Summer Reading 2022!

Summer Reading 2022!

Thank you to our many community sponsors!

Sign-up Day

Sign-up Day
Sign-up Day

Make a splash at our Summer Reading Signup Event June 1 at Legion Park from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Dive into fun for the whole family June 1st! Legion Park will be scattered with fun things to do. The Riverside Discovery Center will have critters you can check out, and The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies will be there too. Explore chalk art, try your luck at a watergun target range and a fishing game. If that isn't enough, we have crafts for kids and teens and sign-up prizes too.

The Friends of the Gering Library have arranged for the Snowie Bus to provide treats for those who sign up for the reading program.

Set your course for Summer Reading at Legion Park and join the fun!

 

Children's Programs

Children's Programs
Children's Programs

My Garden of a Thousand Bees (G) Family Event
June 7 6:00 p.m.
Watch My Garden of a Thousand Bees in the Library Community Room. See bees like you’ve never seen them before! Gering Public Library will be showing the PBS Nature documentary, My Garden of a Thousand Bees. Popcorn, water and honey sticks will be provided. Feel free to bring other snacks for your family. The movie is an hour long.

A Day at the Beach!
June 8 10:00 a.m. in the Gering Library
Stick your toes in the water at this Early Literacy program with beach themed crafts and activities.

The Incredible Journey with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
June 8 1:30 a.m. in the Gering Library 
Where will the water you drink today be tomorrow? Join us for an "Incredible Journey" through the water cycle. With a roll of the die, you will follow the paths of water droplets as they move within the water cycle. On your journey, pick up colorful beads as you travel from a river, to the ocean, to the clouds, and so on. Then take home your water cycle journey as a keychain or bracelet! “The Incredible Journey” activity is a great way for kids to connect their homes in the Nebraska Panhandle to the vast oceans hundreds of miles away."

Surf's Up at the Midwest 
June 13 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the Midwest Theater
Surfing competition? Penguin high-jinks? Join your friends for a free viewing of 2007's "Surf's Up" (PG)

Pirate Storytime for kids of all ages
June 15 10:00 a.m. in the Gering Library
Ahoy mateys! Miss Kira is setting sail on the high seas with a ship-full of scallywags. Make sure you don't miss the boat.

Explore The Wonderful World of Waves with the Edgerton Explorit Center
June 16 at TBD p.m. in the Gering Library
Sound moves as vibrations and waves no matter where we are, on land or under water. Explore different types of sounds and how they reach our ears. Watch dramatic demonstrations of how you can not only hear, but actually see sound waves. After the presentation you can learn about waves with three hands-on labs.

Shark Week Storytime
June 22 at 10:00 a.m. in the Gering Library
Bring your baby shark doo doo doo doo doo doo for storytime and crafts at this Early Literacy program

Fishy Friends
June 24 at 1:30 p.m. in Legion Park
Join Amanda from the Wildcat Hills Nature Center. Let’s learn about our underwater friends, the fish!  We will learn about different types of fish, fish anatomy, and will even conduct a little art project!

Oceans of Possibilities Family Pool Party
June 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Gering City Pool
The whole family is invited for two hours of free swimming! Don't go home- the party continues- stay for a boxed lunch then join us at the Pollinator Fun Day.

Pollinator Fun Day 
June 25 1:00-3:00 p.m. at The Community Ever Green House
     Pollinators are the Bee’s Knees! Walk from the pool to the Ever Green House, 1210 D Street in Gering. This family-friendly event will keep everyone “a-buzz” with activities including a beekeeper with bees,  storytime, a balloon artist, crafts for adults and children as well as a gi-normous bear selfie station. Make an origami flower pot and plant a sunflower to take home then take a spin on UNL Extension’s blender bike to make a healthy snack. The Ever Green House will also have some new bee-utiful sculptures to enjoy.

Learn about how wild bees and other pollinators play a crucial role in nature. They pollinate fruits, veggies, grains, and flowers. All of these are essential to agriculture and wild ecosystems.  Pollinator feeding and nesting habitat is declining. They're also threatened by pesticides.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held, Sunday, June 26 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Theatre West Presents: The Library in the Lighthouse
June 26 10:00 a.m. in Legion Park
Theatre West has another hit on their hands with The Library in the Lighthouse. Join us for this short play and stick around-things are going to get crafty afterwards.

Ending Party
June 29 at 3:00 p.m.
Join Kira for an amazing Mad scientist show. You won't want to miss this one.

Last Day to Turn in Books for Summer Reading
July 2

Last Day to Turn in Books for the Traveling Trophy
August 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teen Programs

Teen Programs
Teen Programs

Ocean Animal Quiz Night (T)
June 10 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Gering Library Community Room
     We'll be kicking the teen summer reading program off with a Jeopardy-inspired quiz night about ocean animals. For each correct answer teens get a small prize. First place prize is a blue ocean wonder globe and second place will go home with an ocean sun-catcher craft kit.

