Activities

1000 Books Before Kindergarten (Youth)

The goal is to read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten. Visit the youth area anytime to pick up a booklet and get started. This is a work at your own pace program. Prizes will be awarded when you reach 500 and 1,000 books.
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3D Printing Basics (Teen, Adult)

Join us to learn how to create projects for the 3D printer using TinkerCAD, a free design software, and explore Thingiverse, a website of shared designs. Registration required. Limited to seven per session.
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A Land Twice Promised (Adult, Teen)

Noa Baum will present her one-woman show "A Land Twice Promised: An Israeli Woman's Quest for Peace." Recommended for ages 12 and up.
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Arts & Crafts for Adults (Adult)

Explore your creative side each month with a different project or two. Join us for the session that best fits your schedule. Registration required.
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Aspen Black & Kerry Grombacher Concert (Adult)

Kerry and Aspen are influenced by English ballads, string-band music, and corridos of the desert Southwest. Their songs tell fascinating stories of explorers and settlers, Indians and cowboys, and lawmen and outlaws whose lives shaped the West.
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Audubon's Wild Experience Room (Youth, Teen, Family)

This free event features family-friendly nature activities and live animal demonstrations. It will be a fun afternoon of exploring, creating, and learning with activities appropriate for all ages.
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Book Bingo (Youth, Teen)

Celebrate National Library Week! Meet us in the youth program room to play Bingo. Get a Bingo, win a book! Youth of all ages are welcome to participate.
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Book Club Festival (Adult)

Nebraska author Jonis Agee will be the featured speaker at this year's Book Club Festival. She is the author of twelve books, three of which were named New York Times Notable Books.
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Brown Bag History Series (Adult)

You are invited to the continuing "Brown Bag" series, hosted by the library, in partnership with the UNK History Department and History Nebraska. Feel free to bring your lunch with you. Snacks and beverages are provided.
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Build, Connect, Create (Youth)

Let your imagination run wild as you build with our collection of STEM toys, including KEVA Planks, Straws & Connectors, Snap Circuits, Magna-Tiles, and more!
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Card Crafting (Adult)

You're invited to a session of creative greeting card crafting. Registration required.
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Crafternoon (Youth)

Enjoy a story and make a craft! Parents are welcome to assist their child with the craft.
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eBooks Made Easy (Adult, Teen, Youth)

Learn how to access library eBooks and eAudio with your library card, using Overdrive’s Libby app. Bring your own smartphone, tablet, or laptop, or explore the eBook’s website using a library’s computer.
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Genealogy 101 (Adult)

This class covers the various resources available from the library for genealogy research. It will include an introduction to print materials, resources on microfilm, and a quick comparison of three online databases.
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Genealogy Quest (Adult)

If you love digging into your ancestral past, this is the study hall for you! Use the library's resources to help you in your quest. Come search with us!
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Intro to Cricut Design Space (Teen, Adult)

Learn how to create your own designs for the library’s Cricut Maker! Register for one of these introductory classes on the Cricut Design Space software. Basic computer skills required. Limited to seven per session.
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Jerry Barlow Concert (Adult)

Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with acclaimed Celtic guitarist and storyteller, Jerry Barlow. Enjoy music that will warm your heart, soothe the soul, and lift your spirit!
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Knot Just Knitting (Youth, Teen, Adult)

Love to knit, crochet, cross-stitch or create other fiber arts? Have a project under construction? This is the group for you! Drop in for fun, friends and fiber! Volunteer coaches for knitting will be available. Registration is not required.
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Leapin' Leprechauns! (Youth, Teen)

Leprechauns have hidden their pot of gold in the library. Help us find it with this fun-filled scavenger hunt.
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Legos at the Library (Youth)

Come for some brick-snappin' fun! Design and build your own creations. The library will supply the legos. Grades K-5.
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Make Your Own Puzzle! (Youth, Teen)

Celebrate National Puzzle Day by creating your own jigsaw puzzle! Each participant will be given a blank 8 x 10 puzzle to design as they wish. So fun!
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Meet the Snow Queen! (Youth, Teen, Family)

Have you dreamed about meeting the Snow Queen? She will arrive in her icy gown, ready to share her tale of becoming Queen and how she let it all go. Feel free to come dressed in your favorite icy outfit!
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Movies (Youth, Teen, Family)

