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Anatta Blackmarr: Tickle your fancy and sweeten your summer with these activities.

COURTESY PHOTO: ANATTA BLACKMARR - Angel Ocasio will be an upcoming performer for the kids events at the libraries in Oak Lodge and Gladstone.In case you haven't heard, there's a marvelous array of entertainment treats for kids at the Oak Lodge and Gladstone libraries this summer. Puppet shows. Juggling. Comedy. Taiko drumming. And much more!

Wonderful Wednesdays start at 11:30 a.m. at the Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., through July 27, and then at the Gladstone Library, 135 E. Dartmouth St., through Aug. 24.

July 27 — Trip But Don't Fall, featuring comedy by Hank the Circus Chicken. Kids get free lunch from 11 a.m.-noon at this Gladstone event date.

Aug. 3 — Good Stories From All Over, tales of adventure, enchantment, humor, and suspense told by Christopher Leebrick.

Aug. 10 — no performance this week.

Aug. 17 — Cryptozoology Puppet Show, Shawnery Connery is on a monster quest to discover cryptids.

Aug. 24 — Angel Ocasio's Comedy, a zany comedy combination of magic, music, juggling and audience participation.

Fun Day Fridays are happening starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Oak Lodge Library, 16201 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., through Aug. 26. Kids can get a free lunch from 11 a.m.-noon at all of these Oak Lodge events.

July 29 — Trip But Don't Fall, featuring comedy by Hank the Circus Chicken.

Aug. 5 — Good Stories From All Over, tales of adventure, enchantment, humor, and suspense told by Christopher Leebrick.

Aug. 12 — Camp Ocean, search for buried treasure and dive into the ocean's mysteries.

Aug. 19 — Takohachi, Japanese drumming, music and stories.

Aug. 26 — Angel Ocasio's Comedy, a zany comedy combination of magic, music, juggling and audience participation.COURTESY PHOTO: ANATTA BLACKMARR - Christopher Leebrick tells stories to kids at Oregon libraries, such as the Gladstone and Oak Lodge libraries in Clackamas County.

There are also craft-kit giveaways. While supplies last, take-home craft kits for kids appear on the second Sunday of each month and are available at both the Gladstone and Oak Lodge public libraries. Most supplies and instructions are included.

Summer is a special time for learning, laughter and wonderment. Cultural and arts events make lasting impressions. Each summer, Oak Lodge and Gladstone libraries serve up memorable enrichment delights in a comfortable, intimate setting just right for kids. Masks are optional at these events. Free lunch is provided for kids 18 and under at some events.

Tickle your fancy and sweeten your summer with these and other kids activities at the library. Come check it out. See you soon!

Anatta Blackmarr is a volunteer member of the Clackamas County Library Advisory Board.


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