by Cindy McGuire, Programming/Marketing Coordinator
Before you write a letter to the editor or make a call to my boss, I am not referring to that
adult entertainment. When I tell people that a big part of my job is to plan programs for adults, they are surprised. Most people say, “I knew libraries had programs for kids, but I never thought about programs for adults.” Well why not?
When you look at your budget at the end of the month, you realize just how much you spend on entertainment. You buy subscriptions to cable channels and tickets to sporting events, movie theaters, concerts and plays. You pay to download streaming television shows, movies and music or to purchase e-books. Once in a while you may take a class or attend a lecture. Sometimes these are free, most of the time they are not. With the exception of occasional fundraising events, the Library provides all of its programs and materials, for kids and adults, for free.
We are now at the halfway point in our Summer Reading Program. The kids and teen areas of the Library have fun activities planned during the next month. We also have interesting presentations scheduled for adults that are designed to “Build a Better World:”
- Game Night, Thursday, July 6 (the first Thursday of every month), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Gather your friends to play some unique board and card games.
- Liquid Assets: Hydration and Health, Friday, July 7, 12 p.m. Water is more critical to your body than you think.
- Tap Dancing Workshop, Monday, July 10, 7 p.m. This workshop is for any age, children through adults. You may not be as good as Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers or Gene Kelly, but they started with the same basics that you will learn.
- Coloring Club, every Tuesday (except July 4), 12 to 1 p.m. You can still enjoy coloring even if you are an adult. In fact, coloring has been shown to reduce stress.
- Book Discussion: “In God We Trust, All Other Pay Cash” by Jean Shepherd. Tuesday, July 11, 7 p.m. This is the book that the movie “A Christmas Story” is based on, a humorous account of a boy growing up in Depression-era Indiana.
- Green Cleaning, Tuesday, July 18, 7 p.m. Learn how to improve your indoor environment, save money and conserve natural resources.
- Getting a Better Night’s Sleep, Thursday, July 20, 1 p.m. If you don’t get enough sleep, you are not efficient at work and you jeopardize your health.
- Raised Bed Gardening, Thursday, July 20, 7 p.m. The Leavenworth Master Gardeners give expert tips on making a raised bed garden.
- Conflict Resolution, Thursday, July 27, 7 p.m. Learn how to resolve conflicts with your family, friends and co-workers.
So, if you are looking for interesting things to do, add the Library to your adult entertainment list. It’s free and rated E for entertaining and educational.