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Coding is child's play
Puppet theatre brings ‘stars’ to library
In this photo, 9-year-old Addy Moore is the rover and 9-year-old Tyler Scheuerman, at right, is the controller. - photo by Susan Thacker

Children learned about coding by playing a game Monday morning at the Great Bend Public Library. This year’s summer library theme is “A Universe of Stories,” with a space theme. Some took turns playing the role of a space rover on Mars programmed to avoid obstacles and pick up rocks. Others to the role of a coder from mission control, giving detailed instructions such as “take two steps forward and turn left” Children also made their own model rovers to take home.

StoneLion Puppet Theatre will present ‘Starry Starry Night,” Saturday morning at the Great Bend Public Library.

The Great Bend Public Library will continue its space-themed summer reading program with the popular StoneLion Puppet Theatre presenting “Starry Starry Night.” This free show is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at the library. 

“The program is geared for pre-K to fourth grade, but will be fun entertainment for all ages. No registration or library account is necessary to attend,” said Michael Adamyk, head of marketing and technical services manager at the library.

StoneLion Puppet Theatre is based in Kansas City and performs regularly at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

During this 25-minute show, the audience will hear simple astronomy and constellation stories with wacky “Professor Van Gogo.” They will explore the moon, the stars and more with music, madcap mayhem and audience participation. Discover what a star is (including our sun) and learn constellations such as Cygnus the Swan and Draco the Dragon in this highly original production hand puppet show.

More programs

Students in grades 6-12 can participate in the Parachute Egg-Drop Challenge from 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Educational group Mad Science will present “Walking on the Moon” at 2 p.m. Wednesday.