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Star Trek Day, then the eclipse
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Hannah Grippin
Hannah Grippin

Greetings from the Great Bend Public Library! Thursdays are always so busy at the library and today is no exception so let’s get straight into today’s events. 

In addition to our normal Thursday lineup of Genealogy Corner at 11 a.m. and reading to Luna at 4 p.m., tonight we have Delicious Dishes with Lisa at 6 p.m. and Film Club at 7 p.m. 

Stop by to learn an easy but always tasty new dish from our resident chief Ms. Lisa, then stick around for an evening movie. This month we will be watching the new seven-time Oscar-winning Christopher Nolan film based on the life of Robert Oppenheimer. We will have an intermission during this movie due to its length and although there will be no discussion this time. There will be lots of free popcorn. 

Friday is Star Trek Day! April 5th, 2063, in the Star Trek universe marks the historical moment that humans had their first contact with Vulcans, opening up the whole universe to humanity. 

To celebrate this historical day to come we will be having a whole day of fun celebrating this iconic series. Dress in your Star Fleet finest and stop by for some Trek-themed food, crafts, and fun activities. While we will have fun activities all day long, we will have a special event from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for attendees to make Star Trek insignia out of Perler beads. Then that evening at 7 p.m., adults can join us for a movie, featuring Captin Picard and his crew as they travel back in time to stop the Borg and ensure first contact. I hope they succeed or we won’t have anything to celebrate for Star Trek Day!

Sticking with the space theme Monday, April 8th is the solar eclipse. We will be handing out glasses and will have some other tools to measure and observe the eclipse. Stop by starting at 1 p.m. and get ready to observe the solar eclipse with us on the library front lawn. Then later that afternoon at 4 p.m. we will be having a Movie Monday special screening for our teens. This time we follow a quirky, dysfunctional family’s road trip across with USA until it is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity’s unlikeliest last hope.

Thursday teens get ready for Builders Assemble at 4 p.m., where they can compete to see who can make the tallest spaghetti towers and the longest paper chains in our building challenges. Then that evening the grown-ups can join us for a craft night just for them starting at 6 p.m. This time we will be making Etched Glass projects.

Hannah Grippin is outreach manager at the Great Bend Public Library. To see what else we’re up to at the library, visit our Facebook page and our website, You can also message us on Facebook, email us at, or give us a call at 620-792-2409 for any questions about our programming or services.