Summer Activity Guide: Libraries

04/10/2013 10:02 AM

08/06/2014 12:52 AM

Library events are free. Registration may be required and usually starts two weeks before the event. Call the hosting branch for details and registration.

Wichita Central Library

223 S. Main


Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 316-337-9119

Comotara Branch Library , 2244 N. Rock, 316-688-9350

Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 316-303-8181

Linwood Branch Library, 1901 S. Kansas, 316-337-9125

Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st St., 316-688-9580

Orchard Park Branch Library, 4808 W. Ninth St., 316-337-9084

Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. Ninth St., 316-688-9361

Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 316-337-9456

Make & Take Craft: See-Through Seeds, watch seeds grow inside a CD case. Ages 4-10. 1 p.m. June 4, Evergreen and Maya Angelou Northeast.

Preschool Storytime, stories, fingerplays and more. Ages 3-6. 10:30-11 a.m. Mondays June 10-July 22 at Alford; Tuesdays June 4-July 30 at Central; Tuesdays June 11-July 16 at Westlink; Wednesdays June 5-July 17 at Evergreen (English and Spanish) and Rockwell; 11:30 a.m.-noon Fridays June 14-July 26 at Linwood.

Tinkering Tuesdays for Teens, mentors from MakeICT will guide teens in making electric origami, robot creations and a magnetic obstacle course. 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays June 4-July 23. Ages 12-17. Central.

Adventure Seekers, friendship building, activities, take-home project and story. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 5-July 24. Ages 9-12. Central.

Doppelganger Ice Cream Social, find your (almost) identical twin through a game show and make your own original flavor of homemade ice cream. 2:30 p.m. June 5. Ages 12-17. Orchard Park.

Nursery Rhyme Time, music, rhymes, activities and stories. Age 2 and under. 10:30-10:55 a.m. Tuesdays June 4-July 23 at Rockwell, Wednesdays and Fridays June 5-July 24 at Central, Thursdays and Fridays June 13-July 26 at Westlink.

Puzzles from the Past, examine archeological features of a Wichita grass house through reproduction artifacts and photographs, learn how to date objects. Ages 12-17. 2:30 p.m. June 5 at Evergreen; 2:30 p.m. June 26 at Maya Angelou Northeast; 2:30 p.m. July 9 at Linwood; 2:30 p.m. July 11 at Alford.

Baby’s First Storytime, music, rhymes and stories for parental one-on-one time with babies. June 6-July 25. Ages birth-1. Central.

Can You Dig It? I Can Dig It!, Australian-wannabe Millard Knockbar (Kevin Homer) will appear with Matilda the six-foot ostrich puppet, Sheldon the magical turtle puppet, Coconuts the Spanish-speaking gorilla and Twinkie the rabbit. Ages 5 and up. 10:30 a.m. June 6 at Evergreen, 2:30 p.m. at Orchard Park; 10:30 a.m. June 7 at Rockwell, 2:30 p.m. at Maya Angelou Northeast.

Exploration Club, games, songs, stories. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays June 6-July 25. Ages 5-9. Central.

Fantastic Flicks, bring your own refreshments and enjoy a movie on the big screen. Ages 4 and up. 2:30 p.m. June 6 and July 9. Rockwell.

Horse Rescue: Speaking for Those Who Can’t, Greenwood Stables and Equine Center will share information about horse rescue followed by a chance to meet one of the horses. Ages 8 and up. 2:30 p.m. June 6 at Alford; July 16 at Orchard Park; July 23 at Linwood.

Saturday Storytime, stories and more. 10:30-11 a.m. Saturdays June 8-July 27. Ages 3-6. Central.

The Further Adventures of Jack’s Cow: A Puppet Show, using contemporary and vintage hand puppets, a story about finding one’s way home. 2:30 p.m. June 10. Ages 3-8. Linwood.

Toddle Time, stories, rhymes and motion activities. Age 2 with an adult helper. 10:30-10:50 a.m. Tuesdays June 11-23 at Alford, June 6-July 25 Thursdays at Rockwell.

Wiggly Worms, crafts, stories and games about worms. Ages 5-7. 2:30 p.m. June 11 at Evergreen, July 10 at Maya Angelou Northeast.

Shawn Reida “Dig Into Books Magic Show,” comedy, mind reading, levitation, live rabbit. 2:30 p.m. June 12. at Maya Angelou Northeast; 2:30 p.m. July 15 at Central.

Dig Deep: Exploring Archaeology, piece together objects from a dig, practice identifying fossils and learn what it takes to be an archaeologist. 2:30 p.m. June 12 Ages 7-11. Alford.

Family Storytime, interactive storytelling for children and their families. 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays, June 12-July 17. Ages 2-6 plus family members. Westlink.

Like an Egyptian, explore ancient Egyptian culture through games, art and a mummy challenge. 2:30 p.m. June 12. Ages 7-11. Alford.

