Friday, July 31, 2009

Magic & Illusion at the Library

Lynn & Robert Halbrook presented a program including of magic and illusion using books to support the illusions he presented. He used Oragami books to show how to make a bird and a hat, he used magic books, to show how to learn about magic and he talked about Harry Potter, Series of Unfortunate Events, Cinderella and even had a lesson on growing seeds and many of the ways peanuts are used in our society today. One child chose a seed, the audience imagined rain, wind, and sunshine to make the seed grow. The seed started as a small flower but grew unto a very large bouquet. He pulled a bird out of an oragami egg and the bird transported into the future leaving a rabbit behind. The children were thrilled with the animal tricks and wanted to know how he did that!! After the show, the children were allowed to hold and pet the animals. Following is a short video of the children getting acquainted with the animals.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hat Days Parade

The library has been busy this summer with the Summer Reading Program, The Hat Days Parade, and The magician Robert Halbrook presenting his program "Imagineering at our Local Library". We also have an afternoon movie with free popcorn every Thursday. Everyone is welcome. Showing on this blog is a short clip of the Hat Days Parade. This is the first year the library has participated in the parade. It was a wonderful success with many children wearing costumes that represented ways to be creative including a magician (Alex Dainton), a dancer (Camille Dainton), a Fiber Artist (Abby Hanna), two Musicians (Zander Benz and BAiley Hintz), an Artist (Avery Lokken) and a Chef (Anna Henningsgaard). The Library flag was carried by Zach Duin and the Banner was carried by Leah Schmitt and Morgan Crowser. Other participants helping pass out bags with posters and information about the library were Maverick Maynard, Mitch Ehlenz, Kathie Behrens, Minday Maas and Bev Benz. The costumes, organization, signs, calling kids, and advertising was all put together by Assistant Librarian Mindy Maas.