Look in juvenile nonfiction for “The Pocket Guide to Mischief” by Bart King and “Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids” by Rob Elliott or ask Garrett Randolph to help locate one. (Courtesy photo)

As Father’s Day approaches thoughts naturally turn to pranking Dad. Our resident prank and joke expert recommends the children’s department as an endless source of mirth. “The Pocket Guide to Mischief” details epic capers down through the ages with plenty of ideas for new tricks.

Try “Pranklopedia: the Funniest, Grossest, Craziest, Not-mean Pranks on the Planet!” for a fake vomit recipe and more than 70 other gags.

The children’s library also has self-contained Playaways. These little audio players are portable and easy for young listeners to operate. Pranksters may especially enjoy “The Terrible Two” series available in print and Playaway. “The Terrible Two” join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen.

Along the same lines, the library has Dav Pilkey’s “Captain Underpants” series. “Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot: the Twelfth Epic Novel” is perfectly geared to the juvenile audience in more ways than one. Practical jokers may check out the DVD “Captain Underpants: the First Epic Movie,” too. Two boys, Harold and George hypnotize their principal who becomes the superhero “Captain Underpants” battling evil in 12 installations so far.

To find the silliest puns, jokes and riddles look under 817-818 in the non-fiction shelves at your library.

From the reference librarian

“Humor abounds in the nonfiction stacks,” Nicholle Gerharter said. “Find some of your favorite funny writers in the 814, 817 and 818 sections. Funny memoirists, including Tina Fey, Jenny Lawson and Augusten Burroughs, just to name a few, can be found in the biography section. Patrick F. McManus reels in the laughs with his outdoors humor on the shelves at 799.0207. There are more funny fiction writers than tails in a barrel of monkeys. Need a recommendation? Just ask.” 

Contact her at (307) 527-1880 or

In Grizzly Hall

Library programs are free and open to the public.

• “Dog Stars” with Denise Gard’s trained border collies Joey and Sienna, is 10 a.m. June 12. The audience may participate in some exciting stories about the constellations and planets that grace our night sky. This program is for all ages.

• Spelling bees: First bee is open to all area students going into grades 3-5, 6-8 p.m. June 24. Second is open to all area students entering grades 6-8, 6-8 p.m. June 25. Cash prizes will be underwritten by the Thistle. To register, stop by the library or the Thistle to pick up a copy of the rules and a parental consent form. The deadline to register is June 22.

• Explore Our Solar System, 2 p.m. June 26. We will build the planets to scale using Play Dough and demonstrate the distance of each planet from the sun with toilet paper squares. This is a hands-on project for all ages.

Summer reading

Sign-up for all ages will continue through July 27 for “A Universe of Stories” and “Kindness Rocks.”

Teen room

A library for students in grades 6-12.

• Starlab Portable Planetarium for all ages. Sign up for a 15 minute session, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday.

• Crafty Thursdays, 11 a.m. Sign up to make sand art, constellation rings, constellation spray paintings and Femo clay miniatures.

• Book Talks, 11-11:30 a.m. Mondays.

• Solar System Teen/Children activity, 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 12.

• Star Wars movies in Grizzly Hall, 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 and Thursday, June 13. Treats will be served.

• Star Wars Bingo, 2 p.m. Friday, June 14.

• Solar System Jeopardy, 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. Limited to 10 participants.

Stop by for a calendar or visit For details contact Shelly Waidelich, (307) 527-1889 or On Facebook follow Park County Public Library Teen Room.

In the children’s library

Sign up for:

• Starlab Portable Planetarium for all ages, 15 minute sessions, 10 a.m. – noon Wednesday.

• Toddler playgroups for ages 1-4 with parent or caregiver, 10 a.m. Mondays.

• Read to an Animal for grades K-5, 15 minute sessions with an expert listener, 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 11 and 25.

• Rocket art project with Mrs. Bacon for grades 3-5, 3-4 p.m. June 19.

• Zumba with Miss Sue for grades 2-5, 2-3 p.m. June 26.

• Read to a Teacher for grades K-5, 10-11 a.m. June 13 and 20.

• Lego Club for grades K-5, 2-3 p.m. June 20.

Drop in for:

• Children’s author and Wyoming poet laureate Gene Gagliano will speak in the Children’s Activity Room. This family program will begin at 10 a.m. June 18.

• Story Time for ages 3-6, 10-10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, June 4, 11 and 25 and Wednesdays, June 19 and 26. Stories, games, songs and crafts promote early literacy and love for the library.

• KidPrint-IDs with the Park County Sheriff’s staff, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.

• Ranger-led Nature Walk for families, 2 p.m. June 27.

For details contact Holly Baker, (307) 527-1884, or visit Follow codykidsread on Twitter and Facebook.

Park County libraries will be closed July 3-4 for Independence Day.

For more information call (307) 527-1880, visit, find Mabel Wilkinson or Park County Public Library, Cody on Facebook or email

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