Library taking walk on midieval side
This summer, the Tonganoxie Public Library will be a magical place, as young library patrons participate in the annual summer reading program.
This year's theme for children through sixth grade is "Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds." And older students will be challenged to "Joust Read."
Registration is slated for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and actors from the Kansas City Renaissance Festival will attend, entertaining the crowd, according to library director Sharon Moreland.
Programs for children, pre-school to sixth grade, will be at 10 a.m. every Thursday, starting June 9, with storyteller Rosie Cutrer's program "Queens, Kings and Long Nosed Things." The wrap-up party will be at the Tonganoxie City Pool from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 29.
¢ During June, the Tonganoxie Public Library will forgive fines for overdue materials -- as long as people bring in donations for the Alliance Against Family Violence or the Good Shepherd's food pantry.
¢ According to library director Sharon Moreland, $1 in fines will be forgiven for each item donated.
¢ Donations for the pantry should be unopened and undamaged nonperishable food items, such as spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, cereal, rice, and juice.
¢ Suggested donations for the shelters include: toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, children's shampoo, deodorant, large onesies, baby items, size 5 diapers, pull ups, baby wipes, Clorox wipes, paper towels, bleach, Cascade brand dishwashing powder, liquid dish soap, window cleaner, dusting spray, dish cloths, towels, and hand towels.
Programs for teens, seventh to twelfth grade, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesdays, starting June 7 when the library will be illuminated by changing the front windows into stained glass works of art.
Other art projects, a field trip to Vintage Soap and Bath to see how soap is made and a movie "knight" are scheduled for the young adults. The library is working with the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission to sponsor a joint Teen Cafe and Summer Reading "Float in the Moat" wrap-up pool party from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 30.
A complete calendar of events for both sessions of the summer reading program is available at the library or on the library's Web site: www.tonganoxielibrary.org. Or call Moreland at the library, (913) 845-3281 or send her an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.