Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Funday Mondays and some other great events

Can the summer really be half over already? With the 4th of July less than a week away, apparently it is! Between our Funday Mondays, an astronaut encounter, and "Give Me Summer, Give Me Books BINGO" the time has flown by--but summer isn't over yet, and there's still a lot of fun to come at Chapters!

Here's a quick recap of our June events and a look ahead to what's coming for the rest of the summer. For more photos, visit our Facebook page,

We started our Funday Mondays with a "Give Me Summer, Give Me Books BINGO" Kickoff party. We played summer bingo, made book bags from pillowcases and t-shirts, and got everyone started on their reading BINGO cards. (Have you picked yours up yet? You still have time!)

Our second Funday Monday was for the grown ups (and Kennedy). Rachel led two Zentangle workshops, one for beginners and one for the more advanced Zentanglers among us. If you missed this relaxing event and are interested in learning about the art of Zentangle, let me know. Rachel has offered to do another session later this summer or in the fall.

 It wasn't a Monday, but Saturday June 11 was still a fun day, as Nebraska's astronaut Clayton Anderson presented about his journey to becoming the "Ordinary Spaceman," inspired kids, and signed copies of his book at the Seward Memorial Library. What made the day even more special was that our own Ted Kooser was present at the event. Clayton took a copy of Ted's Delights and Shadows to space, and both are "Distinguished Alumni" at Iowa State University, so it was great that they had the opportunity to meet. 

June ended with a Dog Day Fun Day and a Creativity Kids Craft Day. The Daywitt family brought their lab puppies, and Dr. Dan Ellis and his dog Harvey shared pet care and safety tips before we made dog treats and toys to donate to Blue River Pet Rescue's foster dogs. Then, just days ago, we spent this Monday afternoon creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces out of everything from feathers to marshmallows.

As July approaches, we're gearing up for a visit with author Stephanie Grace Whitson on July 4th--two visits, actually, one at 10:00 a.m. and another at 1:00 p.m. Stephanie's new book, Messenger by Moonlight is about the Pony Express, and she'll share fascinating facts about her research for the book.

July's Funday Mondays include a Laugh Out Loud Stories Day (July 11) and, the one we've all been waiting for, Cola Fountains and Splattering Paint Bombs and Other Messy Science on July 18, as well as Teacher Appreciation Day July 25.

Rounding out July is a new Harry Potter book, and yes, we're having a Midnight Release Party. It will be July 30, beginning at 11:30 p.m. and ending at 12:30 a.m. July 31. We'll also be open July 31 from 8-9:00 a.m. and from 12:00-2:00 p.m. for those who can wait a few hours for their new Harry Potter fix.
And, last but not least for the summer, don't miss Curious George at the Seward County Fair on Friday, August 12 at 1:00 p.m. It's his 75th birthday, so expect a treat, as well as a chance to meet George and read some fun stories.

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