Education Spotlight: Night at the Library brings big top to town Tuesday

Paul Sawyier Public Library is hosing a carnival night Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Kids of all ages and families are welcome to attend. (Chanda Veno/State Journal)

If the excitement of fall break has already worn off, the carnival is coming to town.

Only, it’s coming to the library.

On Tuesday, Cincinnati Circus performers will transform Paul Sawyier Public Library into the big top.

From 6-8 p.m., a magician, juggler and knife-thrower will delight children and families at Night at the Library. There will also be a face-painter, crafts and activities, according to Erinn Conness, the library’s youth services coordinator.

“It will be great people-watching, entertaining and fun,” she said.

An obstacle course will be set up in the Community Room. The performers will be in the River Room, although Conness said the magician and juggler may wander throughout the building.

Funded by Friends of Paul Sawyier Public Library, the event is expected to draw a large crowd, Conness said.

“On Facebook, 98 people confirmed they are coming and 700 are marked as interested,” she said. “We’re going to get everybody as happy as possible.”

But that’s not the only item filling the library’s schedule while local students are on fall break.

With fall break in full swing for both the city and county school systems, the library is also planning an event at the Kentucky State University Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm, 1525 Mills Lane, on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon.

In addition to crafts and activities, children of all ages and their caretakers are invited to tour the farm, which includes goats, bees, fish and organic plants.

“Kids can get close to the animals,” Conness said.

On Friday, from 11 a.m. to noon, the library will host a book-inspired STEAM Day. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

The next major event library staff are preparing for is the “Spooky Library,” which is slated for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19.

The after-hours event will feature a “Wizard of Oz”-themed miniature golf course and a monsters laboratory. There will also be games, crafts and activities for families.

“It’s just the right amount of spooky, not scary,” Conness said.

Registration is not required for any of these programs.

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