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Hays Public Library events

Notably one of the most popular children's stories to date, loved by parents and children alike, "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its original publication, and we're celebrating too. At 4 p.m. Tuesday, the youth services department will host an anniversary party complete with mini monster cheese balls and monster photo frames. Join us for food, fun, games, crafts and more.

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The Friends of the Hays Public Library annual spring book sale will continue from 1 to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. The sale is an inch sale. Patrons will pay only 25 cents per inch of books (measuring the width of spines while stacked). Membership in the Friends is available, with fees of $1 for youth (18 and younger) and $5 for individual membership. There are also options for family and lifetime memberships. All proceeds support programs at the library.

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At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, youth services will host the Fort Hays State University Chemistry Club Magic Show in the Bowerman Story Hour Room on the second floor of the library. Demonstrations of chemistry experiments will dazzle, and children will get to see hands-on science experiments in a fun, innovative way.

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The library will host a presentation on Czech Settlements in Kansas at 6 p.m. Thursday. The presenentation will be led by Trego County native Steve Parke.

He has lived in  Colorado  since 1984 and began conducting Kansas  ethnic community research in 1987, soon gaining the support of the Bukovina Society of the  Americas, which was  formed in Ellis.  He later joined Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International based in  St. Paul,  Minn., and between these two organizations, Parke has completed writings and conducted presentations through the years.  

"I have a master's of divinity and various ministerial experiences, all of which gave me great exposure to and much appreciation of cultural diversity both within my own culture and outside of it," Parke said.  "In fact, it was in working with multiple cultures outside of my own that drove me to further understand my own background.  In addition to work on the Bukovina Germans and the Czechs, I've also worked with the history and culture of the Irish, my grandfather Peter Parke's cultural roots."

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At 2 p.m. Saturday, adult services will host the annual Edible Books Festival. Participants are invited to play with their food and create an edible work of art based on the form, title or content of a book. Drop off for entries is between 3 and 5 p.m. Friday and between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. The Edible Books Festival will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Participation from all age groups is encouraged. No registrations are required to view the submissions and vote for your favorites.

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In keeping with the theme of the Edible Books Festival, the Friends of the Hays Public Library will host a cookbook sale at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Schmidt Gallery. The book sale will end when the Festival is over.

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Youth services is taking storytime off-site again, with a trip to Sternberg Museum of Natural History at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The museum will host Dandy Dinosaur Storytime. A tour of the museum will follow.