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Hypertufa Pots

Finished hypertufa pots

Hypertufa is a building substance that has been popular with hobby gardeners since its creation in the 1930s. It is made from a mixture of peat moss, perlite, Portland cement and water. It can be formed and shaped to create pots, planters and statuary for gardens. 

In this program, patrons watched a live demonstration of the hypertufa mixing process, then used the mixture to create their own pots for their home gardens. This program is designed for adults only.

Truth & Reconciliation in Our Community

Truth & Reconciliation in Our Community

Truth & Reconciliation in Our Community brought together numerous community members to speak their truths around the historical and current treatment of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, specifically the Nation on whose territory the town of Smithers stands, with a view to moving forward together as a community.

Sign up for a free webinar with the program creators. 

Fairy and Gnome House Workshop

Fairy house created from slate, feathers and pinecones

For the past five years, the Russell Library children's department has offered an annual Fairy and Gnome House Workshop as part of its summer events. The event was created by one of our children's librarians, Laura Larsen, and is held in July each year. It has grown in attendance and popularity since its inception. 

History Comes Alive

Emily Goodridge Grey talking to kids

History Comes Alive is a series of programs featuring dramatic portrayals of African American men and women who impacted not just Minnesota, but the entire nation. In these programs, historical figures come to life through performances by museum-trained actors, scripted storytelling and the use of props, artifacts, letters, publications, illustrations and maps. The series is offered in collaboration with the Minnesota African American Museum.

Access Entertainment Introduces Patrons to Free Digital Content

Unwrapping digital presents is easy. Using them is not as simple. Some Raytown, Mo., residents head to the library to learn how to get the most out of their electronics.

Christmas is coming — and with it, library patrons looking for ways to get the most out of the electronic devices they unwrapped under the tree.

At Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL), the Raytown Branch has created Access Entertainment, an hour-long program that takes patrons on a tour of the library’s website and shows them step-by-step how to find free books, movies and music for their personal screens.

Paint Night

Becky O'Neil talks about her painting at the beginning of the event

Inspired by the popular Paint Nite events, the Westerville Public Library decided to bring the programming to their patrons for free! The program allows attendees of any skill level to recreate beautiful paintings by following guided, step-by-step instructions from the artist who created the original painting. To keep down costs, artist and youth librarian Becky O'Neil guided our attendees in replicating the night's featured painting.

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