Summer reading program kicks off with Doug Scheer

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Alexis Mielke and Luke Miller help out Doug Scheer with a “Cat in the Hat” themed umbrella trick during his show at the Mary Johnston Memorial Library June 20.
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Harold Homminga blows on pieces of rope held by Doug Scheer to make them resize.
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Doug Scheer shows off his fully attached rope pieces, after tying one end on that would not cooperate as he had seemingly hoped.
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Tucker Ratajczak participates in “Win a Shoe Bob” after donating his right shoe for a magic trick with a dollar. He had to try and knock the shoe off the table with an air shooter.
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Isabella Jean and Bryn Reeves join a third assistant in “three kid monty” game, where Scheer mixed them around to try and trick members of the audience, who easily picked out which coloring book had all the pictures filled in.
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Scheer shows off the power of centrifugal force using a leash, a cup of water, and a billiards triangle.
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An assistant from the audience spins around the triangle and cup of water, which did not fall off.

ARENAC COUNTY — The Mary Johnston Memorial Library and the Au Gres Community Library hosted the first summer reading program of the season June 20 with Doug Scheer’s Magic Bookshelf. Scheer entertained kids in the audience with a variety of games and magic tricks using everything from umbrellas to shoes and a giant pair of underwear.

Each library had its own version of the show — Au Gres had its at 10:30 a.m., while Standish saw its show at 2 p.m. — and kids, along with their family members, filled out each library’s showing area.

The next show will be “It’s Magic” with magician Tom Plunkard. It will be held at the Omer Little Eagle’s Nest Library June 26 at 6 p.m., Au Gres Community Library June 27 at 10:30 a.m., and the Standish Mary Johnston Memorial Library June 27 at 2 p.m.


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