Registration opens May 21st.
Our official kick-off party is June 1st from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the library. We will have an ice cream sundae bar available!
The last day to turn in completed logs is July 26th by 4:00 p.m.
Don’t let your reading skills fall into a summer slide! Keep reading this summer to improve your skills and win prizes!
Little Ones (ages 6 and below): read a total of 20 books per log.
Kids (ages 7 – 11): read a total of 2 hours per log.
Teens (ages 12 – 18): read a total of 5 hours per log.
Adults (18+): read a total of 5 hours per log.
Let the reading begin! Check out our FREE online reading service for children and adults. It’s a fun way to log your individual or family’s reading activity. Available 24/7 through your computer, mobile device, or in the library! Visit: https://arkcity.beanstack.org/reader365 or download the app!
Top Reader: Bike
Runner Up: Scooter
Top Reader: Bike
Runner Up: Echo Dot
Top Reader: Alexa Echo Show
Runner Up: Bluetooth Speaker & Headphones
Top Reader: Alexa Echo (2nd Generation)
Runner Up: Kindle Fire Tablet
Random Monthly Drawings for all age groups!
Children’s Fun Weekly Activities
Story Time: Wednesdays @ 10 a.m.
Lego Club: Thursdays @ 3:00 p.m.
Mommy Mixer: We’ll close the door to the downstairs, toss a bunch of toys on the floor, and have coffee ready for the adults! The kids can play while the adults get a chance to chat. *Not just for moms, but any adults with children. Fridays @ 10:30 a.m.
Cooking Around the World: Learn to make a recipe from a different place around the world at each class! 6/4, 6/18, 7/9, 7/23 @ 1 p.m.
Rock painting story stones: Paint rocks that you can use to tell a story. 6/7 @ 1 p.m.
Movie Day: Join us for a kids movie and popcorn. 6/8, 6/22, 7/20 @ 1 p.m. Movies are Peter Rabbit, A Wrinkle in Time & Sherlock Gnomes.
Mommy & Me Book Club: Join us for toys, coffee, and a light literary discussion (a.k.a. easy reads for busy moms)! While the tots play, the group will chat about the book for 30-45min. 6/25– Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate & 7/16– Wild by Cheryl Strayed @ 10 a.m.
Make Your Own Instrument: Join us to make your own instrument to play! 6/28 @ 1 p.m.
Talent Show: Kids, come show off your amazing talents. 7/10 @ 1 p.m.
DIY Floam: 7/12 @ 1 p.m.
Mini Golf: Play on our mini golf course set up in the library. 7/17 @ 1 p.m.
Fairy Tale & Superhero Tea: Dress up as your favorite princess, prince, or superhero & come have tea and snacks! 7/20 @ 1 p.m.
Teen & Adult Weekly Activities
Teen Tuesdays: Tuesdays @ 3 p.m. Come hang out, have snacks and make a fun craft!
Teen & Adult Movie Nights: 6/6, 6/27,7/11, & 7/25 @ 5:30 p.m.– Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Black Panther, Pacific Rim Uprising, & Tomb Raider.
Teen & Adult Trivia Night: 6/21 @6 p.m. Come alone or as a team and play against other in a variety of trivia!
Adult Book Discussion: 6/20 & 7/18 @4 p.m. Each month we will pick a book to read. There will be extra copies available at the library.
DIY Bath Bombs: 7/12 @ 6 p.m. The Willow Crossing will be giving a class on how to make bath bombs!
Teen Hamilton Riff-Off: 7/19 @ 6 p.m. Who doesn’t love Hamilton the Musical? Come hang out and have a riff-off to Hamilton the
For all events, advanced notice is required for groups of 10 or more. Contact the Children’s Librarian. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible caregiver aged 13 or older.
Tuesday, June 5
Goddard Puppet Ladies
The Goddard Puppet Ladies will present “Caps For Sale” and one of its sequels, “Caps For Sale and the Mindful Monkeys.” Pezzo the peddler just doesn’t know what to do when faced with the monkeys’ hilarious antics! This show is ideal for ages 1 – 8 but fun for everyone!
Thursday, June 21
Jay and Leslie celebrate the awesomeness of libraries and the musicality of language in Stories Of Note. Highlights include real juggling with fake rocks and a detective mystery radio play that takes a musical turn.
Tuesday, June 26
Marty the Reading Magician
Marty Hahne is back, with his all-new, “Musical Magic Show!”
Some of the highlights include a mystery involving a tiny drum and the four major classifications of instruments, a magical game of matching pairs of instrument pictures, and an interactive version of the well-known children’s song,” Bingo.” You’ll love the “Human Xylophone” with 8 helpers on stage, and the surprise appearance of our live bunny rabbit! Plus there’s even colorful, fast-moving sleight of hand magic backed by an exciting musical score. There’s
definitely something for everyone in the “Musical Magic Show!”
Teen & Adult Major Events
Vaughn Fry Comedian
Saturday, June 16th
@ The Burford Theatre
Adults, come enjoy a fun night out with Wichita comedian Vaughn Fry
*Cash bar will be available
Sound of the Heartland
Saturday, July 21st
A 21-member women’s ensemble based in the Newton/Greater Wichita, KS area. Singing a four-part acapella, we promote the Barbershop art form everywhere we sing. These talented ladies will be performing for us at the Burford Theater in a free concert!
Teen & Adult Line Dancing For Beginners
Friday, July 20th 6 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to line dance? Here is your chance! Join us to learn line dancing for beginners.
June 11 – 14 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.
Kids going into 3rd – 8th grade
Children will be dropped off & picked up at the library and bussed to camp locations daily.
Monday 6/11: Camp at Ark City Public Library
Tuesday 6/12: Camp at Ark City Arts Center
Wednesday 6/13: Camp at Cherokee Strip Museum*
Thursday 6/14: Camp at Chaplin Nature Center*
*Sack lunches are needed
A Huge Thank You
to the Burford Theatre
for hosting the library’s
End of Summer Bash
Party July 26th @ 6 p.m.
Summer is almost over and it’s time to celebrate all your hard work reading this summer! If you have completed at least 5 hours of reading for teen and adults, read 20 books for kids 0-6, or read 2 hours for kids 7-10, then you can join us for our pizza party. We will be awarding top reading prizes at the party.