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    Children's 2017 Autumn Program Schedule

    Children’s Librarian: Susan Slater
    sslater@warrenlibrary.org

    Assistant: Kelley Wood 

    Library phone: 814 723-4650


    PLEASE NOTE: Preschool groups and/or groups of six or more that wish to attend events should call and speak to the Children’s Librarian to see if preregistration is required for the specific event. We can also schedule programs specifically for your group. Thank you.

    WEEKLY PROGRAMS

    Toddler Time: Mondays at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Department. Ages 1-4. Theme-based stories, songs, crafts and creative play. Dates: September 18, 25; October 2, 9, *16, 23, *30; November 6, 13, 20, 27; December 4, *11. *NOTES: Mary Poppins from Warren Players will visit our October 16 program. Our Halloween program will be October 30- adults and children are encouraged to dress in costume. Bringing treats to share is optional – count approximately 25-30. Mrs. Claus will visit our December 11 program. Ho! Ho! Ho!

    Build-It-Up, Take-It-Down: Thursdays, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Children’s Department. Made possible due to the Cruise into Kindergarten statewide early literacy initiative, Build-It-Up, Take-It-Down provides children ample STEM opportunities for learning by playing with large wooden blocks, LEGO, and Bloco Robots along with other toys that enhance the experience. Such play builds math, science, literacy, language, social and creative skills. This program is geared for ages three to eight, though all are welcome. Dates: September 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7.

    SPECIAL PROGRAMS

    Mary Poppins Event: Saturday, October 7, 2:00 p.m. in the Slater Room. In collaboration with the Warren Players and their autumn production of Mary Poppins, we will show the classic movie starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in the Slater Room. Samantha Morgan, who plays Mary Poppins for the Warren Players, will talk about their show and maybe read a short story (if time allows) before the movie starts. Free tickets to dress rehearsal will be given as a door prize. During the movie the audience can enjoy iced tea and English crackers/cookies. Registration appreciated. Registration form available in the Children’s Department next to the staff computer.

    Zombie Contest: Children ages five to eighteen (5-18) are invited to find an old doll and transform it into a zombie or some type of monster. All you need are some old Barbies (or some other type of doll), ugly paint, scraps of cloth, etc. and invent a name for your creepy creation. Dolls will be placed on display on the first floor for public voting. Two winners will each receive a $35 Amazon gift card. Turn dolls in to the Children’s Department between September 26 and October 3 by 8:00 p.m; include participant’s name, age, phone number and the creepy creation’s name. Voting will take place October 4-18; winners will be notified on October 19. Dolls can be picked up starting October 19.

     Pumpkin and/or Squash Decorating Contest: Adults and children of all ages are invited to decorate a pumpkin and/or squash at home and turn it in to the library so the public can vote for their favorites. Base your pumpkin/squash on a character, place, or object from a book. There will be three categories for winning: family entries, 16 and younger, seventeen and older. Turn your creation in to the Children’s Department between October 16 -18. Be sure to include the name of your creation, book title, your name, phone number, and identify the category. Pumpkins will be placed on display on the first floor for public voting October 19 – 28. Winners will be notified on October 30; pumpkins can be picked up starting October 30. One winner from each category will receive a $25 Tim Hortons gift card. Note: too many punctures will cause early rotting, so take care when decorating.

    Spooky Magic: Saturday, October 28, 1:00 p.m. in Slater Room. Magician Cris Johnson provides a fun, family-friendly Halloween-themed magic show that includes interactive fun, age-appropriate humor, magic, music, and more! See a playful “ghost” fly around the room, a trained “animal” find a selected object, a drawing of Frankenstein’s monster come ALIVE and much more! Preregistration appreciated. Registration form will be available next to staff computer in the Children’s Department starting October 2.

     Halloween Read and Treat: October 31, 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Children’s Department. Treats for the mind as well as the sweet tooth. Children are invited to stop by the Children’s Department to get some candy and choose a book to keep. This program is in conjunction with Free Books for Kids Town.

     After School with Mrs. Claus: Stop by the Children’s Department on Wednesday, December 6, at 4:30 p.m. to visit with Mrs. Claus as she reads holiday stories, sings songs, and shares some holiday snacks and crafts. Preregistration appreciated. Registration sheet will be available next to staff computer in Children’s Department starting November 6.

    Ho! Ho! Ho!: Santa and Mrs. Claus: Saturday, December 9, noon till 1:30 p.m. in the Slater Room, 3rd floor. Mrs. Claus will read holiday stories and Santa will join the festivities to sing a song and visit with the children. Children will also enjoy holiday snacks and crafts. Preregistration mandatory – attendance limited to 40 children. Registration sheet will be available next to staff computer in Children’s Department starting November 6.

    READING INCENTIVES

    100 Books Before Christmas: Children ages two to seven (2-7) are encouraged to read – or be read to – 100 titles by December 16. Record titles on a sheet provided by the Library. Turn your child’s sheet in to the Warren Public Library Children’s Department by 5:00 p.m., December 16, and your child’s name will be placed in a random drawing for a Pete the Cat plush Pack. Two winners will each receive a 10-inch plush Pete the Cat plus seven paperback Pete the Cat books by James Dean; winners will be notified December 18. This task can easily be done if you read to your child every day. Titles are to be recorded on the “100 Books Before Christmas” sheet, which is available on the semi-circle in the Children’s Department or download one here

    10 Chapter Books Before Christmas: Children ages eight to sixteen (8-16) are encouraged to read/list 10 chapter books or nonfiction books about any topic they please. Choose your favorite and write a few sentences about why you like it. Record titles on a sheet provided by the library; this sheet is due to Children's Department by 5:00 p.m., December 16. Participants will have their name placed in a random drawing; two winners will each receive a $35 Amazon gift card and will be notified December 18. Sheets are available on the semi-circle in the Children's Department or download one here.

      

     OFFERED MONTHLY THROUGH THE YEAR:

    Game Night: Once a month in the Slater Room, 3rd floor, 3:30-7:00 p.m. Individuals 10 and older participate in games and activities offered by the Library. The best part is that it is not just for computers and game consoles. Table-top games, board games, card games and even pen & paper and RPG Gamers are welcome. You are invited to bring your Gaming Group. 2017 dates: January 25, February 22, March 29, April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30, September 27, October 25, November 29, December 27.

     

     Portions of these programs are possible due to generous donations made at the Tenth Annual Midwinter Library Benefit.