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Lively Library Events In June
The bunny that magically appeared in a box was a big hit with the youngsters at the magic show presented by Shawn Durham where they each got to give the bunny a little love pat at the end of the show. VIRGINIA STILL/THE NEWS


The library has books, computers, free programs for adults and youngsters, and a variety of entertaining events like Magician Shawn Durham, who performed at the Riverbank Library on Wednesday, June 3 kicking off the summer fun at the library.

Bringing a little summertime magic to Riverbank, Durham had several kids in awe as he made a goldfish appear in a fish bowl out of paper, turned a white handkerchief red, a white dove appeared out of his bag of mystery, and he performed a few card tricks along with many more magical moments.

There were over 30 kids and several adults that filled the room at the library where you could find smiles, laughter, applause and surprises throughout Durham’s performance.

With a room full of volunteers, Durham had a number of youngsters assist him with his illusions. One of his acts included a floating table that flew right over their heads and a surprise appearance from the cutest black and white bunny which most of the kids were eager to pet. At the end of the show all the kids lined up and took turns petting the bunny in the magic hat. The kids also got to take home a page that had images of magic Shawn and friends which they could color. Tickets were free to families and the event was sponsored by the Friends of the Riverbank Library.

The Riverbank Library will offer free crafts and activities for tweens, teens and adults; beginning with an afternoon of button making and Wii games on Wednesday, June 17 at 2 p.m. Teens and tweens are invited to bring images from home to customize their buttons, including photographs and magazine images. The library will also provide recycled magazines from which participants may select images, as well as craft supplies for creating original button designs. Teens and tweens can put their strategy and teamwork skills to the test on the library’s Nintendo Wii console. Participants can also enjoy a superhero bean bag toss and light refreshments. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Riverbank Library.

Adults and teens are invited to participate in a special jewelry making craft on Saturday, June 20 at 2 p.m. Crafters will learn how to turn hardware into unique pieces of jewelry. All supplies will be provided by the Friends of the Riverbank Library.

The Riverbank Library Book Club will meet on Tuesday, June 23 at 4 p.m. to discuss The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks. Library book clubs provide an opportunity for community members to expand their knowledge of books through meaningful discussion with others. A limited number of books are available for checkout at the library’s circulation desk.

The Riverbank Library is at 3442 Santa Fe St. in Riverbank.

For more information, contact the Riverbank Library at (209) 869-7008.