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The Perham Public Library and New York Mills Regional Cultural Center have teamed together to bring area youth a variety of free creative activities. All activities will take place at the library. The fun begins on Tuesday, June 8 with story time at 10:15 a.m. Each month will feature a different theme with June being "Critters", July "Recycle, Reuse and Save the Planet" and an August theme of "Puppetry". The July and August schedule of events will be published later.

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On Saturday, June 12 at 1 p.m. Jim Gerholdt, a well-known Minnesota herpetologist and author of 32 subject related books, will bring many of his wiggly friends, including a timber rattlesnake, to the library for kids to see and touch. His critter presentation will explore the importance of regional protected species. Kids will learn how to identify poisonous snakes and a list of books on reptiles and amphibians will be available through the library.

Tuesday, June 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. there will be Art In Your Park creative art activities in the adjacent park where kids will create their own "Critters". An older sibling or adult must accompany children under the age of 7 and in the event of inclement weather the art activities will take place in the library meeting room.

NY Mills kids

This summer is packed with many creative and exciting opportunities for area youth. The NYM Public Library, Mills IMPACT Team and NYM Regional Cultural Center have pooled their resources to deliver story hours, movie times and a wide variety of free artistic hands-on activities. Each month will carry it's own theme with June being "Critters", July "Recycle, Reuse and Save the Planet" and August "Puppetry and Finnish Culture". Schedules for July and August will be published later.

At the NYM Library on Monday, June 7 at 1 p.m. there will be a story hour and on Friday, June 11 at 1:00 the "Bee Movie" will be shown on the new big screen TV.

At the NYM School Monday, June 14 at 10 a.m. Jim Gerholdt, a well-known Minnesota herpetologist and author of 32 books, will bring a timber rattlesnake and other wiggly friends to teach the importance of protected species in our area. The attendees will also learn how to identify poisonous snakes. Later that day Gerholdt will present again at 1 p.m. in Lund Park in conjunction with the annual Art In Your Park workshops for children aged 3-12. Call Community Education 385-2553 to register for the morning presentation.

The Art In Your Park schedule is as follows: Monday, June 14 from 10-12 in Smith Park and from 1-3 in Lund Park with Jim Gerholdt. Wednesday, June 16 from 10-12 in Southside Park and from 1-3 in Lund Park. A youth team will host all the events scheduled and no pre-registration is required. An older sibling or adult must accompany children under the age of 7. In the event of inclement weather, the activity moves to the Cultural Center.

At the Cultural Center there will be drawing classes June 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to noon for ages 8-12 and 2-4 p.m. for ages 13-18. Printmaking classes will be held June 23, 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to noon for ages 8-12 and 2-4 p.m. for ages 13-18. Each student will leave with their very own materials to continue their artistic adventures throughout the summer. Registration required by calling Community Education at 383-2553.

Funding

These projects were funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage.

The amendment to the state constitution increased the state sales tax by three-eighths of a percent and will raise about $275 million a year.

The NYM and Perham Public Libraries, Viking Library System, Mills IMPACT Team and NYM Regional Cultural Center sponsor these programs.

Lynn Kasma is the Education Outreach Program Coordinator at the New York Mills Arts Retreat and Regional Cultural Center

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