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Pollinator Party
Join The Great Plains Nature Center for a fun filled day featuring pollinators, including our state insect the honey bee, and enjoy fun pollinator crafts and activities.
Saturday, September 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St. N.
Secret Garden Writing Challenge
Sixth-12th grade writers will journey through the Secret Garden to write an original short story. Various plant-inspired challenges will push the writer's story forward to a grand conclusion. Writers who complete the challenge will be entered to win a flower garden kit and have the option to post their stories on the library website or blog.
Monday, September 30 - Friday, November 1, Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove
The Forbidden Forest Read-A-Thon
Courageous teens and adults are invited to journey through the Forbidden Forest in this month-long read-a-thon. Participants can pick up their reading log at the front desk or youth services desk and will have the month of October to complete 12 reading challenges. Readers who make it out of the Forbidden Forest will be entered to win one of two $50 Barnes and Noble gift cards.
October 1-31, Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove
Storytime with Sue
Join bookseller Sue for a storytime geared toward infants through preschool age children as they read and discuss Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson.
Tuesday, October 1, 10-10:45 a.m., Watermark Books & Café, 4701 E. Douglas
Labs Gone Wrong - Frankenstein
Join us as we have some fun exploring labs gone wrong in the movies. Snacks are provided.
Tuesday, October 1, Noon-2 p.m., Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove
Kanza Kids
Youth will discuss the Big Read companion books and trees in the local area. We will use one of the discovery boxes from Great Plains Natures Center to identify different trees and then make zipper pulls from tree cookies.
Wednesday, October 2, 4:30-5:30 p.m., McConnell AFB Youth Center
Craftaholics, Anonymous
Discuss the life and science of Hope Jahren and while making mason jar terrariums.
Friday, October 4, 6-8 p.m., McConnell AFB Library, 53476 Wichita St. Bldg. 412
Farm Bureau
Learn about strawberries and how they grow.
Saturday, October 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Clearwater Public Library, 109 E. Ross
Film: Madame Curie
Madame Curie is a film about the struggle of a talented woman, Marie Curie, to be accepted by the scientific community as she and her husband Pierre painstaking research and experiment with radium.
Saturday, October 5, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd
Storytime with Miss Becky
Join Miss Becky for a storytime geared toward children ages 4-8 as she reads and discusses Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson and Seeds of Change by Jen Johnson. Fun activity included!
Saturday, October 5, 10:30-11 a.m., Watermark Books & Café, 4701 E. Douglas
Film: Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures is the true, inspiring story of three African-American women mathematicians serving as the brains behind the NASA launch of John Glenn into space.
Saturday, October 5, 1-3 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd
Finding Your Story
Everyday occurrences are the basis for memoir and journal writing in this workshop presented by Aspen Black and Kerry Grombacher — experienced authors, editors, songwriters, and storytellers. Find inspiration in the sights, sounds, objects, people, and places you experience. Aspen and Kerry will give you tools to help you focus your attention on your surroundings and your history. They’ll help you find ways to express your thoughts and feelings through a combination of discussions and hands-on writing exercises. Registration is required, beginning August 1; call 261-8511 or register online.
Saturday, October 5, 1-3 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd
Preschool Story Time
Preschoolers will read the companion books to the Big Read and talk about plant science. Then, we will "draw" a plant using vegetables and other foods and then plant seeds to take home.
Tuesday, October 8, 10-11 a.m., McConnell AFB Library, 53476 Wichita St. Bldg. 412
Big Read DIY Fairy Lights
Come make fairy lights for your garden in this Teen Tuesday activity for teens in grades 6-12.
Tuesday, October 8, 4-5 p.m., Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove
Labs Gone Wrong - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Join us as we have some fun exploring labs gone wrong in the movies. Snacks are provided.
