Will Rick Eugene share more of his magic secrets when he comes to Akron this year? Last summer he explained how to get out of “thumb cuffs” and taught tricks to kids at the library between shows. This year, in anticipation of his show, library director Jeannie Frerichs has used some precious summer reading funds to purchase new magic books, which will be unveiled at the performance on July 16.
There will be one performance only that day, at 10:30 a.m., and sign-ups are required.
“Last year’s show was magical,” said Frerichs. “We can’t wait to see what tricks Rick Eugene will dig up this year!”
Last summer, audience members watched with amazement as Eugene made coins, cards, and other items appear and disappear, and his own head swell and shrink. Volunteer Andrea Johnson just missed winning $100. Eugene said, “You should have listened to the Magician!”
“Our favorite,” said Jeannie Frerichs, “was the card trick showing that the most magical card of all is the library card.”
The Akron Library’s summer programs, “Dig into Reading” for K-5, and “Beneath the Surface” for teens, have been creating quite a bit of noise and dust as young people gather to win prizes for reading, enjoy story times and special performers, and check out great new and well-loved books. Once again this year, more than 100 children have signed up for “Dig into Reading”. Ninety percent of the teens who joined “Beneath the Surface” are making great progress with their reading, trivia challenges, and special projects. They are winning prizes as they progress, and will be competing for some awesome grand prizes.
Check at the library or on the library’s webpage the schedule of coming events. You don’t want to miss these groundbreaking programs!