Free Maker Camp offers creative fun for kids and families

We are halfway through a remarkable all-age, six-week program for kids and families that is taking place on Saturdays in July and August from 11 a.m. to noon. If children are under 10, we ask that an adult stay to assist with the project so that they may be successful.

Please register at so you can follow up on past activities and track future ones. You do not need to register with the library to participate in the Saturday events.

There are three more Saturdays in the program — Aug. 2, 9 and 16. Attendees join young inventors and artists from around the world on Google+ to make awesome projects, go on epic virtual field trips and meet the world’s coolest makers.

Maker Camp inspires youngsters ages 13-18 to embrace their inner maker, get their hands dirty, fix some things, break some things, and have a lot of fun doing it.

Kids younger than 13 can participate when using an adult’s Google account. Also, children have the option of participating at home during the week by following online with the projects they do live.

Your library participates in these Saturday sessions by hosting one of the projects that the Maker Camp provides online. There is a different theme each week, with the next three being Science and Technology, DIY Music and Make: Believe.

In addition to the all-age Saturday sessions, in August there will be a special live connection with the Maker Camp on Fridays at 9:45 a.m. beginning tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 1) to watch their field trips. These sessions are open only to teens entering the seventh through 12th grades.

For more information, please contact Trina Rivera at the library.

Book Sale donations

This Saturday, Aug. 2, is the deadline for donations to this summer’s annual Friends of the Library Book Sale that will take place Aug. 15-16 at Centerpoint Church. Most welcomed are children’s books, gently read fiction and nonfiction adult books and mass market paperbacks in excellent condition. Western- and Indian-related titles are also popular. As well, the Friends will be selling CDs, DVDs and audio books. Items not included in this sale are VHS tapes, cassettes, magazines, outdated medical books and encyclopedias.

You may want to take this opportunity to join the Friends because a membership gets you advance access to the book sale and a potluck dinner on Friday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. You can pay your membership at the library — cash or checks only, please. Annual dues are $15 for an individual, $25 for a family and $100 for an individual lifetime membership.

CPR training

There will be a CPR class for healthcare providers and bystanders on Monday, Aug. 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. Cost is $50 and participants will receive a two-year certification from the American Heart Association. Registration is required — 264-2209 or at the front desk at the library.

Program cancellations

Tween gamers was a Summer Reading Program, so it is over and will not continue in August. Dungeons and Dragons for teens has been canceled until further notice. As well, Wise Traditions has been indefinitely suspended.

Technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays.

A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Facebook basics for individuals, not businesses, on Wednesday, July 30, at 12:30 p.m.

Change in free movie program 

Starting tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 1) at 12:30 p.m. and every Friday in August except Aug. 29, we will show movies based on books that are suitable for adults and teens. No registration is required.

The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper. Pick up an adult programs calendar at the library to learn the movie names.

Teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m., we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon card battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.


“The Grand Circle Tour” by Michael Royea is a travel guide to the Ancestral Puebloan sites in the American Southwest. “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez” by Miriam Lawel is the biography of this farmworkers’ union leader. “Pilgrim’s Wilderness” by Tom Kizzia is the story of a homesteading family in the Alaskan wilderness led by a maniacal patriarch. “Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants” by Christopher Nyerges helps you forage for edible, useful and medicinal plants. “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce” by Bob Stanley is an encyclopedic history of pop music presented in short, eminently readable chapters. “Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight” by Jay Barbree documents 50 years of conversations with history’s most famous space traveler. “The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee” by Marja Mills tells the story of one of America’s most secretive authors and her sister. “The Guide to Freshwater Fishing/second edition” by Mike Seymour offers practical advice for novice and seasoned anglers alike. “The New Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook” by Ellen Brown provides more than 150 recipes using your cast iron pan.

Large print

“City of Jasmine” by Deanna Raybourne is a romantic mystery set in Damascus. “Terminal City” is a thriller by Linda Fairstein set in New York City. “The Marriage Pact” by Linda Lael Miller is the first book in a new cowboy romance series. “Catnapped” by Elaine Viets is the latest in the Dead-End Job mystery series. “Eden in Winter” by Richard North Patterson is a mystery set in Martha’s Vineyard. “Act of War” by Brad Thor is a thriller following a CIA agent who disappears.


“Disney Don Knotts” is a four-movie collection. “Pollyanna” is also a Disney movie, starring Haley Mills. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars Dick Van Dyke. “The Parent Trap” is a two-movie Disney collection.


“War of the Roses: Stormbird” is the first book in this new historical series. “The City” by Dean Koontz follows a young musical prodigy. “Half a King” by Joe Ambercrombie is a coming-of-age tale set in an imagined world. “Cut and Thrust” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington series.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Butcher” by Jennifer Hillier is a thriller set in Seattle. “Shots Fired” by C.J. Box is a collection of stories from Joe Pickett’s Wyoming. “The Book of Life” by Deborah Harkness is the concluding book of to the paranormal fantasy All Souls trilogy.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Harry DeYoung, Stephen Haning, Mike Johnson, Marian Leonard, Ming and Tom Steen, plus several anonymous donors.

Quotable quote

“Pretend to be completely in control and people will assume that you are.”

— Steve Jobs (1955-2011), American entrepreneur, inventor and co-founder of Apple Inc.


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This story was posted on July 31, 2014.