Fall Programs for Children
Let the Very Hungry Caterpillar be your guide as you play, dance and explore at the White Lake Community Library’s Family Night kick-off event at 6:30 on Thursday, September 29. Sara Roesler’s Storybook Yoga program will have kids bringing the classic picture book to life through simple yoga poses. This is just one of many fall programs the library has planned for youngsters from birth through teens, including family nights, story times, Crazy 8s math club, Read to Zeke, and teen gaming events.
Family Nights, weekly programs for children and families, are offered at 6:30 every Thursday from September 29 to November 17. In addition to Storybook Yoga, planned events include a Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes party, the 2nd annual Spooky Story Walk, and a free showing of Ice Age – Collision Course. All events are free, all ages are welcome, and registration is not required.
The library is also offering new and different early literacy programs this fall, thanks to a grant from the Great Start Collaborative of Muskegon, a program of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. The new Baby Time and Play & Learn groups are both designed to boost important early literacy skills in a fun and interactive setting for kids and caregivers. These programs are free, and registration is not required.
Baby Time meets Mondays at 10:30, and is aimed at infants through 2 year olds. This brief program full of books and bouncy rhymes will be followed by some free-play time so parents and caregivers can visit while the babies play under their supervision.
Play & Learn meets Tuesdays at 10:15 and 6:15, and is for infants through 4 year olds. It will be a hybrid of a traditional story time and a preschool classroom, with lots of hands-on stations for youngsters to explore their world through play. These sessions last for one hour each, and participants will receive one new book to keep each month. Participants are welcome to attend any combination of morning and evening sessions.
Read to Zeke is back this fall with a twice-a-month program that gives kids a chance to hone their reading skills by reading aloud to a registered therapy dog. It is offered on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 6:15-7:15, beginning October 4, and is open to all young readers. A sign-in sheet will be available beginning at 6:15 pm on the night of the event, and kids will be given a ten minute time slot for reading one-on-one with Zeke, a big, cuddly Spaniel.