Watch a movie and enjoy a small snack. Youth ages seven and under need to be accompanied by an adult. All ages are welcome.
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National Library Week (Youth, Teen, Adult)

National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. This year the theme is "Find Your Place at hte Library!"
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Noodlers (Youth, Teen)

Use your noodle and plastic sticks to separate the groups of symbols on each puzzle into its own space. The catch? The instructions tell you how many (or how few) sticks you get to use for each challenge.
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Open Book Club (Adult)

The "Open Book Club" is sponsored by the library and open to anyone 18 and over. Meetings are held the second Monday of every month starting at 6:30 pm. We welcome everyone who is interested! (There will be no meeting in November.)
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Parachute Play! (Youth)

Shaking, lifting, going under, and around the parachute is not only great exercise, but it also helps children learn to cooperate and follow directions. Be prepared for lots of fun shakin’ the chute!
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Paws to Read (Youth)

Youth ages 5-12 can practice their reading by reading aloud to a dog! Registered Therapy Animals and their handlers will be listening to youth read. Read five books/chapters to the team and earn a prize!
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Preschool Storytime (Youth)

Stories for children ages 3-6 years. Parents/adults need not attend, but please stay in the building.
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Protecting Your Privacy Online (Adult)

Increase your awareness about how your online behavior is tracked and used. You’ll learn tips on how to limit what’s shared about you online. This class is designed for proficient computer users who are well-versed with navigating the internet.
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Pub Quiz at the Chicken Coop (Adult)

Meet in the basement of the Chicken Coop and play our trivia game!
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Stitch It! (Adult)

We will explore basic sewing, machine embroidery and more during these classes. Sewing is not scary so come join the fun! No experience necessary.
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Storybook Walk (Youth, Teen, Family)

Join us for a Storybook Walk with Kearney Park & Rec! As you walk through the park, you will enjoy a story combined with fun activities to get you moving. All ages.
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Storytelling Festival (Adult, Youth, Teen)

Warm your heart and tickle your funny bone with stories, music and good old-fashioned family fun with national storytellers!
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Studio KPL (Adult)

An art workshop for in-depth projects. Registration required.
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Program Fee$10.00

Stuffed Animal Sleepover (Youth)

Have you ever wondered what happens in the library when it's closed? Create a name tag for your 2nd-favorite stuffed friend, listen to a story together, and tuck it in for the night. Pick up your friend the next day to see what adventures it had!
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Tax Assistance (Adult)

AARP Tax-Aide will be offering free tax-preparation assistance. Social Security cards or other official SSA documentation, for yourself and all dependents, are required to receive these services.
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Teen Craft (Teen)

Join us and your friends to make crafts and have some fun. Grades 5 and up.
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TinkerTots (Youth)

Join us for a hands-on STEM program designed especially for you and your preschooler. Help your child develop important math, science and learning readiness skills while having fun! An adult caregiver must remain with the participating child.
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Toddler Storytime (Youth)

Stories for children ages 0-2 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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Ukulele for Teens (Teen)

This class is aimed at beginners who haven't played ukulele before, but allows those who know how to play to join in and jam along too! Aspen Black and Kerry Grombacher will teach songs from a variety of genres.
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Valentines for Vets (Youth, Teen)

Help us show our veterans that we appreciate them! Join us as we make Valentine’s Day cards for the residents of Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney. Cards will be delivered to the Veterans Home prior to Valentine’s Day.
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Watercolor Wednesdays (Adult)

Get your creative juices flowing in this watercolor class. Each month we'll brush up our watercolor skills working with different themes. Registration required.
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Writer's Block (Adult)

An informal writing group that meets twice a month. No experience necessary. Snacks and beverages are provided.
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Writing Workshop: Jonis Agee (Adult)

Nebraska author Jonis Agee will lead a writing workshop for aspiring writers and fans of her work. This is a great opportunity to spend time with a storyteller and discuss the art of writing.
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$10.00

Writing Workshop: Memoir Writing (Adult)

Convert your memories to memoir with Aspen Black and Kerry Grombacher. These talented singers, poets, and songwriters will lead this workshop for aspiring writers.
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$10.00

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