The Great Bend Library’s Summer Library Program Friday will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, with a Community Luau on the library lawn. Staff will serve a free meal to the first 500 guests. The highlighted entertainer will be Brad Shores with Tropical Shores Steel Drums.
During the two-hour event, the library will offer hula dance demonstrations and lessons for those who want to learn. There will be a sand castle building contest, limbo, crafts, yard games and snow cones, as well as prizes. Everyone can register for the Summer Library Program.
There will be limited seating on the lawn so people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
At 7 p.m., the kickoff will move inside and the library will show the family movie “Muana.” Everyone is invited to come and sing along and relax with free popcorn.
The schedule for the Summer Library Program is available at the library and on its website, greatbend.mykansaslibrary.org. Keep up with the most current activities on the Great Bend Public Library’s Facebook page.
Brad Shores has been playing the steel pan drum since 1986 and has since become the owner of Tropical Shores Productions based in Newton. He has performed over the years with numerous bands but most of the time with his own band, “Tropical Shores.”
Shores is the director of steel pan at Bethel College after a 30 career of teaching 5-12 instrumental music in Kansas. In 2016, he was selected the Kansas Music Teacher of the year. He is best known for his many arrangements, compositions and pan tunes series of play-along pan books. He is also a popular band clinician, marching band specialist, and band adjudicator in and around Kansas.