Ralston Library

The Fourth of July is Thursday, and I hope you guys are as excited as I am!

I know neighborhoods will be filled with the smells and sounds of cookouts and fireworks and red, white, and blue are sure to be plastered everywhere. If you’re looking for something as a precursor to your own festivities, or don’t have anything planned for the holiday, the Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce has you covered. They are hosting a parade that is sure to be fun for the whole family.

Ralston’s 59th Annual Independence Day Celebration will begin at 1 p.m., and this year’s theme is ‘Celebrating Small Town America.’ Come check out all the spectacular floats and spend time with friends and family while enjoying this entertaining event.

In other Independence Day related news, Baright Public Library will be closed Thursday in observance of the holiday. Be sure to have fun but remember to be safe when participating in whatever festivities you have planned.

A reminder that Sunday is our monthly family movie day, which will begin at 2 p.m. Here’s a hint as to what movie we’ll be playing: the film is about a female superhero who is trying to resolve an intergalactic war. Come watch the movie to see if your guess is right. Also, don’t forget to bring pillows and snacks. The library will provide the popcorn for a movie day that will be out of this world!

Our new adult game night will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. We will provide board games in our meeting room but feel free to bring your own games and/or video console.

We want to invite kids to come on a journey with us as we explore the solar system at “3-2-1 Blast-off” with the Omaha Symphony. They will learn about the planets as they are guided through a book of facts combined with the symphony’s rendition of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.” This event will take place on July 10 and is set to begin at 1:30 p.m.

July 11 is a day filled with events for all age groups. That morning at 10:30 a.m. our “Out and About Storytime” for kids will be at Seymour Smith Splash Park.

At noon that same day adults are invited to join us for our “Lunch and Learn” event. This presentation will focus on Lauritzen Gardens and will be given by a member of the garden’s speakers bureau. Not only will the speaker discuss the history of the garden, but will also provide information regarding upcoming events and garden memberships. Along with this, attendees will be given a virtual tour of the gardens as well as one of the visitor and education center. Make sure you stop by to see what’s blooming at Lauritzen Gardens this season.

On July 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. teen video game night will be happening at the library. Come hang out with old friends and don’t be afraid to make some new ones while playing games and enjoying snacks provided by the library.

I also want to take this time to invite teens to join our Teen Advisory Board. Upon joining TAB, they will get to have a say on programs and activities involving teens in the library as well as advising us on new books and movies they feel we should have. TAB can help teens earn credit hours for school and it looks great on college applications. TAB meets the second Thursday of each month from 5 to 6 p.m., so consider joining today.

Each Wednesday this summer from 3 to 4 p.m. we will have Reading with Tess. Tess is a trained therapy dog certified by Paws for Friendship Inc. and while she may not be able to read, she does make a great listener.

Kids can read to Tess without feeling the pressure they might experience when reading to another person. She will simply lay next to you and enjoy whatever story you read to her without judging you for any potential mistakes you make while reading. Tess will not only help readers build confidence, but reading to her can be therapeutic and relaxing in and of itself. Be sure to stop in and grab a calendar or check the library’s website for even more programs and events we have to offer here at Baright.

— Alexis Hostert is a summer intern at

Baright Public Library

Email: eric.taylor@papilliontimes.com Phone: 402-505-3613

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