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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B. Y. O. 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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Be a Bookaneer: A Library Pirate Adventure! (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

Join Captain KID, library pirate, silly seafarer, and dry land adventurer on a swashbuckling adventure with "Oceans of Possibilities!" This promises to be fun for all ages!
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Beachy Bento Boxes! (Youth)


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Bike Helmet Fitting (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

Come get properly fitted for a $10 bike helmet – while supplies last! CHI Health Good Samaritan and Safe Kids Worldwide have bike helmets for toddlers through adults available. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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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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Card Crafting: May "Father's Day & Thinking of You" (Adult)

You're invited to a session of creative greeting card crafting. This month we are offering only a take-and-make session for this program. Limited to 30 participants.
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Chalk the Walk (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

Create your own masterpiece on the library sidewalk for all of the library patrons to enjoy! Chalk is provided by the library.
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Cork Boats (That actually float!) (Youth)

Ahoy there Matey! Arrrr you ready to build a boat? Join us as we learn how to make easy pirate-themed cork boats. They are fun to make and float really well!
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Crafternoon: Nugget & Fang (Youth)

Listen to Miss Shawna read "Nugget & Fang: Friends Forever—or Snack Time?" by Tammi Sauer (in-person session only) and then make a shark craft. We are offering both in-person and take-home sessions for this program.
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Crafternoon: Stop Snoring, Bernard! (Youth)

Listen to Miss Shawna read "Stop Snoring, Bernard!" by Zachariah OHora (in-person session only) and then make an otter craft. We are offering both in-person and take-home sessions for this program—so choose the right option for you when you register!
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Crafternoon: Tickly Octopus (Youth)

Listen to Miss Shawna read "Tickly Octopus" by Ruth Galloway (in-person session only) and then make an octopus craft. We are offering both in-person and take-home sessions for this program—so choose the right option for you when you register!
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Crafternoon: Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea (Youth)

Listen to Miss Shawna read "Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea" by Jan Peck (in-person session only) and then make a sea turtle craft. We are offering both in-person and take-home sessions for this program.
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Crane River: High School Musical (Youth, Teen, Family)

Come enjoy a sneak peek of the Disney smash-hit "High School Musical" presented by the Crane River Theater Company. This free event is offered in two identical sessions – pick the one that best fits your schedule!
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Edgerton Explorit Center: Screaming Balloon Lab (Youth)

With only two supplies, balloons and hex nuts (and a bit of air), the students will get to make noise that will demonstrate the concept of sound known as frequency/pitch. Students will get to take their lab home with them!
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Edgerton Explorit Center: Wave in a Bottle Lab (Youth)

Using a bottle and oil, water, and color, we'll make waves, discuss our observations/discoveries and have fun! We'll also be learning about density and the difference between oil and water. Best of all, the students can take their lab home with them!
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Edgerton Explorit Center: Wonderful World of Waves Demonstration (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

Many things throughout our everyday lives move in waves, from water to light and even sounds! The Edgerton Explorit Center presents the Wonderful World of Waves, which will dive into the many sound waves we experience every day.
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Edible Book Festival (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

Come see all the amazing entries for the 9th Annual Edible Book Festival and vote for your favorites for the "People's Choice" award. Voting opens at 1:30 pm and winners will be announced at 2:00 pm.
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Edible Book Festival Registration (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Register an entry for the Edible Book Festival that will be held on Wednesday, June 22. Entries must be registered by Monday, June 20 at 8 am. One entry per participant.
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Escape Room Night (Adult)

Sleuth Escape Rooms visits KPL! Staff from Sleuth Escape Rooms will bring mobile escape room challenges to the library. Teams will work together to solve a mystery from a treasure chest. Are you up to the challenge?
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Extreme Dot-to-Dot (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Exercise your left and right brain at the same time with these complex dot-to-dot puzzles. Intricate, challenging, and wildly rewarding to finish, puzzles range from 500 to over 1,400 dots. Youth will receive easy- to medium-level puzzles instead.
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Family Game Night (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

Join us for a fun family game night! We'll be playing TENZI — the world's fastest dice game. It's a fun fast frenzy for the whole family. Limited to twelve teams of six or fewer people.
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Family Puzzle Night (Adult, Family)

Gather the family and put your brains together to assemble a fun puzzle! Our 350-piece puzzles have three different sized pieces to make it a fun challenge for all ages. We'll also have 275-piece puzzles for those who prefer an individual challenge.
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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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Hydration Tips & Tricks (Adult)

Nutrition is important, but so is hydration! Join Kaiti George, Hy-Vee Dietitian, to learn some tips and tricks on staying hydrated in the summer heat. She’ll be bringing some free samples to share!
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Intro to Goodreads (Teen, Adult)

Keep track of your reading with this handy online tool! This class will give you a brief introduction to Goodreads.com. We'll show you how to create an account and add books.
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Kearney's Whitewater Project (Adult)

Board members from the Kearney Whitewater Association will be at the library to present about kayaking, the new whitewater park, and Kearney’s Water Trail. Come and learn about this exciting new addition to Kearney!
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Kickoff to Summer! (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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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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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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Let's Learn Libby (Adult)

Register for a time for one-on-one help to add the Libby app to your mobile device! A staff member will help you add the app, create an account, and show you the basics of borrowing. The Libby app includes eBooks, eAudio, and eMagazines.
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Magician: Jeff Quinn! (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

Jeff Quinn’s "Splash of Magic Show" is full of fishy tricks and boatloads of jokes that will entertain both children and adults!
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Maker Craft: Glowforge Demo (Adult)

Stop by to see a demonstration of the library’s new Glowforge! Select a pattern and watch the laser etch a wooden bookmark for you in minutes. Reserve a time slot for your session.
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Maker Craft: Summer Tumbler (Adult)

Register to create a summer tumbler! Choose a tumbler and a summer quote to apply to your cup. See a demo on the Cricut Maker, create your cup, and stay hydrated this summer! Reserve a time slot for your project.
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Midday Movie (Teen, Adult)

Get out of the afternoon heat and watch this fun Disney film! A buccaneer tries to retrieve a haunted ship from the mutinous scalawags who seized it. Rated: PG-13.
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Mug Monday! (Youth)

Stay hydrated this summer! Youth will create original artwork that will be sent out to be made into a 15oz ceramic mug.
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Musician: Jammin' Randy (Youth, Teen, Adult, Family)

We’ll have a jammin’ good time with Jammin’ Randy as he makes his way back to Kearney Public Library! Enjoy songs with movement, actions, and sing-a-longs all related to our summer theme “Oceans of Possibilities”.
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Mystery Mosaics (Youth, Teen, Adult)

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

Create a beautiful "painting" with stickers! Similar to paint-by-numbers, 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 spot. Voila!
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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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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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Read & Bleed Blood Drive (Teen, Adult)

Save the lives of us to three people with your donation! Giving blood is one of the easiest ways to make a life-saving difference.
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Scratch Art (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Adults can scratch out a beautiful mandala design with a take-home scratch art piece. Teens can scratch out 'Under the Sea' themed line illustrations. Youth can scratch doodles, designs, and more to reveal swirls of color on ocean-themed shapes.
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Shutterfly Photo Books (Adult)

Learn how to organize your digital photos in a book format to enjoy and share with Shutterfly.com. Those attending will create a Shutterfly account and practice working with the site.
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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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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: Glowforge Rainbows (Teen)

A summer rainstorm always makes us think of rainbows! Your rainbow weaving kit will include a wooden rainbow that was laser cut on our Glowforge machine! Using yarn to wrap around the wooden rainbow, you'll create a fun project to hang in your room.
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