Tuesday, October 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove
Senior Wednesday: Scandinavian Music
In honor of the NEA Big Read: Wichita author’s Norwegian heritage, we will be celebrating the music, dance, and culture of the Norwegian people. Join us for a tribute to the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Wednesday, October 9, 2-3 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd
Tap the Magic Tree
Did you know talking about trees improves early literacy? Really — find out how, at this special storytime using crafts and activities based on Tap the Magic Tree, a companion book to the adult Big Read, Lab Girl.
Thursday, October 10, 10:30-11 a.m., Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas
Care for the Creation
Natural resources are not only vitally important to the economy of Kansas, they have contributed mightily to the quality of life for generations of Kansans. As these resources face unprecedented challenges, people of faith are leading efforts to advocate for what they call “creation care.” These faith communities are looking for common ground to respond to what they agree is a threat to the world that they believe God entrusted to them as stewards. This program will tell a diverse range of stories, geographically and religiously, about creation care in Kansas. Presented by Aaron Barnhart; Co-sponsored by Humanities Kansas.
Friday, October 11, 6-7 p.m., Clearwater Public Library, 109 E. Ross
Reign on the Garden Throne Murder Mystery
In the flower-inspired fantastical world of Natura, the Emperor on the Garden Throne reigns supreme while the kings and queens of the seven courts manage their realms. When the King of the Willow Court is assassinated, the land rages towards civil war. Who committed this act of betrayal and what secrets will bloom? Inspired by the worlds of George RR Martin, Terry Brooks, and Sarah J. Maas, this murder mystery will delight both fantasy and mystery fans!
Friday, October 11, 7-8:30 p.m., Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove
Science Fest
Engage in hands-on science activities and learn more about biology, horticulture, engineering, animal science, food science, technology and other STEM-related fields. This event for youth age 9+ and families is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension — Sedgwick County and Kansas State University.
Saturday, October 12, 1-5 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd
Family Night Story Time – Dirt
Join us as we explore dirt in a before-bedtime sharing of books and music followed by a family activity. Family Night is an evening story time designed for children age 3-7, but all ages are welcome.
Monday, October 14, 7-7:45 p.m., Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove
Labs Gone Wrong - The Fly
Join us as we have some fun exploring labs gone wrong in the movies. Snacks are provided.
Tuesday, October 15, Noon-2 p.m., Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove
Nature Journaling with Project-Based Learning
Naturalists from The Great Plains Nature Center will guide students through the journaling process while exploring Oak Park. After the field trip students will revise and publish their work. Not a public event.
Wednesday, October 16, 8 a.m.-3:10 p.m., Marshall Middle School & Oak Park
Mason Jar Fairy Lights
Join us as we create fairy lights for our gardens as part of the 2019 Big Read. This event is part of the Tween Zone program for kids in grades 3-5.
Wednesday, October 16, 4-5 p.m., Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove
Refuel 22
Youth will discuss the Big Read companion books and trees in the local area. We will use one of the discovery boxes from Great Plains Natures Center to identify different trees working with or base biologist.
Wednesday, October 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m., McConnell AFB Youth Center
Harold and his Honey Bees
Information coming soon.
Thursday, October 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Clearwater Public Library, 109 E. Ross
Harold and his Honey Bees
Information coming soon.
Thursday, October 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Clearwater Public Library, 109 E. Ross
3rd Thursday Book Club
We're reading Lab Girl at this regularly scheduled meeting of Newton Public Library's 3rd Thursday Book Club.
Thursday, October 17, 7-8 p.m., Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak
Leaf Art
Delight in the beauty of nature and get creative by making art with plants. Learn about different types of blossoms and leaves.
Friday, October 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian
Big Read Book Club
Kids ages 9-12 are invited to chat and share about the Big Read companion title The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. Explore the themes of the Big Read with the story of Calpurnia, a young girl living in Texas in 1899 with six brothers, a grandfather who gives her the gift of observing nature, and a mother who's determined to get Callie out of the mud and into a corset. Callie's misadventures in growing up will engage readers and inspire them to keep a close eye on what's growing in their own backyards! Books will be available for pickup at the Children's Pavilion desk starting September 15.
