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Women's rights re-enactor coming to town
Alice Paul actress
Irene Nielsen as Alice Paul

Greetings from the Great Bend Public Library!  Join us at the band shell in the Barton County Courthouse Square at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 29, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Irene Nielsen, a first-person performer from Historical Echoes, takes on the role of Alice Paul to tell her story of bringing about women’s suffrage in the United States. Watch this interactive presentation and learn about the long road to the 19th Amendment, followed by a question and discussion session. Please bring your own chairs to practice social distancing, and please wear your mask while in attendance to protect your neighbors and yourself during these uncertain times.

Follow us on Twitter to play along in our ongoing murder mystery! We need your help to figure out who has been “painting the roses red” in Wonderland. If you think your detective skills are up to snuff, please assist us in solving the case, before any more heads roll. To catch up on everything that has happened so far, find us through our handle @greatbendpl1 and click on our pinned tweet. After that, click “show this thread” to see all of the murder mystery posts in order.

Since the school year is starting soon, we wanted to remind everyone of our current hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Sunday we are closed. 

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Story by Hayley Huddleston, the teen services director for the Great Bend Public Library.