Marshall Public Library seems to be the place to be this summer, offering crafts, exercise, movies, reading time and more.
The library bustled with activity Tuesday, shaking things up that morning with a Zumba fitness party, led by Shake n Move Fitness instructor Shannon Johnson.
“We had a lot of kids this morning,” said head librarian Anna Lane. “Ms. Shannon, who led the Zumba class, even had a Congo line going through the library. I think that might’ve been a first!
“We plan on continuing the fun all summer,” said Lane.
Tuesday also served as the return of the library’s special tweens/teens “Crafternoons” program.
Public service librarian Jennifer Weaver Jones said the library created the tweens and teens activities last year to provide an exclusive program catered to ages 11 to 18.
“Today we’re making miniatures out of polymer clay,” she said Tuesday. “We’ll have a craft each week for this age group.”
The “Crafternoons” will be offered every Tuesday from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
“The first week is today,” said Jones.
She said participants can drop in and stay as long as they want. Crafting books from the library will also be available in the class for review.
“They’re all available for check out and to showcase the books we have and encourage reading,” said Jones.
In addition to Tuesday “Crafternoons,” the library also offers Monday movie matinees for ages 11-18.
“We try to do current movies or space themes,” said Jones, noting the theme for this year’s summer reading program is “A Universe of Stories.”
The library will also host a Tween/Teen Book Club every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
“This year, tweens/teens are invited to read “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick along with us!” the library’s Facebook page said. “This program is free, but sign-up is required to make sure we have enough books for everyone.”
For a list of all summer programs offered for all age groups at the library visit Marshall Public Library’s Facebook page.