Speeding through the too-fast month of August

This August, I celebrate my two-year anniversary in Kansas and at the library.

The time has passed so quickly, and my life has changed so much. My younger brother started dating his girlfriend (soon to be fiancé!) about the same time I started dating my husband, Clint. Just the other day, I was talking to my brother and he said “Luci, I have no idea how you did everything so fast.”

Lucia Bain is Kansas Room librarian at Hays Public Library.

Lucia Bain is Kansas Room librarian at Hays Public Library.

Neither do I. Wasn’t it just the other day I was living at home, drinking coffee with my dad in the mornings and watching the Food Network with my sister on Sunday nights? How did I get from being single and living in my hometown to being married with a baby in just two years? My life has turned into that proverbial snowball rolling downhill. Everything is speeding up.

August is not exempt from this speed. In fact, August may be the fastest month as the promise of a new school year almost inevitably makes time slip by for parents, teachers and children. This month, I’m offering a variety of programs for all ages that may help us to appreciate these last vestiges of summer.

For those of you who look forward to Oktoberfest so you can get your hands on a bierock or two, I am pleased to announce that I’ll be offering a class on how to make bierocks! The class will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13. We’ll actually be cooking the filling and shaping the bierocks at the library, and then you’ll be able to take them home to bake. Spaces are limited for this class, so you must contact me to make a reservation. Please call (785) 625-9014 or email lbain@hayspublib.org.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, I will be screening a documentary called “Defiant Requiem.” This feature-length documentary introduces audiences to the story of prisoners in the Terezin concentration camp outside of Prague, who during World War II learned Verdi’s Requiem and “sang to the Nazis what they could not say.”

This documentary also tells the story of the man who discovered this story and brought it back to life with a new choir and orchestra, hoping to preserve the legacy of brave prisoners who sang their own funeral songs. Please come and see this documentary and be part of the legacy of Defiant Requiem.

I’m very excited to announce a new event called Family Reads! I’m collaborating with the children’s department to offer an all-inclusive family event at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. Families who participate will be able to enjoy free pizza along with a story time using the book The Loudest, Fastest, Best Drummer in Kansas. Families will also do a craft to go along with the story and take home a copy of the book! Spaces are limited to the first 10 families who register. Please register your family by calling the children’s department at (785) 625-5916 and letting them know the number of people from your family that will attend. For this event, children must be accompanied by parents or guardians.

Back by popular demand is the very popular wine tasting course, which will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. The course will be led by Clayton Cutting. You must be 21 to attend and registration is required. If you missed last year’s class, now is your chance to participate! Please call (785) 625-9014 for more information or to register.

The Kansas Room is located in the basement of the Hays Public Library and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and by request.

Lucia Bain is Kansas Room Librarian at the Hays Public Library.