Are you ready for some winter fun? Would you like to learn to play chess, or are you interested in science experiments? We have programs and books about both!   Our winter Story Times and regular after-school programs are in full swing. Come by after school Monday-Thursday to check out our different drop-in activities, and pick up a “fridge calendar” to post at home. We’ll see you soon at the Library!

Chess Lessons with Marty Sobin  (Grade 1 and Up)

Would you like to learn how to play chess? Are you already a chess player and would you like to “up your game” with some tips and advice from a chess coach? Join us on Wednesdays, January 18-March 29, for our winter chess session. The Beginner Class is for students with no chess experience. The Intermediate Class is for students with playing experience. Registration is required. The Beginner and Intermediate classes are currently full. Please call the library to be placed on a waiting list for either class. As space becomes available we will call you.  

Wednesdays, January 18-March 29. Beginner: 4:30-5.30 pm.  Intermediate: 5:30-7:00 pm. No classes on February 1 and March 1.  For Grade 1 and up. Free. Registration is required.

Bounce with Books – Saturday, February 11, from 10:00-4:00

What better way to spend your Saturday than reading and bouncing?  Join us for our library scavenger hunt and bounce house in the library’s community room. Bring your family, follow the scavenger hunt clues to discover some particularly bouncy characters and stories, then jump, leap, hop and get silly in the bounce house.

Saturday, February 11, from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Family activity. Free. No sign-up needed.

Nursery Time on Mondays 

We start off Nursery Time with a “welcome” finger play, then play music, read books, and share finger play rhymes. Children and caregivers learn rhymes to play at home, and there is always time to socialize, play puzzles or build with blocks after the program.

Mondays, January 9-February 27,  from 10:30-11:00 am. (No class on February 20 – the library will be closed for Presidents’ Day) For ages 17 mos.-2 1/2 yrs. Free. No sign-up needed.

LEGO® Building on Mondays 
What will you build? We have a large collection of blocks to share. Drop in for a few minutes or for the whole time. Build your own creation or collaborate on a Lego challenge with your friends.

Mondays, January 9-February 27, from 4:00-5:30 pm. (No building on February 20 – the library will be closed for Presidents’ Day) Family. Free. No sign-up needed.

story-time-expressStory Time Express on Tuesdays 
Children will learn the rhythm and routine of story time through theme-related books, finger-plays, action verses and rhymes, and will make a craft. This abbreviated story time is ideal for children who are not yet accustomed to focusing for longer periods.

Tuesdays, January 10-February 28, from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 2½-4 years. Free. No sign-up needed.

New on Tuesdays: Drop in Game Day 

This new after-school activity time will encourage  you and your kids to spend time in the library playing board games and puzzles.  If you have some free time between activities, stop by. We have quite a supply of games, now, in youth services, and plenty of table space to set up a few of them.  Relax and enjoy.

Tuesdays, January 10-February 28, from 4:00-5:30 pm. For families. Free. No sign-up needed.

Baby Book Time and Baby Play Time on Wednesdays  
Join us at 9:30 am for a half hour of music, stories, finger plays and lap bounces. Then at 10:00 am we have an open play time. Caregivers and babies are welcome to socialize  and we have an array of baby toys for the little ones to explore. Note: for Baby Book Time at 9:30 am, please enter the library via the glass door along the Anderson Road driveway, because the main library remains closed until 10:00 am.

Wednesdays, January 11-February 15. Baby Book Time – 9:30-10:00 am. Baby Play Time – 10:00-10:30 am. Birth-17 months with caregiver. Free. No sign-up needed.

Reading Rumpus on Wednesdays 
Have you heard about our Reading Rumpus program? The idea behind it is to read a story, then find ways to enrich the story experience with such things as props, games and activities. Children actively participate in the story telling process, and they leave with an activity to share with their friends and family.

Wednesdays, January 11-February 15,  from 2:00-2:30 pm. For ages 2½-5 years. Free. No sign-up needed.

Art la Cart on Wednesdays 

We like to have art making available on different days throughout the year, so this session we’ve moved it to Wednesdays. Kids can join us after school to share in this open studio approach to art. Each week we’ll have a different art experience, and you may drop in any time between 4:00-5:30 pm to participate.

Wednesdays, January 11-February 22, from 4:00-5:30 pm. Family program. Free. No sign-up needed.

story-timeThursday Story Time 
Would you like to hear some stories, play music, learn a finger-play or an action rhyme, help with a flannel board activity and make a craft?  If that sounds like fun, join us on Thursday mornings for story time. We’ll be doing all of those things and more!

Thursdays, January 12-February 16,  from 10:30-11:15 am. For ages 2½-5 years. Free. No sign-up needed.

New to Thursdays: After-School Drop In Program: STEM Starters for Kindergarten and Up 

Children and their families/caregivers will have the opportunity to explore  with weekly experiments, building projects or technology activities. Staff will be available to answer questions, but the focus is on family discovery. Check the online calendar page for weekly topics. Drop in any time between 4:00-5:30 pm on Thursdays to see what’s going on.

Thursdays, January 12-February 16,  from 4:00-5:30 pm. For Kindergarten and up. Free. No sign-up needed.

Friday Fun: Watercolor Painting

Dress for painting and join us in the “studio” (story time room) to try your hand at painting with watercolors. Water, a brush, paper and paint will encourage your child to express feelings or capture a picture in art.

Friday, January 27, from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 2 1/2-5 years. Free. No sign-up needed.


Story Time Saturdays (every week)     

Don’t forget……we have story time every Saturday when the library is open, even during the other program breaks. Stories, music, finger plays and more await you and your children. We hope to see you there!

Saturdays, from 10:30-11:15 am. Family. Free. No sign-up needed.

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Pre-Teen Community Service 
Would you like to earn community service credits while having fun at the library? Bring a friend and join us for Pre-Teen Community Service evenings. Come for an hour, help us with projects, chat with your friends and make a difference.

Thursdays, February 2 and 16,  from 6:30-7:30 pm. Gr. 4-6. No sign-up needed.  

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