Local library’s SRP continues into July

The NPL was home to a few four-legged patrons last month with the crew of Animalogy. “Galaxy’s Wild Frontiers” explored many animals and their varying habitats all over the world. Here Mary Beth Gunter shows patrons an Angora rabbit, unique in that it’s fur is harvested like a sheep’s and used to make ultra-soft fabric. Children were also visited by a prairie dog, a miniature pig and twin pygmy goats!

There are only two more weeks of Children’s Summer Reading Program (SRP) performances at the Natchitoches Parish Library this summer. They’ve already seen magic, music, science, animals and stories, now the library is ready for movement and theater performances

The NPL will host Stories in Motion with Liz Bragdon Wednesday, July 26 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and again Thursday, July 27 at 10 a.m., then at 2 p.m. at City of Refuge Church in Campti. Stories in Motion incorporates movement into the storytelling process, inviting kids to take part in these tales with a twist. This is the story time kids have been craving, where they become part of the story.

Finally, NSU’s improve troupe, “Out on a Limb” will return with their unique, entertaining and fun interactive theater. Shows will occur July 17 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the NPL, and July 18 at 10 a.m. at the NPL and 2 p.m. at City of Refuge Church in Campti.

If any children haven’t been registered for summer reading, it’s not too late! Those enrolling this month still have the opportunity to read for past rewards and catch up. The reading portion of the program will end Saturday, Aug. 10.

Adults will have a special virtual reality game night July 9 from 5-7 p.m. Anyone 18+ is invited to try out one of several VR systems on a game truck that will be at the NPL. No sign-up is required for this event.

Adults and teens may attend a joint-July “crafternoon,” July 11 from 3:30-5 p.m., where they will be making their own bath bombs and moon necklaces! This will be followed by another evening of art for adults July 16, with “Starry Night Painting Class,” taught by Annabel Jones, from 6-8 p.m. Sign-up is required.

Patrons are invited to view the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 moon landing on its 50th anniversary, Saturday, July 20 from 2-4 p.m. Learn more about the NASA space program of that time and share your memories. Open to the public, no registration required.

Join NPL staff at Cane River Brewery for “Brews and Boards” July 26 from 7-9 p.m. There will be a variety of board games and teachers for you to quickly learn the rules. No registration required.

Teen programming will continue at the NPL in July as well, with “Messy Science: SLIME!” July 12 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Star Wars Fandom July 18 at 6 p.m.; and Sci-Fi Filking July 25 from 3:30-5 p.m. These events do not require registration.

For a full schedule of summer events and more information on these events, visit natlib.org or the NPL’s Facebook page.