The sun has been shining these past few days and early in the day the birds sing their welcome song to the morning. Chicks and bunny Peeps are lining the store shelves. All this can only mean one thing: Spring is truly on its way, and so is our third-annual Peeps Diorama Contest.
Pick up a small tray of these sweet, sticky critters from our downtown library and create a scene from history, current events or pop culture. Submit your masterpiece the week of March 19. We are awarding prizes by age category this year and still including our most popular award, The Peeples Choice. We cannot wait to see what you come up with.
March also brings Dr. Seuss Day, the annual celebration of beloved children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel. We will read “The Lorax” during our Today is Your Day Story Time from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. March 7. Children will make truffula trees and cotton candy truffula tree treats. Dr. Seuss spoke for the trees in “The Lorax,” showing young readers the importance of seeing natural beauty in the world and our responsibility to protect it.
We had so much fun during our Music & Movement event last month that we are back March 10 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Moving to music boosts learning and nurtures your child’s natural creativity.
We haven’t forgotten our St. Patrick’s Day Live Music event. This year features James Van Nuys and Carrie Bartsch from 2 to 3 p.m. March 17. James Van Nuys is one of the Black Hills’ premier acoustic guitar fingerpickers. Carrie Bartsch tells stories with her music and has followed her fiddle around the world. Together they perform a wild mix of Celtic, blues, pop, tango and original music.
March is Women’s History Month. We have several events planned to recognize the vital role women have always played in American society. Democracy in Action co-chair Paulette Schenck discusses the current status of women nationally, statewide and locally during our Lunch & Learn event from noon to 1 p.m. March 21. DIA is also sponsoring the documentary film, “Equal Means Equal” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 22. The film highlights women’s rights in the areas of employment, criminal justice and healthcare. Schenck will lead a discussion following the film.
An awareness and understanding of history promotes insight into the present and ultimately our future. In that vein, our Book to Film Movie Night concludes Women’s History Month by showing “Suffragette” from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. March 23. The film chronicles the early feminist movement in 19th century London as women fought for equality and the right to vote.
Finally, Clarinet Mini Madness is a local clarinet quartet performing music from Renaissance to Contemporary, jazz and original compositions during Notes in the Stacks from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. March 31. The quartet features Nancy Williams, Deb Knowles and Jami Beck on B flat soprano clarinet and Dan Mulally on bass clarinet.