Monday, October 21, 2:30-4 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd
Big Read Book Discussion
Join us at the Warren Riverview Park to discuss this year's Big Read Book, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.
Monday, October 21, 7-8 p.m., The Lodge at Warren Riverview Park
Big Read Trees Story Time
A 40-minute early literacy program for children age 3-5. Join us as we explore trees through books, songs, and educational videos.
Tuesday, October 22, 10-10:45 a.m., Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove
Tuesday Topics: GMOs
What does it mean to be genetically modified vs. the traditional hybrid methods? What are the advantages and disadvantages of GMO and non-GMO methods? How does it affect our food? What are the effects on the environment? Join us as we hear from Dr. Harold Trick, Professor of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University and Gail Fuller, a farmer who changed from using GMO methods to non-GMO methods. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Bring a lunch or purchase one at Reverie Roasters at the Library. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro.
Tuesday, October 22, Noon-1 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd
Living Successfully with Bipolar and Other Mental Illness
Join us for a discussion about the challenge mental illness sets for those affected, how to manage it successfully and how family and friends can support those who face these issues. Co-sponsored by COMCARE.
Tuesday, October 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian
Labs Gone Wrong - Jurassic World
Join us as we have some fun exploring labs gone wrong in the movies. Snacks are provided.
Tuesday, October 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove
Big Read Trees Story Time
A 40-minute early literacy program for children age 3-5. Join us as we explore trees through books, songs, and educational videos.
Wednesday, October 23, 10-10:45 a.m., Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove
Harvest Time at the Farm
This program is part of Adventures @ the Library, a literacy based program for children in grades K-2.
Thursday, October 24, 4-5 p.m., Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove
Family ArtVenture: The Little Read
WAM celebrates literacy and the arts with special artmaking, games, and activities. Families are invited to attend this ArtVenture that brings the joy of reading and the arts together. Complimentary copies of Big Read youth companion book, You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Trees, will be given to families completing all ArtVenture activities (while very limited supplies last; one book per family).
Saturday, October 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
STEM Club
Youth will discuss the Big Read companion books and trees in the local area. We will use one of the discovery boxes from Great Plains Natures Center to identify different trees. The Library will collect seed pods and plants to explore.
Monday, October 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m., McConnell AFB Youth Center
Labs Gone Wrong - The Absent-Minded Professor
Join us as we have some fun exploring labs gone wrong in the movies. Snacks are provided.
Tuesday, October 29, Noon-2 p.m., Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove
Brown Bag Book Discussion
Bring a lunch and join us for a brown bag discussion of Lab Girl.
Wednesday, October 30, Noon-1:30 p.m., Andover Public Library, 1511 E. Central
Tap the Magic Tree Preschool Storytime
After reading Tap the Magic Tree, preschoolers can exercise their imaginations and get ready for reading with fun rhymes, songs, puppets, movement activities and stories. The 25 minute program is followed by a craft time that coordinates with the tree theme.
Wednesday, November 6, 10:30-11:20 a.m., Andover Public Library, 1511 E. Central
Tap the Magic Tree Preschool Storytime
After reading Tap the Magic Tree, preschoolers can exercise their imaginations and get ready for reading with fun rhymes, songs, puppets, movement activities and stories. The 25 minute program is followed by a craft time that coordinates with the tree theme.
Thursday, November 7, 1:30-2:20 p.m., Andover Public Library, 1511 E. Central
Big Read Book Discussion
Join us at the Warren Riverview Park to discuss this year's Big Read Book, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.
Saturday, November 9, 3-4 p.m., The Lodge at Warren Riverview Park
Library Gardening
Information coming soon.
Friday, November 22, 10-11 a.m., Clearwater Public Library, 109 E. Ross
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