Every Hero Has a Story was the theme of this year’s summer program at the Great Bend Public Library, and like every good book it had a great ending.
This year’s seven-week program drew more people then the previous year’s program. There were 4,003 people in attendance, with 281 children signed up for the summer program and 101,751 minutes read. The previous year’s program lasted 10 weeks, had 3,803 people in attendance, 152 children signed up, and 62,783 minutes read.
“As you can see, our numbers have largely increased,” Children’s Librarian Dayna Ball said. “This is something the Great Bend Community should be very proud of. The schools and parents are making an essential investment in the future, by promoting literacy in their children and by getting them involved in summer education and in the community.”
The library is expanding its after school programs with more movies, added story times and new programs called Maker Space and Baby and Me.
Maker Space is designed for children in grades 1-6. The program will feature science and art projects the children can participate in. The children’s department has also added a new story time for children 1-2 years of age called Baby and Me. This program will feature sensory exercises with books for the children.
The library has also added movies every Friday at 4 p.m.
All these programs will start on Sept. 1. The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day.
• Maker Space - 4 p.m. Mondays, for children in grades 1-6
• Baby and Me - 10 a.m. Tuesdays, for children ages 1-2
• Story time -11 a.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Fridays, for preschoolers 3 years of age to kindergarten
• After-school movie - 4 p.m. Fridays, for all ages
For more information about after school programs visit the Great Bend Public Library’s website at www.greatbendpl.info.