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Fun leads to funds at library event


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Can you stack giant water jugs on top of each other?

Can you balance four or more pop cans on a dinner plate floating on water?

Do you like pizza?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re in luck. The third annual Library FUN-Raiser is coming Friday. It’s called “Get Your Game On,” and the event is at the Foundation For Youth, 405 Hope Ave., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Major sponsors for the event are Lohmeyer Plumbing, Old National Bank and McCabe Orthodontics.

Attendees can play fun, 30-second games such as the ones mentioned above. Each $5 ticket allows you to play five games. Last year’s event had 15 different game stations, so there will be plenty to choose from. All ages are welcome to play.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade who successfully complete their competition ticket will be eligible to compete in a finals event for a $50 cash prize. Last year’s final for the youngsters was a challenge to see who could be the first to unspool a roll of toilet paper being held on a rod. I should know, since I was holding up the rod.

We will also have food for sale at the event, and there will be a bounce house set up nearby.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Bartholomew County Library Associates. This is our Library Friends group that helps pay for library events and purchases materials that are not funded through public money. This includes things such as reading club prizes, distinguished speaker fees, and community read books. Please know that when you’re supporting “Get Your Game On,” you are supporting future library programming. You can learn more about the Library Associates at mybcpl.org/associates.

We’ve been heavily advertising the “Get Your Game On” event on our Facebook and mybcpl.org website.

Speaking of Facebook, the public library is always seeking ways to enhance our social media presence. Last month, library staff member Curtis Hartwell launched “The Dirty in 30,” a semi-monthly video series detailing a different BCPL topic in 30 seconds or less. So far, he’s talked about the library’s Hoopla streaming video and audio service, Zinio online magazine service and brought in some celebrity guests to promote his alter ego Dr. Curt and his library dance party. These videos were shared on our library’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Look for more in the future.

Among other duties, Curtis will be our library’s social media coordinator, looking for new ways to promote the library online and continue to make entertaining videos. If you have suggestions on events you’d like to see at the library and how you’d like to hear about those events, don’t hesitate to let us know the next time you visit. We always welcome your suggestions, and we’ll see you at “Get Your Game On” on Friday.

Tyler Munn is a reference librarian at Bartholomew County Public Library

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