Unless you do not happen to live in a fifty mile radius of Grand Forks, you have heard about the vote for the Library tax occurring on May 3rd. Now, I am not one to delve into politics, and if you are interested, the Grand Forks Herald has written some wonderful articles giving the pros and cons about the Library Tax. I would just like to refresh the citizens of Grand Forks on all the amazing opportunities Libraries can offer the community besides a house for books.
For example, the East Grand Forks Campbell Library, are sponsoring many events this week!
Today they are hosting an event by Andy Hayward, a puppeteer who graduated from East Grand Forks High School and found a love of puppets while volunteering during the Summer Programs offered there. Andy has performed Muppet characters in Sesame Street productions and has also served as a puppet specialist for Disney and was a featured performer in stage productions. His career was nurtured by the East Grand Forks Campbell Library while he was a child. The performance will begin at 6:30pm.
Also beginning today is the East Grand Forks Campbell Library registration for their summer programs for children. They are offering two programs, the first Marvels at the Library, is an activity program for students completing K-6th grade will meet on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00 beginning June 15. The second program is Reading Passport, Campbell Libraryâ€™s summer reading program will enable students completing K-8th grade to earn treats and prizes as they read. Both programs will enable children to have a healthy atmosphere to grow and learn during the summer months.
Currently, you are also able to register your child in the Grand Forks Library summer program “One World, Many Stories.” Their program is dedicated to motivating children to reading and broadening their view on the world.
In addition to children, the Grand Forks Library has amazing opportunities for the teens in our community. Teens are able to join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and are given the ability to:
- Advise, plan, and implement teen programs
- Promote ideas, reading, programming, and communication with other teens through the creation of displays in the library
- Recommend books, movies, music, and magazines for the teen collection
- Write articles, reviews, and other creative works for the library newsletter
The library also has many opportunities for Adults in the region! They offer classes that help adults learn how to use Facebook and other social media sites, how to make e-mail more accessible and easier to use, how to use computers, understanding Microsoft Office, and many more!
I understand that the Library Tax is a very strong subject in our community currently, but I ask all citizens of the Greater Grand Forks region to truly examine how much our library gives to the community and to understand that the possibilities are endless if they are given the ability to grow in our area.
I wish everyone a safe and amazing week! For more information one these events or other events please visit cuturepulse.org.