Is your 5 year old starting kindergarten?

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kindergartenTo prepare your five year old for their first day of school, the Main Library has planned a special event for kindergarten-bound children. We believe that children should love and enjoy kindergarten and that this can be accomplished by providing gentle and fun learning experiences. Stories about kindergarten, songs and activities will get your child ready for their big day. Choose from two sessions: Tuesday, August 23 at 10:30 am or Wednesday, August 24 at 6:30 pm.  More here

Jams & preserving fruit & veggies

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16022182499_0dc40bc4ec_oLearn how to preserve summer’s fruit and vegetables at a free program at the South Side Branch on Saturday, August 20 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Discover how to can fruit and vegetables and make delicious jams.

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Global Street Photography

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50History30These are not the photos that you take on vacation abroad. Gary Mark Smith will show some of his street photographs from around the world at the Main Library on Monday, August 15 at 6:30 pm. Smith was raised in Bethlehem, but has since visited 75 countries and recorded everyday life on the most dangerous streets in the world. His travels have taken him to El Salvador and Nicaragua during the unrest of the 1980s, the collapse of communism in Europe and the Soviet Union, the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in 2001, and most recently, the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He will share stories about some of the photographs in his just-released book, GOMA: The Poetry of Everyday Life in the Most Miserable Place on Earth. His book will be available for sale.

13 Little Blue Envelopes

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13 lgUnusual travel plans make for a whirlwind adventure in this teen novel by Maureen Johnson. Bring a bag lunch for a book discussion on Thursday, August 11 at noon. We’ll supply the drinks and dessert (yum!). Teens in grades 6 to 12, only!

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Get in the game tonight!

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gamesstackwebOld fashioned fun tonight at the Main Library. Don’t miss the last Family Fun Night of the summer! Bring the kids and watch them make new friends!

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Teen Movie Night at Branch

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scary movie weblBring a friend, we will supply the refreshments for Teen Movie Night at the South Side Branch on Tuesday, August 9 at 6pm. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

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Block Party!

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girlblocks2Come to a Block Party on Friday, August 5 at 10:30 am. It is amazing that they are developing engineering skills as they build! Playing is learning! Ages 2 & up.

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Movie + snacks = happy teens!

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dreamstime_xs_65975332Drop in anytime between noon and 7pm on Thursday, July 28 at the Main Library. Free beverages, snacks and movie (Star Wars Trilogy). Bring your friends! (grades 6 to 12, only!)

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