New Winter Youth Program Line-up
Prepare to be amazed by magician extraordinaire and returning Whitehall native Jeff Brodrick at our Family Night kick-off event. His fast-paced and family-friendly magic show is scheduled for 6:30 on Thursday, February 2, and is just one of many winter programs the library has in store for youngsters from birth through teens. In addition to Family Nights, the winter line-up also includes Play & Learn groups, Chess Club, Read to Zeke, and teen gaming events.
Family Nights, weekly programs for children and families, are offered at 6:30 every Thursday from February 2 through March 30. In addition to the free magic show, planned events include Minecraft Unplugged, a Dinosaur Drive-In night, Tinker Time events, and a Glow-in-the-Dark party. All events are free, all ages are welcome, and registration is not required.
The library will continue to offer the popular Play and Learn groups and Baby Time programs during the winter and spring. Both are a great place for little ones to have fun with stories, songs, and games while developing the early literacy skills essential for becoming good readers. They are also a great place for parents and caregivers to spend time with other adults, and to learn tips and tricks for encouraging early literacy at home.
Baby Time meets Mondays at 10:30 beginning January 30th, and is aimed at infants through 2 year olds. This brief program full of books and bouncy rhymes will be followed by some unstructured time so the adults can visit while the babies play under their supervision.
Play and Learn meets Tuesdays at 10:15 and again at 6:15 beginning January 31st. All children are welcome, but the program is best suited for children from 1-4 years old. A hybrid of a play group and a traditional story time, each hour-long program features lots of hands-on stations where youngsters can explore their world through play. Each family will also receive one free book each month.
Zeke, the cuddly Portuguese Water Spaniel who loves being read to, is back for another season of library visits. He will be a regular part of the evening Play and Learn group on Tuesdays, with his own little space near the doors. Any young readers who would like to practice their skills by reading to Zeke may do so, even if they are not attending Play and Learn.
A free, six-week Chess Club is being offered at the library beginning Monday, January 30. Chess players of all ages and abilities are invited to meet from 4 pm to 5 pm to learn the game, improve their skills, and/or challenge other players. This group is led by Doug Ogden, and will continue to meet on Monday afternoons through March 13. Light refreshments will be served.
Gamers are invited to gather in the library’s Coffee Connection room every Friday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm. The library provides an Xbox 360, a variety of video and board games, and free snacks. Players should bring their own decks for Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and other card-based games.
All programs are free, and registration is not required. Please note, there will be no youth programs the week of Feb. 20, due to a staff in-service and our semi-annual used book sale.