Summer doings at Kennett Library

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The community mural at the Kennett Library.

Kennett Library is ready for summer. June, July, and August are filled with programs and events centered around Summer Reading, inspired by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) programming.

Chris Manna, Executive Director, said, “Our summer is filled with a mix of returning favorites and new experiences. Whether you explore the makerspace, join a book group, or bring your lunch on the terrace, the Kennett Library has your summer filled with enjoyment.”

At a glance, the auditorium will feature Monday Movie Nights hosted by the Friends of Kennett Library, The Amazing Spaghetti Magician, Family Stages Presents: Jack &The Beanstalk, and author PJ Piccirillo.

 Makerspace programs include a variety of hands-on learning and workshops. There are several programs on how to use the Makerspace, make-and-take programs using the laser engraver and 3D printer, tutorials on video editing and podcasting, and more.

Art Exhibits will include Drexel University's Graduate Program of Digital Media for Plumes and Pixels, art inspired by a Victorian hat. This display will host its opening at the Kennett Library on June 11 at 6 pm.

Kennett Library’s very own Lou Florence will have their show, NFV: Not Very Far, on Thursday, August 1st, at 5 pm in the Art Gallery. Lou finds inspiration in the unusual spaces where nature contends with human structures.

Other arts-related programs include fiber arts groups like the Knit Knook, crocheting classes, and the finale of Where Do Old Books Go.

Live Better, the library’s health awareness initiative offers several programs on education and resources about substance use disorder. This summer, Live Better has also partnered with the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre, Inc., to provide free basic American Sign Language (ASL classes).

Special events include a month full of Juneteenth Celebrations, from lantern-making workshops to author talks to an African Marketplace. Kennett Library has been part of the Kennett Square Juneteenth Planning Committee this year and is proud to support these efforts.

Children's programming is entering uncharted territory and going where no Kennett Librarian has gone before. Our Children’s Librarian, John Hendrix, has planned several themed weeks to inspire summer reading this year. These include Space Week, Theatre Week, Sports Week, Lego Week, and Wild Robot Book Club. Be sure to downloadBeanstack to start tracking your reading to earn digital badges and prizes!

Other programs include the Data Detectives Club, a science-inspired program that challenges children to explore the history and behaviors of pandemics, Do You Really Want A Pet, a program that helps children explore the responsibility of caring for an animal, and join local author Chris Mahoney for an educational program, Clarence Carrot, to help children learn healthy food habits.  Of course, the favorites are returning: Toddler Music, Storytime, PAWS for Kids, and others.

John Hendrix, Children’s Librarian, said, “School is out, and summer is in at the Kennett Library! Explore the world of sports, theatre, lego, and space during this year's summer reading program. Participants can earn badges and prizes for reading this summer.”

The Kennett Library strives to offer a little something for everyone, and this is just a brief overview of what’s to come this season. To learn more about these programs and more, please stop by the library and pick up our programs and happenings magazine From The Desk of Alice or visit the online programs calendar.


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