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Madcap Puppets Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Madcap Puppets always entertain with their GIANT puppets.  This year's show is called The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Travel down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, Toto, and their best friends; Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and Tin Man. Madcap brings this epic adventure to life with breathtaking puppets in an enchanting, family-friendly classic based on the beloved book by L. Frank Baum.  You can find all of Baum's Oz stories in the Kid Zone under J  BAU.  

Madcap Puppets presents The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 13, 2019
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

* IMPORTANT SEATING GUIDELINES *
Seating in the Library Theatre is restricted to 250 guests.  All guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis by library staff.  All parties must be present to be seated.  Saving seats is not allowed.  Please arrive early to ensure your spot!

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CSI: Pikachu Detective

Our second Summer STEAM event has been inspired by a recent theatrical release -- Pokémon Detective Pikachu -- and our love for using science to solve mysteries.  At CSI: Pikachu Detective on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 4 p.m., you'll learn about fingerprinting, how to make and read shoe prints, and how to make a secret code de-coder.  All of this knowledge will help you discover which Pokémon trainer stole a Pokémon from a training facility!  To be one of our CSI investigators, you must be 6-12 years old.  You also have to register online or by phone (444-7830) beginning 06/06.

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75th Anniversary of D-Day

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, an armada of 7,000 ships carrying 160,000 Allied troops stormed the Normandy beaches of Nazi-occupied France. Up until then the Allied forces had suffered serious defeats, yet D-Day, as the invasion was called, spelled the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany and the Third Reich.  June 6, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA is hosting “The Final Salute”: a gathering of veterans and the general public for reflection and remembrance – the story of ordinary people in extraordinary moments.  If you'd like to learn more about these moments, take a look at one of these books.

NONFICTION
D-Day: The WWII Invasion That Changed History by Deborah Hopkinson (2018)
The Split History of the D-Day Invasion by Michael Burgan (2018)
D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944 by Rick Atkinson (2015)
What Was D-Day? by Patricia Brennan Demuth (2015)

FICTION
I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis (2019)
Ranger in Time: D-Day: Battle on the Beach by Kate Messner (2018)

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Movers & Shakers in the Summer

Get groovy with Miss Alyssa and Miss Christine at the summer-sized spaced-out version of Movers & Shakers! This high-energy movement and music program is open to children of all ages. We’ll sing and dance to songs by our favorite children’s artists and engage in creative story exploration using voice characterization, movement and improvisation.  No registration is required.  Just mark your calendars, then follow the stars to a moving experience.

Movers & Shakers: “Space Bots”
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. 

Movers & Shakers: “Moon & Stars”
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. 

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Cosmic Comics

cosmic = relating to the universe, especially as distinct from the Earth
comics = medium used to express ideas through images, often combined with text or other visual information

Ok, now that we have those definitions out of the way . . . are you ready for Cosmic Comics on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 4 p.m.?   Friends (and foes) join you in galactic challenges inspired by our favorite graphic novel characters from space!  Our current faves are the CatStronauts series by Drew Brockington (J  BRO  GRAPHIC NOVEL) and the Star Scouts series by Mike Lawrence (J  LAW  GRAPHIC NOVEL).

Game #1 -⁠ Feed Waffles!
    Toss Food into this hungry CatStronaut’s mouth!

Game #2 -⁠ Robot Building Relay
    See how fast you can build your robot before it gets destroyed again!

Game #3 -⁠ Defeat the Evil Robot
    Defeat an evil robot, piece by piece, and help the Star Scouts complete their mission.

Craft #1 - Build a Jet Pack

Craft #2 - Build an alien spaceship (complete with alien!)

And snacks . . . because, food.  

This event is for 6-12 years olds.  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830) beginning 05/30.

