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Creativity And Reading At Riverbank Library
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The Riverbank Library has activities for children, teens, and adults each month that are free and, for many of the workshops, all supplies are provided by the Friends of the Library. This Wednesday, July 17 at 11 a.m., guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a summer reading program called Didgeridoo Down Under (DDU) provided by the Library Foundation.

This Australian variety show combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation. As stated on their website, “The didgeridoo, usually a hollow tree trunk, has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, and is known for its otherworldly sound. But DDU is much more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and super fun – perfect for kids and families.”

This past Tuesday they had an Art Lab that was called Musical Painting in the afternoon. This activity was a bit like musical chairs but with paintings.

The week prior, on Tuesday, July 9 participants were invited to create their own microphones with a toilet paper roll and a variety of creative options including markers, construction paper, and all kinds of bling. There were several youngsters on hand that were very focused and very excited with their creations.

“I think the Microphone Craft went really well,” noted Librarian Vicky Holt.  “There were 17 children participating. The Friends did provide the craft supplies. We had kids from ages 2 years old to 17 years old. The parents had as much fun as the children. It really brought out the kid’s creativity. Each microphone was different.”

The library still hosts a Bilingual story time, Preschool story time, a Teen Book Club and the Riverbank Library Book Club where members can expand their knowledge with discussions about books with others.

On Tuesday, July 30 teens and adults are invited to make guitar pick jewelry out of upcycled gift cards. This craft is for ages 12 and up.

Coming up the first week of August, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, participants can make masquerade masks with puff paint and tulle cloth for ages 12 and up.

The Riverbank Library is at 3442 Santa Fe St., in the downtown area. For more information, call 209-869-7008.

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The microphone craft at the Riverbank Library had several kids focused on their craft like this little lady that colored her microphone top silver.