The Cambridge Public Library, in collaboration with Hubbard Hall, presents three special events on Wednesday evenings this summer as part of their Summer Reading Program.
Wednesday, June 29 at 6:30 PM, at Hubbard Hall, Jim Snack opens the series with a wonderful magic show for children of all ages. The region’s most renowned magician and a master of sleight-of-hand, Jim Snack brings everything he needs except an assistant. That’s where you come in. Not only will Jim amaze and amuse you – he’ll make you a part of the action.
Wednesday, July 6 at 6:30 PM, at Hubbard Hall, The Grumbling Gryphons present “Anansi – The Trickster Spider: A West African Folktale,” a participatory performance for children of all ages. A pre-performance drama workshop will be held from 4:30 -5:30 PM prior to the performance. Young actors will have the opportunity to learn dramatic roles and play alongside the actors in the show. Director Leslie Elias and her cast will train young actors in such roles as elephants, hippos, bees, spiders, monkeys and villagers. Children will learn songs and chants and practice their parts for their special participation in the 6:30 performance. There is a limit of 25 participating roles for kids and they must sign up ahead of time at the Cambridge Public Library to be included in the performance.
Wednesday July 13, at 6:30 PM, at Hubbard Hall. Trish Marki from The Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York will present “Silent Wings: A Live Raptor Program.” Learners of all ages will see live birds of prey up-close and learn about the different species’ behaviors and habitats. There will be hands-on learning with real feathers, talons and bones, as well as information on local wildlife, wildlife rehabilitation and what to do if you find injured or orphaned wildlife. Ms. Marki will also discuss the conservation issues that impact raptors and how to make a difference.
Summer Reading Program events are FREE but each requires a ticket for admission which can be obtained at the Cambridge Public Library. Funding for all three programs was provided by a generous grant from the Stewarts Corporation and from the earnings from the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library book sale, which is ongoing during library open hours in the downstairs community room.
In addition to these three events, the Summer Reading Challenge will start the week of June 20th. Upon enrollment, kids will receive a form that parents will initial as a child completes a book or reading milestone. Kids have until Labor Day to return their completed forms to the library to receive a $10 gift certificate from the Friends of the Library. Participants have until Nov. 30th to spend their gift certificate at one of the following vendors in the community: The Cambridge Food Coop, Deluge Designs and Gifts, Over the Moon Beads, Battenkill Books and The Village Store. The Summer Reading Challenge and gift certificates are sponsored by The Friends of the Cambridge Public library and the library’s board of directors.
For more information regarding tickets to the three shows or enrollment in the Summer Reading Challenge, please call the Library at 518-677-2443.