The Great Bend Public Library is once again holding Food for Fines to support the local food bank. From Dec. 2 until Jan. 4, bring in one non-perishable food item for every $1 in late fines on library materials. Food may be dropped off inside the library anytime during library hours.
Jennifer King, marketing director at the library, reminds patrons that the library will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24 and 25, and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
Here is a schedule of upcoming library programs:
• Teen Movie Mondays are at 4 p.m. and are open to students in grades 7-12.
• Teen Game Day runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
• Following the Home for the Holidays parade on Saturday, Nov. 30, the library will hold After Hours, starting at 6:30 p.m. The schedule includes Bingo at 6:30 and 7:30; scavenger hunt at 7; and crafts at 8. The holiday classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” will be playing all evening. The Friends of the Great Bend Public Library will also be holding a small book sale.
• Free movies and popcorn will offered on Friday, Dec. 6. The After-School Movie at 3:30 p.m. is “The Smurfs 2.” The Adults’ Night Out Movie, “Red 2,” will show at 7 p.m. for anyone 18 and older.
• A free computer class on online shopping starts at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Pre-registration required and can be done at the library or online. Registration closes 24 hours before the start of class. For more information visit the library’s website at greatbendpl.info or call 792-2409.
• The Food for Thought Book Club will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4. This month the club is reading children’s books. New or old, any book will do. This book club is open to anyone who wishes to participate.
• Donna Krug, Barton County Family & Consumer Science Agent, will be stopping by the Great Bend Public Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, to present on “Cooking Healthy for the Holidays.” With a little planning and a few simple changes, it is possible to enjoy great tasting holiday foods while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding weight gain this holiday season. This presentation will take place in the library’s Lower Level Meeting Room and is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
• Family Movie Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. From above the world of “Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty, a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. For evening movies, the library’s north doors open at 6:45 p.m. and close at 7:15.