Meeting Room - Maze Branch

Adult Improv Workshop

Looking for a way to let your inner comedian run free? Want to improve your quick-thinking skills? Join us for a night of spontaneous comedy. All skill levels welcome. Warning: hilarity will ensue...

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The Book vs. The Movie Debate: Part Deux

Let your voice be heard at the second installment of our friendly book/film debate. This time we'll discuss which was better: the book or the movie of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." - BONUS - We will also talk about the upcoming film adaptation of John Green's "The Fault In Our Stars," and will be giving away two tickets to the premiere! Copies of both books and the movie will be available for checkout at the Maze Branch Library one month prior to the event. Best for ages 13+.

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Busy Brains Exhibition

Keep those brains busy this summer! Through a variety of exhibit stations, learn about the principles of rotation, flight, gravity, construction, air/water pressure, and excavation. Best for ages 5+.

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T.O.: "The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp" Book Discussion & Terrarium Make

Raccoon brothers Bingo and J'miah are the eyes and the ears of the Sugar Man Swamp. Unfortunately, catastrophic news is afoot! World-class alligator wrestler Jaeger Stitch wants to drain the swamp and turn it into the Alligator World Wrestling Arena and Theme Park. When the raccoon brothers team up with twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, the struggle begins to save the swamp, and all of the other animals that call it home. Join us for a discussion of this imaginative book, with a terrarium craft to follow. For kids going into 4th, 5th, or 6th grade.

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T.O.: Flora and Ulysses Book Discussion & Journal-Making Craft

Comic book-obsessed, self-defined cynic Flora Belle Buckman's life is forever changed after rescuing a squirrel from a vacuum cleaner. However, this rodent turns out to be far from typical--he begins to exhibit astonishing feats of flying and strength, and has a gift for writing poetry as well! Join us for a discussion of this 2014 Newbery Medal winner, with a journal-making craft to follow. For kids going into 4th, 5th, or 6th grade.

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T.O.: "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" Book Discussion & Scavenger Hunt

Twelve-year-old Kyle and a group of students are chosen for an overnight lock-in at the town's new library. Designed by famous game designer Luigi Lemoncello, the library is packed with interactive learning consoles and state of the art materials. A night of fun is almost guaranteed. Come morning though, the adventure gets real--just like a board game, they must figure out clues and solve puzzles in order to escape! Join us for a discussion of this exciting book, with a library scavenger hunt to follow. For kids going into 4th, 5th, or 6th grade.

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Kids Craft: Ladybugs

How many spots does a ladybug have? As many as you want! Join us as we use paint to transform rocks into these pretty insects. Best for ages 3+.

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What's Cooking?

Each month we'll ask you to make two recipes from a designated cookbook: we'll choose the first recipe and ask you to make it at home; you choose the second and bring it to our discussion to share.We'll meet to discuss both recipes and to sample the one you chose. We'll have a potluck of tasty treats! This month's selection is Pioneer Woman Cooks: A year of Holidays by Ree Drummond, and our recipe choice is My Favorite Pasta Salad. Copies of the book are available at Maze one month prior to the event.

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Southern Fiction: The Secret of Magic

Whether you are from the South and want to go back or if you've always wanted to live there, these books will satisfy that yearning with stories of the history and bravery that many of us wonder if we possess. This month we will read The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson. What secrets and lies do these folks of Mississippi have, and will they come to light?
Copies of The Secret of Magic will be available at Maze Branch a month before the discussion. Library book discussions are open to all who are committed to reading and talking about books.

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Southern Fiction: Queen Sugar

Whether you are from the South and want to go back or if you've always wanted to live there, these books will satisfy that yearning with stories of the history and bravery that many of us wonder if we possess. This month we will read Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile
What would you do with 800 acres of Louisiana sugarcane?

Copies of Queen Sugar will be available at Maze Branch a month before the discussion. Library book discussions are open to all who are committed to reading and talking about books.

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