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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.

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.