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Lincoln Library helps families prepare to return to school

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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is offering a free day of games and crafts on Saturdays to help students and parents prepare for the end of summer vacation and the start of the new school year.

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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is offering a free day of games and crafts on Saturdays to help students and parents get acquainted with the end of summer vacation and the start of the new school year.

Activities during the library’s Back to School Bash, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Springfield’s Union Square Park at 500 E. Madison St., next to the museum, will include tee-ball, game- quizzes and lessons designed to teach electricity. Kids can also make bookmarks that grow native plants, turn fabric into new items, watch a police dog demonstration, and visit a fire truck and ambulance.


Parents will be able to learn about YMCA and Springfield parks offerings, register for library services, and get safety information.

“Holidays in the classroom can be difficult for kids,” said Christina Shutt, executive director of the library and museum. “We think the Back to School Bash makes it a little easier by giving kids fun and practical ways to start focusing on learning. We also want it to help parents and caregivers who still have so much to do during the back-to-school season.”