Kids Life is part of the River of Life Christian Center’s children’s ministry. According to Children’s Pastor, Destiny Leiker, “We provide a fun and exciting atmosphere to help children grow healthy friendships and learn about God’s love. We’re always looking for fresh ideas to reach the kids of our community and give them fun character-building activities. Partnering with the Gloria Theatre allows us to offer this exciting opportunity to the community to come out and enjoy a great movie in a great place with free admission.”
A new bicycle will be raffled off along with several “Movie Fun Packs” that include free tickets, concession vouchers and candy.
The Gloria Theatre is a project of the GrandWorks Foundation whose mission is to reach, restore and revive the community. Staci Weller, GrandWorks CEO, commented that “this partnership with Kids Life is exactly the type of thing our community needs. We hope to see hundreds of children and their parents take advantage of this opportunity. By the way, since it’s a morning movie, we decided it would be cool to offer milk and donuts along with all of our regular concessions.”
Saturdays, August 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2021 from 11 am-2 pm: Anime Club Ages 13 +. Do you enjoy the art and storytelling of Japanese manga and anime? Are you looking for a group to fan girl/boy about your favorites? Looking for new series to enjoy? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then Anime Club at the Library is the group for you! Anime Club meets every Saturday from 11:00AM- 2:00PM. Hope to see you there!
Monday, August 9, 2021 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Explorer’s Club Ages 6 (Kindergarten) – 5th Grade. Explorer’s Club meets on the second Monday of every month from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Each month we will explore a different topic. In August, we will explore Dinosaurs!
Thursday, August 12, 2021 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Lego Club Ages 5 – 12. Imagine it. Build it. Legos and K'nex will be provided. Donations of new Legos or money to purchase additional Legos are welcome. We also collect used Legos in good condition. If you have Legos looking for a new home, please consider donating them to the library.
Thursday, August 12, 2021 from 6 pm-7pm: Quilt Guild. All Ages. Come exchange ideas and tricks to quilting!
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 1 pm-2pm: Posture Screenings. All Ages. Sertell Chiropractic will be at the Mechanicsburg Public Library Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 1 - 2 PM for posture screenings!
Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 4:30 pm-5:30 pm: Art with Lisa. All Ages. Come create an art piece with Lisa Ware!
Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 10 am-11 am: Paint Pouring with Lynn. Ages 11+. Come learn the turkey pour technique! Registration required!
Monday, August 23, 2021 from 4 pm-5 pm: Generation What’s Next Ages 11 – 18. Design the future of programming at the library. Let your voice be heard!
Monday, August 23, 2021 from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm: Book Chatter Ages 18 +. Come talk about books and what you are reading or your favorite book!
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm: Mason Jar Lid Coasters. Ages 18+.
Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm: Generation Next: DIY Locker Decor Ages 11 – 18. Come create magnets for your locker for the school year!
Hotspots Mechanicsburg Public Library is pleased to announce their new Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot lending program which will help make information more accessible to community members. The Mobile Hotspot lending collection provides patrons greater access to the Internet away from the library and furthers the Library's mission to support the informational, educational, economical, cultural, and recreational development of Mechanicsburg. Hotspots may be checked out for two weeks (14 days) by patrons age 18 and older. To request a Hotspot, please call or stop by the library.
Hoopla Digital Hoopla Digital is a new service now available that includes instant access to over 500,000 eBooks, audiobooks, comics, streaming video (movies & television shows), and streaming music. Mechanicsburg patrons can borrow 10 items per month. Download the Hoopla Digital app for iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire or visit the Hoopla website to make an account with your library card and get started! If you don't have a library card, you can get a digital card online. Hoopla is also compatible with Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and Roku. Please call or stop by the library if you have questions about Hoopla.
Beanstack! Register Now! Download the Beanstack Tracker app or visit www.mechanicsburgohlibrary.beanstack.com. Complete your goal!
Curbside Click & Collect Service! A new service is available through the SEO Libraries app. Curbside Click & Collect is an easy way to pick up items on hold via curbside service. Look for the Click & Collect button on the Holds section of your app. You can begin the process for eligible items and let them know when you arrive at the library all through the app - no phone call required! Visit their website https://www.mechanicsburg.lib.oh.us/ or call 937-834-2004 for more information!
At-Home COVID-19 Tests! The Mechanicsburg Public Library is excited to provide free COVID-19 at-home tests through curbside pickup. To use a test kit, you must have access to the internet and either a smart phone/tablet with a camera or a computer/laptop with a webcam. Anyone can access a free test during operational hours. Patrons may request more than one test (limit of five tests per family). Thanks to support from the Ohio Department of Health and its partnership with Abbott and eMed to bring rapid, reliable testing into the home. Visit their website https://www.mechanicsburg.lib.oh.us/ or call 937-834-2004 for more information!
Wireless Printing! Mechanicsburg Public Library is pleased to announce that they have installed Princh, a wireless documents! Visit their website https://www.mechanicsburg.lib.oh.us/ or call 937-834-2004 for more information!
Returning this year is the popular “dunk tank,” corn hole tournament, best salsa contest, hot pepper eating contest and suck, chew and blow contest.
The Hoopla Parade featuring the Dayton Antioch Shriners and their miniature vehicles will return and Dwight Paul, parade chairman, welcomes groups, bands, clubs and neighborhoods to participate. If interested, email Paul for details at email@example.com.
It’s time to “tweak” your favorite chili recipe and take advantage of the discount offered to early entries.
Entry forms are available online at www.chilicookoffofurbana.com and are discounted until Sept. 10, 2021.
In addition, vendor applications are available online for those wishing to join the fun. Deadline for all applications is Sept. 17 or until spaces are filled. Spaces are limited.
New recreational opportunity in the works
The 225-acre park is a destination due to its valuable biodiversity and breadth of life forms, making it unique from other natural parks in the state.
Dr. Dave Smith, owner of Freshwater Farms and the committee’s aquaculture expert, described the “rich seasonal palette of natural beauty” resulting from six lakes and miles of hiking trails.
On July 18, the park will be open for a preview day with a plethora of events to welcome families, educators, corporate partners and others to experience the park.
While guests won’t be allowed to fish or enter the water on this preview day, activities will abound for all age groups and nature enthusiasts. Other educational displays and activities will be provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and three local libraries. Water demonstrations of paddleboard yoga, kayaking, and canoeing with Birch Bark Canoe Livery will be seen from the big lake. Hands-on nature exploration with Tinkergarten therapists to promote wellness in children will also be a must-see. Attendees can learn about amphibians, dragonflies, invasive plants, goats as sustainable weed control, and hike a number of trails all at the event.
Advisory committee member Allison Cox says she joined the re-opening effort to help create “generational change and bring together nature and wellness.”
The other members reflect similar interests in nature, wildlife habitats, hiking, camping, and community partnerships. Future events are being developed, and community members are encouraged to visit the City of Urbana’s website under the Parks and Recreation section if they have questions or wish to volunteer.
The park is trash-free, so attendees should not bring any disposables onto the property. Those attending on Sunday are encouraged to wear sunscreen, bring a reusable water bottle and wear comfortable walking shoes to the park.
To volunteer at this event, click here!
This Thursday we will officially be in the month of July, but don't worry! Monument Square District Urbana has events booked all year long! Save the dates for their upcoming affairs, along with other events that are happening locally!