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Animal Tales on the Plaza

Our first week of Summer Reading shows is actually taking place on the Library Plaza stage rather than in our Library Theatre.  Why?  Our first show is Animal Tales presents Creatures of the GalaxyIt will feature a variety of exotic animals from all around the world that can also be found throughout the cosmos in constellations.  This is a live-animal show, and the Plaza will enable the audience to get a much better view of these cosmic critters.   Show days and times will be the same as usual, but seating guidelines will be different from the Library Theatre.  We will try to find space for as many people as possible. The Plaza is located on the walk-on floor of the library. Follow the granite hallway to the left of the check-out desk. When you reach a break in the bookcases, turn right. The Plaza is also home to our East 59 café and the Friends' Bookstore.

Animal Tales presents Creatures of the Galaxy
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 10:30 am, 2 pm & 6:30 pm
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 10:30 am & 2 pm
Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 10:30 am & 2 pm 

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Story Constellation

This year's summer storytime series is Story Constellation.  Beginning June 3rd, we'll meet Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.  to see what stories we can find in the stars.  Miss Katie Jane (that's me!) will be joined by a different storyteller each week.  We'll get a chance to show off our twinkle skills, stretch to an epic Star Wars soundtrack, and dance under the stars.   You'll receive a special Star Map each week to help you keep learning about space and your space in it.  The storytimes are designed for children under four, but older kids are more than welcome to join us.  Mark your calendars for these dates.

June 3, 2019 = Starring Pig & Cow! (& Miss Anna Beth!)
June 10, 2019 = Starring Bear & Wolf! (& Miss Traci!)
June 17, 2019 = Starring Dad & Grandma! (& Mr Justin!)
June 24, 2019 = Starring Cat & Mouse! (& Miss Alyssa!)
July 1, 2019 = Starring Stars & Stripes! (& Miss Emma!)
July 8, 2019 = Starring Alien & Robot! (& Miss Lindsay!)
July 15, 2019 = Starring Me & You! (& Miss Polly!)

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NOT Taco Tuesday

You've heard of Taco Tuesday, right?  Well, this isn't that.  For one thing, it's not on a Tuesday.  For another, it's more than just tasty tacos.  The Teen Spot is hosting Tacos and Trivia on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  You'll get to show off your trivia skills (or lack of skills) while you eat free tacos.  We'll meet in the Youth Program Room, which is at the end of the starred hallway in the Kid Zone.  But this is not for kids.  It's for teens, grades 7-12.  Oh, and you can't just show up.  Give us a heads up.  That way we won't run out of tacos.  Because that would be a taco tragedy.  Sign up online beginning 05/27.  That's Memorial Day, so the library won't be open.  If you need to call to register, you can do that beginning 05/28.

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A Whole New World

The original animated classic Aladdin came out in 1992, when I was 12 years old.  Did I become obsessed?  Yes.  Did I drive everyone crazy singing the songs?  No.  But only because EVERYBODY was doing the same thing.  (In fact, my school's choral program performed a very popular medley of tunes from the movie.  There was a pretty stiff competition over who would get to sing the two solos in A Whole New World.)  There were also tons of folks trying to out-quote each other using the genie's lines.  Robin Williams -- what a genius!

Now, the live-action remake Aladdin is hitting the big screen.  I'm excited . . . and also terrified.  When you love something so much, especially if it played a huge role in your youth, it's hard to see it changed in any way.  You may see it before I do.  Summer Reading, as I'm sure you can imagine, is a busy time for me.  Let me know what you think.  That way I'll be One Jump Ahead.

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Rocket Science & Laser Tag

Summer Reading programming begins the first week of June.  And registration begins this week for two awesome experiences: one for kids and one for teens.

Summer STEAM: The Science Lady presents Rocket Science
Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 4 pm

Jan Mattingly, our favorite local scientist, is back for demonstrations and hands-on experiments that explore aerospace engineering.  Kids 6-12 years old can register online or by phone (444-7830) beginning 05/23.

Battle Royale Laser Tag
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 7 pm

This after-hours event turns the library into a Fortnite laser tag arena.  And, yes, there will be pizza.  Teens ages 12-18 can register online or by phone (444-7826) beginning 05/24.  All teens must bring a signed waiver to participate.

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