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Grab some books for Labor Day weekend
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Greetings from the Great Bend Public Library! Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone. The library will be closed Monday, September 7, in observance of this holiday. We will resume our current hours on Tuesday. For those of you looking for a good book to enjoy over the long weekend, we have gotten a lot of new books recently. When you come, in take a look at our new bookshelf located near the entrance. You may just find the perfect companion to your Labor Day weekend. 

Staying in and looking for a book that will keep you busy over the break? Why not check out one of our many new crochet and knitting books? Whether you are a total beginner or an advanced crafter, you are sure to find something adorable to make over the weekend. “Harry Potter: Knitting Magic” will help you bring to life adorable Hedwig and Slytherin scarves or maybe have you starting a Gryffindor sweater for the upcoming season. Whatever you choose to make I’m sure this book will have you spellbound with its knitting patterns.

Looking to make something for a little one in your life? Why not check out “Fairytale Blankets to Crochet”? These easy-to-make blankets, with themes ranging from dragons to lions, will make an adorable gift for any little one. They all have hoods and have pockets for little hands, so the wearer can really become the character while staying warm and cozy.

If a tiny coffee cup and some little crochet donuts to match are more your speed, then you may want to check out our new book, “Whimsical Stitches.” This book is full of adorable little projects, ranging from animals to food to flowers, all made using the technique known as amigurumi, a Japanese style of crocheting to make small, stuffed creatures that are beyond adorable.

Perhaps you’re looking to read something exciting this weekend, something that seems too crazy to be true, in that case, I would recommend checking out our new book, “Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides, and the Untold Story of America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park,” an account that truly embodies the old adage “truth is stranger than fiction.” Picture it: New Jersey, 1978, a new theme park opens called Action Park. You’ve heard this park is a thrill-seeker’s paradise. It even features one of the first modern American water parks! You pack up your family for what you think will be a fun day at this new theme park, only to find when you get there it’s a nightmare. The rides are poorly designed and dangerous. The majority of the staff is intoxicated teens. You see guests being taken away in ambulances. A man has gotten stuck in the looping waterslide again, and someone has drowned in the wave pool, making that the second one today! This is the story of a park that, against all odds, actually existed. Its attractions were responsible for the deaths of at least six people and countless major injuries, until the park finally closed in 1996, thus earning it the label  “Accident Park.” This is truly a book you have to read to believe. 

There has been a misprint in the paper: we will not be hosting a movie today at the library. We apologize for any confusion. Have a great Labor Day weekend! For library information or questions, please visit our Facebook page or website You can also message us on Facebook or email us at

Hannah Grippin is the outreach and marketing manager for the Great Bend Public Library.