upright option) (Adult)

Choose from a variety of printed fabrics to make an upright basket. The basket's base is 5" by 6" and stands 6" tall. Registration required. Choose one session.
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Family Trivia Night (Family)

How well do you know your animated characters? Your family is your team. The team with the most correct answers wins a prize. Please no smartphones to search for answers during the quiz. Registration required. Limited to 15 teams of 6 or less people.
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Genealogy Quest (Technology, 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 and spend time with other like-minded people. Come search with us!
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Hanson Family (Youth, Teen, Family)

The amazing Hanson family will entertain you with unicycle tricks, club passing routines and juggling. You don't want to miss this program! All ages.
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Infant/Child Home Safety with CHI Good Samaritan and Safe Kids (Youth, Family)

This program is designed with home safety of infant and children in mind. A review of indoor and outdoor risk is discussed with numerous safety tips included. Youth are welcome to attend with their parent.
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Jennifer Pharr Davis, Author (Teen, Adult)

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis returns to present her newest book Pursuit of Endurance. She is an athlete, author, and speaker who has covered over 14,000 miles of long distance trails. Book signing after.
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Jonathan Rundman in Concert (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

Jonathan's songs can be heard across America, England, and Scandinavia. He deftly navigates between folk music, Americana, sophisticated pop, and garagey rock.
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Knitting Encore (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Join us for informal knitting sessions with volunteer coaches.
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Magician: Theron Milo (Youth, Teen, Family)

He's back! Theron Milo is Nebraska's newest Family Magician. With over 15 years of experience, dazzling audiences with his masterful sleight of hand, this wizard guarantees a great show!
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Make a Plate (Youth, Teen)

Youth will create original artwork that will be sent off to be made into a melamine plate. Registration required. Grades 3 & up. Limited to 20 participants.
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Musician: Beki Hemingway (Adult)

Join us for an evening of wonderful music with Beki Hemingway and Randy Kerkman, her husband, guitarist, and co-writer. Their latest CD, Whins and Weather, covers a lot of ground - Americana, gospel, folk, and even a bit of old fashioned pop.
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Mystery Mosaics (Youth, Teen)

Mystery Mosaics coloring pages are secret designs disguised as numbered squares. Follow the number guide, apply color, and watch the picture take shape. Registration required. For youth entering grades 3-12.
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Now Showing... (Youth, Teen)

Watch a movie and enjoy a small snack. Youth ages six and under need to be accompanied by an adult. All ages are welcome.
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Once Upon a Time... (Crafts) (Youth, Teen)

Do you love fairy tales? Join us for crafts and activities based on you favorite fairy tales and fairy tale characters. Registration required. All ages.
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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. Registration required. Youth sessions: Grades 3 & up. Adult sessions: Ages 18+
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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 dog or cat. No registration is required and all ages are welcome.
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Play-Doh Squish & Create (Youth, Teen)

Let your imagination run wild while creating with Play-Doh! Registration required. Limited to 40 participants. All ages.
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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. (No storytime June 20-22, 27-29, or July 4.)
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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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Puppeteer: Pockets Full of Fun! (Youth, Teen, Family)

Puppeteer Lisa Laird on her friends Shiloh, Jemimah, Mushi and Neco will be sharing their new show called Libraries ROCK - a Musical Mis-Adventure!
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Read and Bleed Blood Drive (Teen, Adult)

Giving blood is one of the easiest ways to make a life-saving difference.
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Rubik's Cube Demonstration (Youth, Teen, Family)

Do you have a scrambled up Rubik's cube at home? Bring it and watch 12-year-old Gauge Hasbrouck solve it in seconds. See his collection of cube varieties, learn about competitions and enter to win a cube of your own!
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Safety/First Aid for Kids with CHI Health Good Samaritan and Safe Kids (Youth)

A review of summer and winter safety is discussed with numerous safety and first aid information included. Participants will receive items to start their own first aid kit. Parents are welcome to attend! Registration required.
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Sharpie Tie-Dye! (Youth, Teen)

Create your own unique tie-dye t-shirt using Sharpie markers! It is recommended participants wear old clothing to this program. Registration required. Limited to 10 participants.
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Star Wars: May the Fourth Be With You! (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Don't forget to celebrate Star Wars day by entering drawings for Star Wars books and other surprises. Drawing boxes will be located near the main circulation desk and in the youth area.
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Story Crafternoons (Youth)

Enjoy a story and make a craft! Parents are welcome to assist their child with the craft. Registration is required at least three days in advance.
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Storybook Walk (Youth, Teen, Family)

Join us for a Storybook Walk with Kearney Park & Rec! As you walk through the park, you will enjoy a story combined with fun activities to get you moving. All ages.
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String Art (Youth, Teen)

Let us introduce you to string art! We will create geometric string art designs on 8"x 8" black cardstock using a needle and fluorescent thread. Registration required. Limited to 15 participants. For youth entering grades 5-12.
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Summer Programming and Reading Challenge Kickoff (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Join us as we kickoff our annual Summer Programming and Reading Challenge! Summer at the library isn't just for kids...we have reading challenges and programs for all ages!
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Teen Craft (Teen)

Join us and your friends to make crafts and have some fun. Grades 5 and up.
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Toddler Storytime (Youth)

Stories for children ages 0-2 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (No storytime June 20-21, 27-28, or July 4.)
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