For the last few years, we’ve partnered with the James A. Garfield National Historic Site to discuss the major battles, leaders and legacies of the Civil War.
Now we’ll talk about how it began.
We’re focusing on Fort Sumter during a free talk at noon on Wednesday, April 12, at our Main Branch. The speakers with be experts from the national park.
The program is part of National Library Week, our week-long celebration of libraries. It will be headlined by a free reading and Q & A with award-winning author Thrity Umrigar on Saturday, April 15.
We’ll also have programs about:
- the return of our Rock the Mic Club at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 10, at our Main Branch. Kids can come and practice speaking in front of their peers by telling jokes, playing an instrument, singing, performing a monologue, or even preparing for a school report. This club will build self-esteem and confidence while having fun.
- backward art and mysterious messages at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 10, at our Lake Branch. Kids will learn neat ways to sneak secret messages into their artwork.
- what life was like for veterans when they returned from war at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10, at our Main Branch. The speakers will be WWII veteran Bob Zonneville—the recipient of two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart—and local historian Thom Matowitz, who literally wrote the book on Mentor.
- engineering. Our STEAM kids will have hands-on fun while learning the tenets of engineering at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, at our Main Branch.
- Fort Sumter. Learn about the beginning of the Civil War with experts from James A. Garfield National Historic Site at noon on Wednesday, April 12, at our Main Branch.
- learning about energy. Kids and adults can ride the NOPEC Energy Bike from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at our Main Branch. It’s a fun way to learn about conservation and what it takes to generate power.
- crafting. Join our Pinterest Craft Night at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, at our Main Branch. We’ll provide the supplies. You need only bring your imagination.
Kids will also have a chance to hone their storytelling skills with our Wordplay Writing Club on Wednesday. Then, they can combine two of our favorite things during our Books & Yoga story time on Thursday.