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Winter/Spring Programs for Kids and Teens Announced

Check out the variety of programs for preschoolers, elementary students and teens. All events are free, and registration is not required.
Winter/Spring Programs for Kids and Teens Announced
Magic Show! Thursday, Feb. 1 at 6:30

Mind bending illusions, mystifying card tricks, and plenty of prestidigitation will all be part of Eric Yager’s free magic show at the library.  The Family Night kick-off, full of fun and audience participation, is set for 6:30 on Thursday, February 1.  The event is just one of many programs the library has planned for children and teens this winter and spring, including family nights, story times, Read to Zeke, and a Zombie (Nerf) Apocalypse.  

 Family Nights, weekly programs for children and families, will be offered at 6:30 every Thursday from February 1 to March 15.  In addition to the magic show, planned events include a tech-take-apart night, a ‘book tasting’ event, and a free showing of the movie “Wonder”, just to name a few.  All events are free, all ages are welcome, and registration is not required.

 The library is also offering Baby Time and Play & Learn groups this season.  Both are 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 chat while the babies play under their supervision.  The winter session begins January 29 and continues until April 23.  There will be no Baby Time on February 19 or March 19, due to scheduling issues.

 Play & Learn meets Tuesdays at 10:15 and 6:15, and is for infants through 4 year olds and their caregivers.  It is a hybrid of a traditional story time and a preschool classroom, with lots of hands-on stations where youngsters are free to explore their world through play. These sessions last a full hour, and each family in attendance will receive a new book to keep each month.   Participants are welcome to attend any combination of morning and evening sessions.  Play and Learn begins January 30 and continues until April 24.  There will be no sessions on March 20, due to the used book sale.

 Read to Zeke is back, and a new therapy dog will be joining the schedule, too.  The read-to-a-dog program gives kids a chance to hone their reading skills by reading aloud to a registered therapy dog.  Youngsters are invited to read with Zeke on the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning February 6, or read with Lucy on the second and fourth Tuesday beginning February 13.  This program will be held from 6:15 to 7:15 in conjunction with the evening Play and Learn session, and is open to all young readers, whether they attend the Play and Learn sessions or not.

 FOR THE TEENS

A Zombie Apocalypse is coming!  It’s Zombies vs. Survivors in the darkened library at night.  Can the survivors secure all the vaccine before being “bitten” by a zombie?  Nerf darts only slow the zombies down…  Choose from the library’s Nerf arsenal, or bring your own.  There will be free pizza for everyone before the final round.  This event will be held on Friday, February 2, from 8-10 p.m. and is for area youth age 12 and older.

 Gamers are welcome 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.  The STEM tools and toys collection will also be available for use during this time.