Li­brary to hold sec­ond SCL Con to end sum­mer read­ing

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Mor­ri­son el­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

Bob Herzfeld Li­brary will be filled with more than just the char­ac­ters on the page when pa­trons show up in pop cul­ture in­spired cos­tumes for Sa­line County Li­brary’s sec­ond SCL Con from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 27.

Youth Ser­vices Man­ager Sarah Beth Lesko said the Con is a pop cul­ture event for all ages. She ex­pects every age group will find some­thing they en­joy at SCL Con.

“It was great last year,” Lesko said. “Over 800 peo­ple vis­ited the li­brary that day. Every­one seemed to have a great time.”

Pa­trons told li­brary staff they wanted the Con to hap­pen again this year. Lesko said the staff took pa­tron feed­back and are hop­ing to make this year’s Con even bet­ter.

The Con ends sum­mer read­ing for the li­brary. The theme this year was Camp Goes to Space.

At 10 and 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. pa­trons age 18 and over can take part in es­cape rooms each hour.

The es­cape rooms will take take noon off for lunch. Hot­dogs, chips and queso will be avail­able in the up­stairs meet­ing room at 12:30 p.m.

In the Mak­erspace, the green screen will be set up for spacetheme­d pho­tos. There will be dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties in the Mak­erspace to show­case what is avail­able in the space.

Ark­lug is sched­uled to bring its full

space-themed dis­play and of­fer in­ter­ac­tive Lego ac­tiv­i­ties.

In the down­stairs teen area there will be a ro­tat­ing sched­ule of group games, Star Munchin, Star Fluxx and

Butts in Space.

At 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. Fancy Fairy­tales will have

Rey and Kylo Ren, from “Star Wars,” to teach chil­dren ages 6 to 10 light saber train­ing and in­ter­act with them and BB-8 one on one. Lesko said those who wish to par­tic­i­pate must reg­is­ter in the chil­dren’s area.

Toys and build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties

will be in the story time area.

Sa­line Sym­phony will per­form pop mu­sic.

The li­brary plans to of­fer var­i­ous crafts.

Fam­ily-friendly cos­tumes are en­cour­aged. The li­brary plans to have cos­tume pa­rade so every­one can ap­pre­ci­ate them.

Ven­dors will be sell­ing items such as art, yarn crafts,

toys, stick­ers, but­tons, jew­elry and vinyl decor on the lower floor.

Lesko said the whole event is meant to be fam­ily friendly so any­one can feel com­fort­able at­tend­ing.

The li­brary will still be open for reg­u­lar use.

Lesko said the li­brary doesn’t do many ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages at the same time, but

she would like to be able to of­fer more. She feels the Con should appeal to a range of ages.

“It will be a fun day of free ac­tiv­i­ties,” she said. “Every­one likes cos­tumes, play­ing with Le­gos, hot dogs and cheese dip.”

Any­one who has an ac­tiv­ity the li­brary can do or would like to sug­gest some­thing to

add to the Con can con­tact Lesko at the li­brary at 501778-4766. While she can’t guar­an­tee it will be added this year, it could be part of next year’s Con.

The Con will also be the last day to turn in read­ing logs to be en­tered in Sum­mer Read­ing Prizes.

Spe­cial to the Sa­line Courier

Ark­lug plans to bring its Leggo ac­tiv­i­ties and dis­plays back to this year’s SCL Con at Herzfeld Memo­rial Li­brary July 27.

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