Ralston Library

How many of you have birthdays over the summer? If you do, I’m sure you’re looking forward to celebrating with cookouts, swimming and a variety of other outdoor activities if your big day hasn’t arrived yet.

Here at Baright, we’re celebrating a special birthday of our own. Thursday marks 20 years since we first opened our doors at our current location. To commemorate this milestone anniversary, we’re having a birthday celebration for the library! Kids can join us at 10:30 a.m. for a Dr. Seuss themed party, with storytime, games and crafts. And no birthday party would be complete without cake. Mark your calendars as you do not want to miss this spectacular celebration.

Don’t worry, the adults get to partake in the fun for this anniversary as well. Participate in the Baright Library Trivia Challenge, where answers to all of the questions can be found somewhere in the library. Please see the circulation desk with any further questions about this activity.

Our special program for today, Wednesday, is Raptor Recovery. Raptors are any bird of prey, such as eagles, falcons, hawks, owls and vultures. Like so many other animals, raptors play a vital role in our ecosystem, which is why the Raptor Recovery team at Fontenelle Forest is dedicated to the conservation of these birds. This team sees more than 600 raptors every year as they help these birds through education, research, and rehabilitation. Come to Baright at 1:30 p.m. to learn about the Raptor Recovery Program, where you’ll hear about how they help these birds, along with getting to see some of the birds the team has rescued and discovering ways that you can help.

July continues to be a busy month at Baright as we are trying to pack in as many activities and events as possible before summer ends. Thursday night at 6 p.m. our teen event is SLIME! where the library will provide all the materials necessary to make slime that teens can then take home with them.

Our Fourth Monday Night Adult Book Club will be on July 22. This month’s book selection is “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan. The novel follows four immigrant families and the various struggles they face. Tan blends stories of mothers and daughters along with Chinese and American history to create a novel that focuses on familial ties and their importance. Don’t have a copy? Borrow one from the library to be prepared for the discussion at 6:30 p.m.

On Monday our Dancing Storytime is going to be slightly modified as Stormy, the mascot of the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team, joins us. We’ll read some books, dance and have time to take pictures with Stormy afterwards. This event will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Can’t seem to beat the heat this summer? Perhaps Baright can help as we have Christmas in July on July 24. Come celebrate being almost halfway to Christmas with snacks and a Christmas themed movie starting at 1:30 p.m.

This year’s Teen End of Summer Bash will be July 25. Come to Wildewood Park, 8000 Ralston Ave., at 6 p.m. for a paint fight and potluck. Please bring a food item to contribute to the potluck and make sure you wear paint-friendly clothes as all other supplies will be provided.

Come meet a world-renowned photographer when Baright hosts Joel Sartore of National Geographic later this month. Sartore grew up in Ralston and currently lives in Lincoln. He is the head of the Photo Ark Project, which is a 25-year effort to photograph the 12,000 species currently living in the care of humans at the world’s zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, etc. Sartore has visited 40 countries and has completed portraits of more than 9,000 species to date. His talk will be about how this project was started and how it helps to emphasize how saving them is important for our planet’s health. Sartore will be at the library on July 27, at 1 p.m. so join us for a presentation that is sure to be fascinating. For more information about the Photo Ark Project visit NatGeo PhotoArk.org.

A quick reminder that our final Out and About Storytimes for the summer will be on Thursday and July 25 at 10:30 a.m. On Thursday, storytime will be here at Baright while on the 25th storytime will be at Don and Ron’s CARSTAR where Santa will be stopping by to check up on the kids. Make sure to come to as many events as you can before summer is over!

— Alexis Hostert is a summer intern with the Baright Public Library

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