Featured Library: Bonner Springs City Library

inside the Bonner Springs City Library

The 2011 Jazz on the Lake fundraising gala was a success for Bonner Springs (Kans.) City Library (BSCL), raising $11,500 for a new programming series for preschoolers through teens. Titled “Imagination Destination,” the two-year series will focus on the arts and science. As Vicky Wheeler, library board chairperson, noted, “These programs will enrich young people in our community with opportunities to experience the arts and sciences at a time when budgets are tight everywhere.”

Four programs are planned for this summer. The series kicked off with programs on insects provided by Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden. “Ladybugs & Butterflies,” on the butterfly’s life cycle and how ladybugs fly, was offered for preschoolers through first-graders, and children in grades two through six learned about spiders, frogs, and garden-friendly insects during “Bug Hunters” later in the day.

BCPL will partner with Piccadilly Productions, a puppetry company, for the second program, which will feature a puppet performance of Peter and the Wolf followed by a workshop where youths can create their own puppets.

The third summer program, an African percussion workshop, will be offered for children in grades one to five. Participants will learn about and play African music.

Kansas City Young Audiences will present a drama workshop called “The Cow Jumped Over the Moon” for the final program of the summer. The workshop will help children ages three to five learn listening and pre-writing skills while they recite their own nursery rhymes.

You can see more of the library’s programs on Flickr. We look forward to seeing what the library has in store for the fall session of the series!