May Events at the Ephrata Public Library

April 26, 2011

Events for May
Please note: registration is required for programs. To register, visit our website.
 

Monday, May 2, 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Can You Dig It? Join us for a hands-on exploration of how plants grow from seed to leafy stalk. Grubby clothes for class and open windowsill at home recommended.  Grades K-3.

Monday, May 2, 6-8 p.m. – Chess Club Drop-In.Come in and play chess in the hallway. Boards provided.

Tuesday, May 3, 6 p.m. Screening of “How to Cook Your Life”. In this charming and enlightening film a Zen priest and a famous chef teach us how we connect food to the way we live our lives. The chef uses Zen Buddhism to teach about the problem of the disconnection from the physical world and how when you cook you give yourself the capacity to feel human again. Runtime: 94 minutes, Rated PG 13.

Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 p.m. Modern Classics Book Discussion: “Death in Venice” by Thomas Mann. Thomas Mann was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate, known for his series of highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas, noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intellectual. Death in Venice, this tale of forbidden love which has long intrigued the reading public, was his early masterpiece. Come discuss! Appropriate for teens and adults.

Wednesday, May 4, 3-5 p.m. Afterschool @ EPL: Gamer’s Club. Snacks provided.

Thursday, May 5, 6:30 p.m. “Little Known Facts about Colonial Lancaster County” with John Brown. Come learn about what makes Lancaster County’s history unique with Lecturer John Brown. In a few short decades of the early 1700’s immigrants from many European countries chose Lancaster County as their home. That diversity made Lancaster County unique, and some of those characteristics endure to this day.

Monday, May 9, 4-5 p.m. – Craft Time! Children grades 3-6 are invited for a special craft time. This month celebrates Memorial Day with a patriotic theme.

Monday, May 9, 6 p.m. Screening of “Bad Day to Go Fishing”. Jacob van Oppen – formerly “the strongest man on earth,” now a washed-up alcoholic – and his crafty manager, Orsini, make good money staging bogus wrestling matches in small South American towns. When this oddball duo arrives in the unassuming village of Santa Maria, business really takes off: the local newspaper sponsors the fight, and the quiet hamlet becomes plastered with posters announcing an open challenge to a worthy adversary. The ever-resourceful Orsini is sure he can find the right opponent to throw the fight, but fishing in Santa Maria yields a bigger catch than he’d hoped for. This film is not rated. Run time: 107 minutes. Spanish and English subtitles.

Monday, May 9, 6-8 p.m. – Chess Club Drop-In. Come in and play chess in the hallway. Boards provided.

Tuesday, May 10, 4 p.m. – Kids Reading Tales to Tailwaggers. Enjoy reading to a dog? Children in grades 1-4 are invited to read a story to a KPET certified dog. Each child may choose stories on his or her reading level lasting for approximately 10-12 minutes of reading. KPET therapy dogs and their handlers will be in the library’s story room. On the sign-up sheet you can indicate if you prefer the first or second half hour slot.

POV logoTuesday, May 10, 6 p.m. – Screening of the POV Film “The Kings of Pastry.” Imagine a scene never before witnessed: Sixteen French pastry chefs gathered in Lyon for three intense days of mixing, piping and sculpting everything from delicate chocolates to six-foot sugar sculptures in hopes of being declared by President Nicolas Sarkozy one of the best. This is the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition (Best Craftsmen in France). The blue, white and red striped collar worn on the jackets of the winners is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef – it is a dream and an obsession. The finalists, France’s culinary elite, risk their reputations as well as sacrifice family and finances in pursuit of this lifelong distinction of excellence. Similar to the Olympics, the three-day contest takes place everyfour years and it requires that the chefs not only have extraordinary skill and nerves of steel, but also a lot of luck.

Wednesday, May 11, 3-5 p.m. Afterschool @ EPL: Wacky Wednesday Teen Cartoon Afternoon. Snacks provided.

Thursday, May 12, 11 a.m. – Fun With Movement. Come join us for a fun time of moving to music. We will be learning how to play some fun musical games as well as using our bodies, scarves and parachutes to move with various types of music. Ages 3-6.

Thursday, May 12, 6 p.m. – Pajama Party Story Time. Join us for a sleepy time party! Come in your jammies with a favorite snuggle friend. Stories, non-hyper snack and games provided. (Ages 4-6.)

pingThursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m. – The Dewey Decimal Club: Nonfiction Book Discussion Group. Join us for a brand new book nonfiction book discussion group! This month’s book is “Biggest Brother: The Life Of Major Dick Winters, The Man Who Led The Band of Brothers” about an Ephrata native by an Ephrata native, Larry Alexander.

Monday, May 16, 3 p.m. – Fantasy Series Book Club. Tweens grades 5-7 are invited to this book-tasting club. This month’s selection is the “How To Train Your Dragon” series.

Monday, May 16, 6-8 p.m. – Chess Club Drop-In. Come in and play chess in the hallway. Boards provided.

Wednesday, May 18, 3-5 p.m. Afterschool @ EPL: Gamer’s Club. Snacks provided.

POV logoWednesday, May 18, 6 p.m. – Screening of the POV Film “My Perestroika.” After the world celebrated the end of the Cold War in the 1980s, a generation of Soviet children faced a new realm of possibilities. Was it liberating or devastating when Gen X Russians learned that the world they had been groomed to inhabit would soon no longer exist? Using previously unseen materials from Russian archives, Soviet television shows, training films and feature films, My Perestroika interweaves the visual world’s records with the narratives of people who came of age during Perestroika.

Thursday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. – Mystery Book Discussion Group. This month’s selection is “Along Came A Spider” by James Patterson. Life changes for Deputy Chief of Detectives Alex Cross when he is drawn into a high-profile case. Two nine-year-old children are kidnapped by a teacher, Gary Soneji, from the prestigious Washington Day School. Maggie Rose Dunne is the daughter of an actress, and Michael “Shrimpie” Goldberg is the son of the Secretary of Treasury. A ransom of $10 million is demanded.

Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m. – Family Story Time. The entire family can participate by listening to stories, singing songs, making crafts and enjoying a snack. The theme of the story time will be announced on the sign-up sheet. (Stories and activities are planned for children 3-7, but older and younger siblings are also welcome.

Monday, May 23, 6-8 p.m. – Chess Club Drop-In. Come in and play chess in the hallway. Boards provided.

Wednesday, May 25, 3-5 p.m. Afterschool @ EPL: Wacky Wednesday Teen Cartoon Afternoon. Snacks provided.

Thursday, May 26, 11 a.m. – Fun With Movement. Come join us for a fun time of moving to music. We will be learning how to play some fun musical games as well as using our bodies, scarves and parachutes to move with various types of music. Ages 3-6.

POV logoTuesday, May 31, 6 p.m. – Screening of the POV Film “Sweetgrass.” An unsentimental elegy to the American West, “Sweetgrass” follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana’s breathtaking and often dangerous Absaroka-Beartooth mountains for summer pasture. This astonishingly beautiful yet unsparing film reveals a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, vulnerability and violence are all intimately meshed.

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