Ladies and gentlemen, Schuyler Public Library presents “Dancing like the Stars!” If you haven’t already done so, circle Saturday, March 5, on your calendar and plan to attend “Dancing like the Stars” at the Oak Ballroom. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the dance competition gets underway at 7. The Schuyler Public Library Foundation in partnership with the Schuyler Public Library Board of Trustees is sponsoring the event to support the library’s new building project.

For those who don’t already know, this fundraiser is modeled after television’s very popular “Dancing with the Stars.” Dancers will represent a variety of ages, cultures and dance styles as they compete for trophies and cash prizes. Guests at the event will vote for their favorite dancers at a cost of $1 per vote. Dancers with the largest number of votes will receive the People’s Choice award. Guest judges will also name their own champion.

Admission is $10 for adults, while children ages 5 and younger are $5. Following the conclusion of the competition there will be a public dance featuring music by DJ Chato. We hope to see everyone at the Oak Ballroom on Saturday night, and don’t forget those dancing shoes!

As we turn the calendar from February to March we see that spring is just around the corner on March 20. As spring arrives, that means only one thing for me, time to get ready for summer reading 2016! This year’s theme for the children-based program is “On Your Mark, Get Set ... Read!”

The program is designed to tap into children’s passion for play. This summer we will explore sports, games and movement through books, activities, science experiments, art projects and more. In addition to enjoying playing together, our young patrons will gain knowledge and understanding of various sports and games, including some they’ve probably never heard of before. They will have the opportunity to challenge themselves, try new things and work together to set records.

In looking at this year’s program outline, it appears that the sessions may have to run a little longer than we have in the past, just to facilitate the activities that are suggested. There will be reading, inside activities and, best of all, outside activities designed to get young readers moving. It promises to be a fun time for all, so plan on participating in “On Your Mark, Get Set ... Read!” this summer. Program details will be available at a later date.

Until then, be sure to stop in and take advantage of all that your library has to offer. See you soon!

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