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Manchaca Library Branch ramps up its summer programming

Friday, April 27, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

This summer, if you’re in need of something to do, look no further than the Manchaca branch of the Austin Public Library system. With both children and adult programming in store, expect events like Harry Potter’s 21st birthday party, a literary-themed escape room challenge where participants will be tasked with keeping Austin from running out of water, a collaboration with Alamo Drafthouse for a Master Pancake Theater, a Pride Prom that will be judged by Council Member Jimmy Flannigan, and the annual Austin Symphony summer children’s programming. “After 2008 maybe it got a little sad around here,” Commissioner Wendy Todd told the library staff at the April 23 meeting of the Library Commission. “This (programming) looks like we’re back to not-lean years.” She suggested using this new programming as an opportunity to gather statistics on attendees and whether or not these events result in more library cards being issued and more books being checked out. “I’m thinking it could really parlay some fundraising efforts for the libraries,” she said.

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