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Lego pancake chef

Phew!  It went by like a whirlwind, but the Flapjack Attack was huge this year!  Starting at 9:00 a.m. on the dot, the library’s parking lot was filled with families lined up for pancakes.  Since we’re working the “Be Creative” theme this summer, library staff decided to take our own advice and think outside the box. Way out.

Picture pancakes by the dozen in shades of neon green, hot pink, bright turquoise, and rich purple.  Then picture topping them with neon whipped cream and a generous helping of sprinkles.  Oh, and butter and classic maple syrup, of course!

While the cooks weren’t sure about colored pancakes, the kids in attendance loved them.  (Did you expect anything else?)  We’re not sure how many pancakes we cooked exactly, but the crowd was pretty close to 500.  Ever cooked for 500?  We’re kind of exhausted…

Kids were entertained by a Transformer visit, a dance party, plenty of autographs from our summer stars, and—a personal favorite—a guest visit from some of our Tales to Tails regulars.  Rugby and Bailey got the star treatment, and we can’t wait to see them again when Tales to Tails starts up again in a month. Pancakes and puppies, and a truckload of chocolate milk; who could ask for anything more?

Thanks, Kuna, for making our annual pancake breakfast another huge success.  We’re thrilled that you came out and we appreciate your support.  And we’ve already got some ideas up our sleeves for next year…

Photo courtesy of Jonathanb1989

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!

It’s “What’s More American?” week at Kuna Library, where we celebrate the sights, sounds, and songs of the Fourth.  Families coming to our summer reading program (Tuesday @ 10:30 & 1:30, Wednesday @ 1:30) can expect some fresh takes on our classic tribute, with—of course!—the traditional Fourth of July parade.  Plan to be there, with your red, white, and blue on! (And sunscreen, too, of course…)

If you’re looking for some patriotic reads to celebrate the week and get you through the long weekend, consider these:

Adult Fiction:

the hornet's nestThe Hornet’s Nest by Jimmy Carter.  Yep, that Jimmy Carter.  This presidentially penned novel is the story of the American Revolution as it takes place in the South.  Spun carefully with lots of well-researched facts, this novel shows readers the effects of the revolution on American families.

Adult Non Fiction:

John Adams by David McCullough.  A triumph of 2001, this new classic is still a must-read for American history buffs.  (If you’re not up for the task, you can check out the HBO film about this founding father.)

Young Adults:

The Capital Mysteries Series: This series, designed for young readers, takes kids from the Smithsonian to the Lincoln Memorial, all in a way that’s fun and exciting.

Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House series) 

Judy Moody Declares Independence by Megan McDonald

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (Still a classic!)

Kate and the Spies: The American Revolution 1775 by JoAnn A. Grote

Children:

apple pie fourth of julyApple Pie Fourth of July by Janet S. Wong:  A Chinese American child fears that the food her parents are preparing to sell on the Fourth of July will not be eaten.  Will anyone eat Chinese food on the Fourth of July?  This book emphasizes the idea of a common American heritage as well as the idea that Americans are nothing if not unpredictable.

Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags : The Story of the Fourth of July Symbols by James Cross Giblin

Hats Off for the Fourth of July by Harriet ZiefertBig George : How a Shy Boy Became President Washington by Anne F. Rockwell

Our brand new teen summer reading program kicked off yesterday with the first of three open Wii gaming parties.  Among the offerings were Guitar Hero (love the drums!), Super Smwii remotesash Bros Brawl, and Mario Kart. 

To get an entry ticket, all teens have to do is read for 2.5 hours each week—that averages out to less than half an hour each day.  Teens can bring their completed tracking sheets to the library to get their ticket, or just bring their completed tracked sheets to the library on game day for express entry. 

Of course, no expects Kuna’s teens to be video game zombies.  Wii-wary adults will be happy to know that classic board games like Battleship turn out to be just as popular as the latest Nintendo fad.  (We’re not kidding–just stop by on a game day to see for yourself…) 

Bummed that you missed the first Wii Read game day? No worries, since there will be two more game parties this summer.  If you or your teen (ages 13-17 can participate) wants to join in, just sign up for the summer reading program at Kuna Library anytime, grab a tracking sheet, and get going.  The next Wii Read game day will be Thursday, July 16 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the community room at Kuna Library.

Wii Read, Kuna’s first teen-targeted summer reading program, has been made possible in part by a grant from Wal-Mart and the Idaho Commission for Libraries.  The grant, which was created to spark creative ideas in youth library programming, allowed us to get the funding to buy the Wiis, projectors, projection screens, gaming mags, games, and accessories required.  With three Wiis in one room, there’s playing time for dozens of Kuna teens.

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!