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Yuma libraries have summer fun for all ages
Library cards are free to all residents or property owners of Yuma County, and are also issued free to all active U.S. military personnel.
All you need is a photo I.D. with your current physical address. If your I.D. has a P.O. box, bring something else that verifies your address, like a rent receipt or utility bill.
Readers under the age of 18 only require is a signature from a parent or guardian.
For more information, call the Circulation Department at the Main Library at 373-6492, or contact your local branch library.
Yuma County’s libraries have a full slate of brain-engaging activities this summer that are free, fun and family-friendly.
The theme is "Dig into Reading," with many of the activities encouraging study of the natural world. (See list below)
For young kids, there will be a magician, a balloon artist, dinosaur fossils (as explained by a mime) and explorations of the critters of the Imperial Wildlife Refuge and the role of the earthworm. Teens will have a highly interactive program, with a book club, filmmaking, a water balloon fight, silk-screening and a slumber party. They will also get to play during a live-action, full-scale game of "Angry Birds" and a two-day program where they’ll build and launch rockets made out of soda bottles, under the tutelage of an engineer from Yuma Proving Ground.
And for adults, there will be talks from academics about the Colorado River Delta, prehistoric Arizona, insects and art, plus some culinary history, skits from the Colorado River Riders about Yuma mining, a look at some of the kooky things plumbers find in our pipes and a showing of "An Inconvenient Truth."
One of the first shows up and one known to please the little ones is AZ Rick, the Balloon Cowboy, who will make a return to Yuma to twist and tie humble tubes of colored rubber into fantastic creations. He will entertain at all eight of the branches starting on June 11.
Sarah Wisdom, community relations manager for Yuma County Library District, says he is always a big hit. "He makes balloon sculptures. Not just simple little dogs or cats... He made one kid into SpongeBob SquarePants and another kid into Mr. Krabs."
And for those kids who really like to root around in the dirt, consider "Worm Drive: The Musical!" Also appearing at all eight libraries, this show features songs and skits in appreciation of the earthworm, who gives back much to our soil and food. Live worms will join the human performers, Farmer Ron and his pal Gavan.
"They really talk up the earthworm," Wisdom said. "They call him the Mighty Earthworm."
Some activities will be held at all of the libraries, while others will be in select locations. To dig up all the dates, times and places of the various events, visit www.yumalibrary.org.
AZ Rick, Balloon Cowboy: June 11-14
Imperial Wildlife Refuge: June 18, 19, 21
Worm Drive: The Musical!: June 25-28
Magician Richard Steele: July 9-12
Dinosaurs Exposed! With mime Kirby Soderberg: July 16-19
Soda bottle rockets: June 14 (build), June 15 (launch)
Angry Birds: Live!: June 21
Book club meeting ("Unwind" by Neal Shusterman): June 24
Film making marathon: June 28
Water balloon fight: July 5
T-shirt silk-screening with Red Rohall: July 9-11
Overnight party: July 15
Book club meeting ("Between Shades of Gray" by Ruta Sepetys): July 29
"An Inconvenient Truth" screening and discussion: June 10 (Main)
Arizona During Dinosaur Days*: June 11 (Main)
In the Dining Car on the Underground Railroad*: June 11-19 (All libraries)
Mining in Yuma with the Colorado River Riders*: June 15 (Main), June 22 (San Luis), June 29 (Foothills)
Colorado River Delta: June 18 (Main)
Insects Underground*: June 27 (Main)
Earthworks: July 2 (Main)
Plumbing the Depths*: July 9 (Foothills)
July 11 (Main)