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Children's 2016 Autumn Program Schedule
Children’s Librarian: Susan Slater
Assistant: Kelley Wood
Library phone: 814 723-4650
PLEASE NOTE: Schools 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 a program specifically for your group.
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 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, *31; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December *5, 12. *NOTES: Our Halloween program will be October 31; 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 5 program. Ho! Ho! Ho!
(preregistration not required)
Block Party: Second Saturday of the month, starting in October, 11:00 a.m. to noon in the Children’s Department. Made possible due to the Cruise into Kindergarten statewide early literacy initiative, Block Parties provide children ample STEM opportunities for learning by playing with large wooden blocks along with other toys that enhance the experience. Block play builds math, science, literacy, language, social and creative skills. Block Parties are geared for ages three to seven, though all are welcome. Dates: October 8; November 12; December 10.
Play-K: Second Tuesday of the month, starting in October, 11:00 a.m to noon in the Children’s Department. Also made possible due to the Cruise into Kindergarten early literacy initiative, Play-K consists of “play and learn” centers. Each program starts with circle time, a themed story/song followed by play with themed toys. Dates: October 11; November 8; December 13.
Build It Up, Take It Down: Saturday, September 24, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Come and be the first to play with some of the library’s new STEM educational toys. Build foam robots with Bloco Robot Invasion. Be an engineer and build simplified automobiles or aircraft. Other STEM toys will also be available. Snacks will be served. Preregistration appreciated. Sign-up sheet is located next to staff computer in Children’s Department.
Zombie Doll Contest: Children ages five to sixteen (5-16) 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 for public voting. Two winners will each receive a $35 Amazon gift card. Turn dolls in to the Children’s Department between September 29 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 4-21; winners will be notified on October 22. Dolls can be picked up starting October 22.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest: Open to all ages. The library will purchase a dozen pumpkins and provide pumpkins on a first-come, first-serve basis to decorate in Slater Room, 3rd floor. There will be paint, googly eyes and other embellishments available. People are welcome to bring their own pumpkins and embellishments. Pumpkins will be placed on display for public voting. Winners will receive a $25 Tim Hortons gift card. There will be three categories for winning: family entries, 16 and younger, seventeen and older. People are also welcome to decorate pumpkins at home and turn them in to the library by 8:00 p.m., October 24. Voting will take place October 25-28; winners will be notified on October 31. Pumpkins can be picked up starting October 29.
Slightly Scary, Ghastly and Ghoulish Halloween: Wednesday, October 26, 6:00 p.m., Children’s Department. Join us for some slightly scary Halloween stories, crafts and snacks. While all ages are welcome, this is aimed at elementary-aged children. Children and adults are encouraged to dress in costume. Preregistration appreciated. Registration form will be placed in the Children’s Department next to the staff computer on October 1.
Writing Contest: “I am Thankful For…”explain what and why you are thankful. Ages 8-16. A $30 Amazon gift card will be awarded to two children, one in the age category of 8-11, and one in the age category of 12-16. Contest rules/entry forms are available on the semi-circle between computers in the Children's Department and here. Submissions are due by 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 14. Winners will be notified via phone on November 19, 2016.
DIY (do-it-yourself) Days: Children can create take-home fun by engaging in “Stations of Stuff”, which will be set around the Children’s Department. There will be a variety of crafts such as peel n’ stick foam kits, painting, jewelry, velvet posters, Egyptian masks, etc. Dates/times: Monday, Nov. 14, 2:30-7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, November 16, 2:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, November 19, 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ho! Ho! Ho!: Santa and Mrs. Claus: Saturday, December 3, 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. Sign-up sheet will be available next to staff computer in Children’s Department starting November 7.
After School with Mrs. Claus: Stop by the Children’s Department on Wednesday, December 7, 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. Sign-up sheet will be available next to staff computer in Children’s Department starting November 7.
Cookie Decorating: We plan to hold a holiday cookie decorating program where participants receive instruction on cookie decorating and get to eat their finished products. This program will be for children and adults. Date/details to be announced…
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 Biscuit Plush Pack. Two winners will each receive a 10-inch plush Biscuit (a cute puppy) plus seven paperback Biscuit books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli; winners will be notified December 17. 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 from 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 for a $50 Amazon gift card; winner will be notified December 17. Sheets are available on the semi-circle in the Children’s Department or download one from 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. 2016 dates: January 27, February 24, March 30, April 20, May 25, June 29, July 27, August 31, September 28, October 26, November 30, December 28.
Portions of these programs are possible due to generous donations made at the Midwinter Library Benefit.