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'Tarzan' and other adventures coming to the library
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Greetings from the Great Bend Public Library! We have a special event for all ages next week: Brett Crandall Studios will be visiting the library to perform “Tarzan of the Apes!” You’ll be swept away to the jungles of Africa, where the legendary Tarzan lives among his animal friends ... and his enemies. Enjoy the story as you watch the actors and puppets work together with help from the audience.

Some of you may remember Brett and his team from his past performances here at the library, which included classics such as “A Christmas Carol,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and last year’s “Peter Pan.” He and his team always put on a magical show with a mixture of live action and puppetry. We are thrilled to have them back again this year, so be sure not to miss “Tarzan of the Apes” Wednesday, June 23, at 2 p.m.

Coming up next week, bring your children ages 0-7 to our weekly Story Time at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 22. Later that day, teens grades 6-12 and adults age 18 and up can join us after hours at 7 p.m. for some casual games of “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.” Battle against other attendees as your favorite Nintendo characters for the number one spot! Our front doors will be open from 6:55 p.m. to 7:05 p.m.

Before the Brett Crandall Studios’ performance at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, find your way to the central area of the library’s main floor at 10:30 a.m. to enjoy some popcorn and a documentary movie about Africa and all the amazing animals there. 

On Thursday, June 24, children grades K-5 can join us on our Around the World Adventure at 10:30 a.m. This week’s focus is on the people, traditions, and animals of Africa. Later that evening, we have a special Teen Manga and Anime Club meeting, where attendees will get to interview popular Webtoon “Suitor Armor” author Purpah! Teens can bring questions about the industry and anything else you want to know about becoming a graphic novel illustrator. We will also be watching the first episode of “Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun,” an anime about a teen who has a secret career as a mangaka. Copies of the first volume of the manga version are currently available for pickup at the front desk.

Lastly, we have our Family Movie Night on Friday, June 25, starting at 8:30 p.m. On the library’s front lawn, we will enjoy a night under the stars with popcorn, water, and a fun, family movie. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs for a comfortable watching experience. Reservations are required for this event, as there are a limited number of tickets. Please pick up a ticket at the Children’s circulation desk.

Hannah Grippin is the outreach manager at the Great Bend Public Library. Keep an eye on the GBPL Facebook page and the website,, for upcoming programs and updates. Readers can also message staff on Facebook, send email to, or call 620-792-2409.