Puppet Show: Tops and Bottoms, Bear learns a valuable lesson about laziness. 10:30 a.m. June 12. Ages 3-8. Rockwell.

Discoverers: Treasure by Land and Sea, join a band of pirates in the search for gold. 2:30 p.m. June 13. Ages 8-10. Westlink.

Indiana Bones: Buried Stories from the Past, tales of monsters and mummies, dinosaur teeth and crystal skulls. Ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m. June 13 at Evergreen and 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Central; 1 p.m. June 14 at Alford, 2:30 p.m. at Rockwell and 3:30 p.m. at Westlink.

Red Pyramid Book Party, trivia and activities based on the series by James Riordan. 2:30 p.m. June 13. Ages 12-17. Alford.

Career Exploration, certified scuba instructor answers questions about the job, gives talk on scuba diving. 2:30 p.m. June 17. Ages 12-17. Alford.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover: Dog Days of Summer, bring a stuffed puppy pal and join in on stories, songs and a sleepover at the library. 6:30 p.m. June 17. Ages 3-6 and families. Alford.

Hobbit Book Party, slip on some Hobbit feet and spell your name with Dwarf runes. 2:30 p.m. June 18. Ages 8-10. Evergreen.

Remixed Fashions, bring an old T-shirt and make something new out of it with graffiti, bleach and stencils. Ages 12-17. 2:30 p.m. June 18 at Rockwell, June 26 at Westlink.

Big Trucks!, stories, rhymes and crafts about big earthmovers. 10:30 a.m. June 19. Ages 3-6 with parents. Alford.

G2G Program, explore worms in compost, hear wormy stories, look at books about worms and eat “worms in dirt.” 5-6 p.m. June 19. Ages 5-10, parents welcome. Central.

Take Home Craft: Paper Plate Piglet, pick up a packet of materials while supplies last to make paper plate piglet at home. 11 a.m. June 19. Ages 4-10. Comotara.

Pirate Gold, play pirate games and search for treasure. 2:30 p.m. June 19. Ages 8-10. Orchard Park.

Explorers: Ants in Our Pants, an indoor picnic with insect friends. 2:30 p.m. June 20. Ages 6-7. Westlink.

Root in the Dirt, play games, make crafts and dig in the dirt while learning about things that grow underground. 2:30 p.m. June 20. Ages 5-7. Rockwell.

Diggy Down Dance Party, boogie with popular dance tunes geared toward young children. 10:30 a.m. June 24. Ages 1-5. Westlink.

Caves Rock, search for gold, make cave art, uncover the complex world underground. 2:30 p.m. June 25. Ages 7-10. Rockwell.

Family Pajama-rama Night, a family pajama party with books, songs, games, craft. 6:30 p.m. June 25. Ages 3 and up. Maya Angelou Northeast.

Gnome Sweet Gnome, add to Gnomad the Gnome’s travel book, create a gnome costume and craft a foam gnome. 2:30 p.m. June 25. Ages 6-10. Planeview.

Let’s Move!, activities, games, dancing. 10:30-11:15 a.m. June 26. Ages newborn-4 with adult. Central.

Hot-diggity, Dig In!, storyteller and puppeteer Priscilla Howe tells stories and sings songs about food. Ages 3-11. 2:30 p.m. June 26 at Linwood; 10:30 a.m. June 27 at Alford; 2:30 p.m. June 27 at Maya Angelou Northeast.

Discoverers: Mummy’s Tomb, journey through ancient Egypt by deciphering hieroglyphics, solving riddles and maybe encountering a mummy. 2:30 p.m. June 27. Ages 8-10. Westlink.

The Legend of Walter Weirdbeard: A Puppet Adventure, Captain Weirdbeard and crew tell stories to teach value of reading. Ages 6 and up. 10:30 a.m. June 27 at Evergreen, 2:30-3:15 p.m. at Central; 10:30 a.m. June 28 at Rockwell and 2:30 p.m. at Westlink.

Dig Deep with Dinosaur O’Dell, dig for delicious worms, swim in peanut butter and hike to an underground cave filled with fossils and dinosaurs, interactive show with characters, action, music and stories. Ages 3-11. 10:30 a.m. July 5 at Rockwell and 2:30 p.m. at Westlink.

Mad Science, Mad scientist investigates what is under the surface of the earth. Ages 7-11. 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 8 at Central; 2:30 p.m. at Evergreen.

Reader’s Theater, act out stories from our favorite books. Ages 7-11. 2:30 p.m. on July 8 at Alford; 2:30 p.m. July 18 at Linwood.

Jay and Leslie in Toss, Catch, Dig, Jay and Leslie toss and catch juggling equipment, have a game of baseball in mime and amaze with an invisible ball. Ages 4 and up. 6:30 p.m. July 9 at Alford; 10:30 a.m. July 12 at Rockwell and 2:30 p.m. at Westlink.