Surf's Up at the Midwest (F)
June 13 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the Midwest Theater
     Surfing competition? Penguin high-jinks? Join your friends for a free viewing of 2007's "Surf's Up" (PG)

Mini-Robot Maze and Hydro-dipping Craft (T)
June 17 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. p.m. in the Gering Library Community Room
     Dive in and explore a coral reef maze with Cue-bots (mini-robots) then decorate a stone using hydro-dipping techniques.

Puzzle Room Challenge (T)
June 24 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Gering Library 
     Captain Biblios, the pirate, has hidden his treasure somewhere in the library. Once you locate the lockbox containing the captain's treasure, you will have to solve puzzles throughout the library to discover the codes to five different locks. Will you be able to uncover the treasure before it's too late?

Oceans of Possibilities Family Pool Party (F)
June 25  from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Gering City Pool
     Come swim in the morning and stay for lunch then walk over to the Ever Green House for the Pollinator Family Fun Day. The whole family is invited for two hours of free swimming!

Pollinator Fun Day (F)
June 25 1:00-3:00 p.m. at The Community Ever Green House
     Pollinators are the Bee’s Knees! Walk from the pool to the Ever Green House, 1210 D Street in Gering. This family-friendly event will keep everyone “a-buzz” with activities including a beekeeper with bees,  storytime, a balloon artist, crafts for adults and children as well as a gi-normous bear selfie station. Make an origami flower pot and plant a sunflower to take home then take a spin on UNL Extension’s blender bike to make a healthy snack. The Ever Green House will also have some new bee-utiful sculptures to enjoy.

Learn about how wild bees and other pollinators play a crucial role in nature. They pollinate fruits, veggies, grains, and flowers. All of these are essential to agriculture and wild ecosystems.  Pollinator feeding and nesting habitat is declining. They're also threatened by pesticides.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held, Sunday, June 26 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Squid's Games Wrap-Up Party (T)
June 30 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Legion Park 
     Teens are invited to test their skills against a series of children's games for a chance to win a billion dollars... or a cool squid hat. Will you be able to survive the physical and psychological twists of the games? Will it be a red light or a green light? Snacks will be provided.
 

 

 

 

      

 

Adult Programs

Adult Programs
Adult Programs

Tiny Art Show
June 2-June 30 Tiny Art Show take-and-make.
     Stop by the library and pick up a canvas, paints and brushes. Make your masterpiece and bring it in so we can display it in the library. Available while supplies last.

My Garden of a Thousand Bees (G)
June 7 Watch My Garden of a Thousand Bees from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room. 
     See bees like you’ve never seen them before! Gering Public Library will be showing the PBS Nature documentary, My Garden of a Thousand Bees. Popcorn, water and honey sticks will be provided. Feel free to bring other snacks for your family. The movie is an hour long.

Geocaching
June 15 at 5:30 in the Library Community Room
     Geocaching is like a modern-day treasure hunt. The Larson Family will explain the basics of geocaching and talk about their experiences. Then we will see if we can use our new knowledge to locate some caches near the library.

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency
June 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room
     Everybody's talking about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency- but what is it? Join us for a discussion about cryptocurrency and for an opportunity to ask all the questions you have had but were afraid to ask.  "I  tried to avoid cryptocurrency but so many people would ask me about it, and since I did not have many answers, I decided to do some research so that I could be more help " said Sam Bradley. Come learn the basics about cryptocurrency, how it is being used and some of the possibilities for its use in the future.

This is an informational class only. Sam Bradley cannot help you invest in cryptocurrency.

Food For Thought Book Discussion, "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky 
June 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room. 
     The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.  

Pollinator Fun Day 
June 25 1:00-3:00 p.m. at The Community Ever Green House
     Pollinators are the Bee’s Knees! Walk from the pool to the Ever Green House, 1210 D Street in Gering. This family-friendly event will keep everyone “a-buzz” with activities including a beekeeper with bees,  storytime, a balloon artist, crafts for adults and children as well as a gi-normous bear selfie station. Make an origami flower pot and plant a sunflower to take home then take a spin on UNL Extension’s blender bike to make a healthy snack. The Ever Green House will also have some new bee-utiful sculptures to enjoy.

     Learn about how wild bees and other pollinators play a crucial role in nature. They pollinate fruits, veggies, grains, and flowers. All of these are essential to agriculture and wild ecosystems.  Pollinator feeding and nesting habitat is declining. They're also threatened by pesticides.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held, Sunday, June 26 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Civic Engagement 
June 29 6:00 p.m. at the Library Community Room
     How does Nebraska do compared to other states in volunteering, voting, and getting together with neighbors? How are young Nebraskans getting involved differently than older generations? Most importantly, in a time when people are as busy (and distracted) as ever, how can we involve all residents in building up our town for the future? Come join this lively and important discussion! Led by Daniel Bennett of Civic Nebraska, this session will start by looking at the latest data on these trends in Nebraska and discuss what they mean for Gering. We'll finish by discussing how we can use our heads, hands, and hearts to sustain a thriving culture of involvement into the future.