Library offers creative outlet for summer vacation
Just because the school year is over, doesn’t mean students put away their desire to learn and be creative.
The Johnson County Library’s De Soto branch announced a line-up of fun-filled activities for youths to participate this summer.
Janine Meyers, information specialist for the branch, said this year’s programs focus on being creative.
“We’re going for more hands-on activities, as opposed to presentations,” she said. “We’ve got more emphasis to stir creative juices.”
The theme for fifth grade and under is “be creative.” For sixth-graders and up the theme is “express yourself.”
Programs this summer include a ‘Create the book of De Soto.”
The ongoing program allows children to submit their stories and illustrations to a short story notebook, displayed for everyone to read.
Another collective program is an art gallery. Youngsters can bring in any piece of two-dimensional artwork to be displayed on bulletin boards throughout the library.
Many ongoing programs began Tuesday, but Meyers said no submissions to the gallery or book have been made.
DE SOTO BOOK GROUP
First Wednesday of the month
Various books are discussed during meetings on the first Wednesday each month at 1p.m. at Mr. Goodcents off K-10 and Lexington Ave.
June 3- “Murder Inside the Beltway,” by Margaret Truman.
May 1 - Sept. 15
A literary teen magazine published to represent young adults. Issue NO. 7’s thematic question will be “What do you believe in?” or “What are your core beliefs?”
Submissions may be poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic stories and illustrations. Submissions must be original work and must be accompanied by a submission form. Forms are available at the Library and on the www.JoCoTeenScene.org Web page. Anyone ages 12-20 can submit.
CREATE THE BOOK OF DESOTO
May 26 - Aug. 1
Community youngsters are asked to write and illustrate a book for the Summer Reading Club and bring to the library’s desk to share with others what they write or illustrate. Submitted works will be put it in a protective sheet and added the summer short story notebook, which will be on display for everyone to read. Through age 18. No registration required.
THE DESOTO ART GALLERY
May 26 - Aug. 1
The De Soto branch is turning its bulletin boards into an art gallery for the Summer Reading Club. Youngsters with two-dimensional art they’d like to share give it staff for display wall. The work can be attached to backing if the children are worried about staple holes. Through age 18. No registration required.
We’ve Got a Wii
Friday, June 5 & 19, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Community youth can drop in and test their skills. Wii Sports and a variety of other games will be available for play. Under 18 only. Ages: Teen, Youth, Middle School. No registration required.
DOIN’ THE DEWEY DECIMAL STOMP
Friday, June 12, 10:30 a.m.
Bongo Barry will lead the audience in creating a musical compositions. Youngsters can explore the creativity of writing music, then record the compositions on a portable recording studio. Gongo B will post these recordings on his Web site so participants can download them as MP3 files for their iPod or a CD. All ages. Registration not required. Attendees will meet at the library and walk across the street for the program, which will be at the Crossing Youth Center, 33180 W. 83rd St., De Soto, KS.
Friday, June 12, 2 p.m.
Artist Wes Wedman will spend 30 minutes teaching youth about the history of the Japanese art of manga (and anime), followed by 30 minutes of instruction in how to draw your own. Ages 8 and up. Registration begins May 26; register online or call (913) 583-3106. Attendees will meet at the library and walk across the street for the program, which will be at The Crossing Youth Center, 33180 W. 83rd St., De Soto, KS.
DOTS AND SQUIGGLES
Friday, June 19, 10 a.m. - Noon
Participants will explore their artistic creativity by seeing how many masterpieces they can create using dots and squiggles and an assortment of other tools and materials. All ages. Drop in anytime between 10 am and noon. No registration required.
Friday, June 26, 10:30 a.m.
During the school year, storyteller Jo Ho encouraged kids to “get creative” and turn ordinary stories into hilarious tall tales. They wrote some real winners. Jo will share these and then invite participants to create an audience-authored tall tale on the spot. All ages. The class will meet at the library and head across the street to The Crossing Youth Center, 33180 W 83rd St, for the program. No registration required.
DUCT MANUFACTURING, INC.
Friday, June 26, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
People are getting college scholarships for making their prom outfits out of duct tape. While it won’t get that fancy, duct wallets and sandals are still pretty cool. Ages 10-18. No registration required.