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The last weekly summer reading program finished up yesterday, and it ended with a bang.  Over 300 people came out to Footloose and Fancy Free programs this week and participated in our family dances.  (More than 300! That’s a huge turnout, especially for the last week—Kuna rocks!)  We did the chicken dance, the hokey pokey, the cha-cha slide and yes, the pancake dance. That leads us to…

We’ve still got one big party up our sleeves, though, and that’s the Flapjack Attack!

Be Creative Pancakes

Who:  The entire Kuna community is invited

What: Free pancakes and fun all morning long

When: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29

Where: The Kuna Library on the corner of Maple and Syrup

You’re invited to attend this free community event, gobble up some deliciously creative pancakes, and join the fun.

Plus, keep your eyes peeled for some special guests from the Tales to Tails reading program, which will resume this fall as school starts.

See you there, Kuna!

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Kuna Library is excited to announce that Fit and Fall Proof is back!  With one hugely successful session under our belts, we’re ready to rock for 12 more weeks of senior exercise.

What Is Fit & Fall Proof?

Fit and Fall Proof is a fitness class designed specifically for seniors.  A service of the Central Health District, this class focuses on strength, mobility, and balance.  There are no fast-paced dance moves here, but you will get a great workout.  For anyone ages 65 and over, this class can help keep you mobile and independent.

How Do I Join a Class?

Stop by the library during any regular class time (Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.).  Come a few minutes early so that you can fill out an emergency contact form and the PAR-Q (a basic health questionnaire).  Once you’ve completed your paperwork and taken a very short walking test, you’re in!  We’ll add you to the list and you can attend anytime.

What Kind of Fitness Level Do I Need to Have to Participate?

There is no standard fitness level needed.  Anyone can benefit from and enjoy Fit and Fall Proof, from the very healthy and active to those with minimal mobility.  All of the exercises included in the class are designed so that you can work to your fitness level, not anybody else’s.  We have both standing and sitting class leaders, and you’re free to stop and rest as much or as little as you need. 

What Should I Wear or Bring?

Wear comfortable clothes that you can bend and stretch in.  All you need to bring when you sign up is your emergency contact information (who to call, your doctor’s name and phone number). That’s it!

How Much Does It Cost?

Fit and Fall Proof is absolutely free.  There is no cost to join and no cost for continued attendance. 

How Often Do I Need to Come to Class?

As often as you’re able.  You’re not required to come to any specific number of classes, though patrons who attend twice a week tend to see the most physical improvement.

Will the Senior Bus Take Me to Fit and Fall Proof?

Yes, the senior bus has been a fantastic partner, and a number of class members use the local senior bus to get to the library.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask, and don’t forget to spread the word about this fun class that’s totally free for seniors.

Curious what’s new at the library?  We’re always adding the latest releases to our collection for you.  A few interesting titles that have come through include:

Born to RunBorn to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

“Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence.”

–Amazon review

More new Adult Non-Fiction:

Glenn Beck’s Common Sense

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Cassandra’s only clue to her recently deceased grandmother’s roots is a book of fairy tales, and an inherited garden in England.  If you love fairy tale inspired fiction, Kate Morton’s new release is one to add to your to-read list.  This blend of enchantment and modern-day reality is part gothic mystery and part Secret Garden for grownups.  While it takes a while to get used to Morton’s method of jumping between time periods, the payoff is well worth the read, and the different timelines start to merge seamlessly about a third of the way through.  P.S.:  The latest Sisters Grimm novel is also in: Look for The Everafter Wars, or start back at the beginning with The Fairy Tale Detectives.

More new Adult Fiction:

Fugitive by Phillip Margolin

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Deception

Razor Sharp by Fern Michaels

Young Adult Fiction:

VampiratesVampirates #4 is out! Black Heart continues the story of the Pirate Federation as they track a new ship of Vampirates.  Look for new developments from Connor, Grace, and Sally Tempest in this latest installment of the popular series.

More new YA Fiction:

The Dragon Hunters by Paul Genesse

The Sisters Grimm: The Everafter War by Michael Buckley

The Singing (Pellinore Book Four) by Alison Croggon

A Taste for Red by Lewis Harris

Return of the Homework Machine by Dan Gutman

clique ps i loathe youP.S. I Loathe You (Clique #11) by Lisi Harrison

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Vampire Kisses 2: Kissing Coffins

Warriors: Code of the Clans by Erin Hunter

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Computer on desk Now that we’re rolling, it’s time to pay some attention to the elephant in the room: what good is a library blog?

Three Great Reasons for a Library Blog

The first, and most honest, answer would be easy: to provide library patrons with another path to useful and interesting information. (That’s right: 80,000 books in the collection just aren’t enough…) That’s really our primary goal. By blogging this information, we can be timely and topical without dragging you down in endless links and outdated pages. We’ll share activity ideas and resources for kids, how-to information (What do you want to learn? Let us know in the comments!), info on new library books, book suggestions, and up-to-date information on upcoming programs.  Because entries are time-stamped, a blog makes it easy to find what you need and get the heck out as quickly as possible.

Blogging’s Really All About You

There’s another, sneakier reason why we’re blogging this summer, though. By most definitions, the key aspect that sets a blog apart from a static website is the ability to interact. And that’s exactly what we want! By creating blog posts with comments turned on, every topic opens up for conversation, opinions, and ideas . (That’s where you come in.) Now, instead of talking at you, we can talk with you and figure out what kind of information serves you best.  So please feel free to dive into the comments at any time and share your thoughts, anonymous or otherwise.  Good communities make good blogs, and that’s the bottom line.

Straight to Your Inbox: The Hidden Secret of Blogs

There’s one more aspect to blogging that I have to bring up:  it’s a completely convenient way to spread information.  Blog posts can be mailed (for free) straight to your email inbox.  You can subscribe (for free) via an RSS reader that will show you all new posts every time you log into it.  You can also just check the site anytime you want (for free—notice a theme here?) and see what’s new.  Blogs make it easy not just for writers but for readers to find what they need quickly and easily.

So what’s the point of a summer reading blog? We’re here to extend the learning, the resources, and the creativity even further—straight into your home, at your convenience. We hope you continue reading and contributing your thoughts as we go.

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David Catrow Be CreativeYou’ve probably been hearing whisperings about summer reading for a few months now.  While the summer theme isn’t exactly a state secret (in fact, it’s being used by libraries across the country), we still get a kick out of unveiling it each year. 

This year, Kuna Library is super excited to Be Creative!  What does that mean? It means that this summer is all about anything that’s creative: art, music, dance, film, photography, homework excuses…  You get the idea! 

Here’s the million dollar question: How do you get to be creative at the library?  We don’t like to give away our secrets, but here’s a quick preview of what we’ve got planned for this summer:

  • Live music
  • Interactive magic
  • All-you-can-eat pancakes
  • Our first ever teen summer reading program
  • A very special 10th birthday party

And that’s just a taste of what we’ve got in store for you!  If you want the full scoop on summer events, please pick up a calendar at the library, or download the calendar **here.**

P.S.: Sign-up Week starts today!  Drop by Kuna Library to sign up for the summer reading program anytime; kids of all ages, from 0 to 18, are welcome as well as adults! See you there!