A tricky act ends library summer reading program
August 3, 2017
Jaws dropped and eyes bulged as French-Canadian Magician Jacques Simard mesmerized more than 30 children and adults with his sleight-of-hand, disappearing acts, fire balls and levitation tricks, at the CVIC Hall on Monday.
"Open your eyes, some times I'm too fast," Simard told the audience.
For more than 30 years comedian, mime, sleight-of-hand artist, singer, and actor, Simard has been featured in more than 4,000 stage performances of "Les Foiles de Paris" across the world: Quebec, Lille, Las Vegas, and Reno. He has performed in renowned casinos, such as the Venetian in Las Vegas and the Eldorado in Reno.
The performance on Monday was the finale for the Douglas County Library's summer reading program "build a better world."
Youth Services Librarian Kira Frederick said the reading program encouraged children to continue reading during summer vacation while inspiring a greener, safer and a more thoughtful place for everyone.
"There's a lot of creativity, imagination and practice that goes into a magic trick and I think that ties in perfectly with the build a better world program because it does take those skills to be open to the possibilities of how to make the world a better place," said Fredrick.
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The show may have been the finale for the summer reading program, but the library did not disappear with it.
Frederick said there are many programs still available at the library including back to school tips and a one-stop for homework and research opportunities.
"A lot of the time a visitor will come in for their accelerator reading books," she said. " We're happy to accommodate to them and help them find the perfect book."
Frederick said there are color-coordinated guides based on grade and reading level to help students find what they are looking for.
There is a computer in the children section with AWE Learning computer games for children ages 6-12. The computer includes an encyclopedia to help with homework, research papers, oral presentations and many school subjects.
"This is a really great place to come after school to do homework," said Frederick. "It's close to the high school which allows many students to come in study and hang out before going home."
She said there are a variety of research opportunities to fit all needs from books, to magazines, databases and more.
Frederick said toddler story time will continue in the fall and The Teen Advisory Board will begin in September. She also said the library is working on programs that will reach out to the schools throughout the academic year.
"We love reaching out to schools and community and presenting them with what we have to offer," she said. "It's very important they know."
Upcoming at the Library
Toddler story time continues at the library for children 18 months to three year old 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children will participate in music and felt-board stories. Preschool story time for children ages 3 to 5 years will be on Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. Music and crafts will be included.
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will continue in September and is set to meet at 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month.
READingPaws will continue 3-5 Thursdays. Parents must fill out a one-time permission form available at the library. On each visit children present a special bookmark to punch. On their eighth session they receive a free book.
For more information, connect with the Douglas County Public Library on Facebook and Twitter, douglas.lib.nv.us, or call 775-782-9841.
The Minden Library is located at 1625 Library Lane.