Noisy Badger, help noisy badger find the honey and make a marble maze. 2:30 p.m. July 9. Ages 5-7. Evergreen.

Dinosaur Dig!, learn about digging for dinosaurs, play dino games, hear a story and dig up a dinosaur fossil. 10:30 a.m. July 10. Ages 3-6. Alford.

Discover Dizzy Diggers, activities and games about animals and insects that live underground. 2:30 p.m. July 10. Ages 6-7. Orchard Park.

Puppet Show: Mysterious Egg, Fox finds an egg and decides to keep it until it hatches, but the egg ends up in someone else’s hands. 10:30 a.m. July 10. Ages 3-8. Rockwell.

Survivors Party!, learn about Erin Hunter’s book series “Survivors,” trivia, snacks. 2:30 p.m. July 10. Ages 7-11. Alford.

Explorers: The Neighburrows, learn more about our burrowing animal neighbors. 2:30 p.m. July 11. Ages 6-7. Westlink.

Potatoes and Chips, discover the origin of potato chips, vote for your favorite, grow a potato head, 2:30 p.m. July 16. Ages 8-10. Evergreen.

Puppet Shows, ages 3-8 with their families. 10:30 a.m. July 16 at Central; 2:30 p.m. July 18 at Central; 10:30 a.m. July 23 at Westlink; 10:30 a.m. July 24 at Evergreen and Westlink.

Take Home Craft: Bendable Monkey, pick up a packet of materials while supplies last to make a bendable monkey at home. 11 a.m. July 17. Ages 4-10. Comotara.

Discoverers: Mystery Play, watch a mystery unfold, look for clues, question suspects, solve the case. 2:30 p.m. July 18. Ages 8-10. Westlink.

The Bug Lady and Friends, learn about habitats, diets and facts about animals and insects. 2:30 p.m. July 18. Ages 6-10. Maya Angelou Northeast.

Walk Like an Egyptian, walk in the shoes of ancient Egyptians through activities and crafts. 2:30 p.m. July 18. Ages 8-11. Rockwell.

Red Pyramid Book Party, trivia and activities based on the series by James Riordan. 2:30 p.m. July 19. Ages 12-17. Evergreen.

Dinosaur Days, dinosaur-themed activities. July 23, 2:30 p.m. Ages 3-6. Rockwell.

Puppet Show: Squash Pie, a story about a farmer and his wife trying to protect their squash, based on the book by Mary Steele. 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. July 24. Ages 3-8 with families. Alford.

Worst Case Scenario Quiz Show and Prep Kit, test your survival skills, challenge your friends, assemble a survival kit for emergencies. Ages 12-17. 2:30 p.m. July 16 at Westlink; 2:30 p.m. July 24 at Rockwell.

Doo-Dad Mike Digs Rockin’ and Reading, Doo-Dad Mike engages audiences in creating songs and music. 2:30 p.m. July 25. Ages 3 and up. Evergreen.

Explorers: We’re Off to See the Wizard!, step onto the Yellow Brick Road and into the Land of Oz. 2:30 p.m. July 25 Ages 6-7. Westlink.

Sand Art, make cave drawings and other crafts from sand and clay. 2:30 p.m. July 25. Ages 12-17. Alford.

Derby Public Library

1600 E. Walnut Grove, Derby


For events, pre-register groups of 10 or more.

Dig into Reading – Read to Your Little One, summer reading program, online registration available. May 28-July 26. Ages birth-3.

Dig into Reading, summer reading program, online registration available. May 28-July 26. Ages 3-5th grade.

Dig into Reading – Beneath the Surface, summer reading program, online registration available. May 28-July 26. 6th-12th grade.

Heidi Swedburg - Family Sukey Jump Concert, sing and dance with Heidi Swedburg. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 30. All ages.

Richard Holmgren: Flying Debris Show, extreme juggling show with comedy, stunts, audience participation. June 4, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All ages.

Monty Harper - Dig into Reading Family Concert, sing-along concert with songs about gardening, dinosaurs, pirates and more. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 11. All ages.

Shawn Reida “Dig Into Books Magic Show,” comedy, mind reading, levitation, live rabbit. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 16.

Clement McCrae Puppets Show - “Puppets Can You Dig It,” a combination of marionette, hand puppets and other puppets variety show with an introduction and after-show demonstration. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 18. All ages.

Sugar Free AllStars - Rock and Roll Party, concert by high-energy funky organ/drum duo from Oklahoma City. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 25. All ages.

Matt Sandbank - Wild Goose Theater “Shadow Puppet Theater,” puppet show promoting literacy, the power of words and imagination in young people. 10:30 a.m. June 29. All ages.

Brandon Draper - Drum Safari, an interactive song and dance “safari” to meet African animals whose names are set to rhythm. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 9. All ages.

Jay and Leslie’s Laughing Matters - “Toss, Catch, Dig,” juggling tricks, wacky humor and new twists. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 11. All ages.

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