Winter Programming 2022

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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the location of these programs is subject to change. Masks are always encouraged to be worn, but some events will require masks for all attendees over the age of two. 

Recurring Programs

Tween Time | 2nd & 3rd Wednesdays |  3 p.m.
Come hang out while we talk about cool things and have some fun. Tweens are invited to join on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. For Ages 9-12, Registration Required.

  • January 12th at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • January 19th at 3:00 p.m. in the Co-Lab
  • February 9th at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • February 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the Co-Lab
  • March 9th at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • March 16th  at 3:00 p.m. in TBD (Spring Break Week: Fairy Tale Escape Room)

Word Wizards | January 26th, February 23rd & March 30th | 3:00 p.m. | Co-Lab
Word Wizards is a club where kids can get together, learn about creative writing, work on fun writing exercises, discuss what they’re writing (and reading), and be inspired to make writing a habit. The club meets once a month and is geared towards children 2nd grade and up, but anyone who is interested in storytelling can join (it is helpful to be able to independently write in full sentences). 

Wonderful World of Movies Wednesdays
Starting in January, every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., join us for a movie in the youth department! Youth staff will select movies and documentaries in the youth collection to show but will also take requests into consideration. See you there!

January -March Storytimes

Baby Storytimes -Masks Required| Mondays, Jan. 3- Mar. 28 | 10:15 a.m.| Meeting Room
Join us for baby storytime as we sing, read, bounce, and rhyme! It’s a great time to cuddle your baby close and have fun while introducing them to skills that will help them become future readers. For babies 0-23 months Kids. Registration Required. *Must register each week; 8 spots available* Please use the  grownup’s name to register and add the child/ren’s name/s when answering the question in the registration form.

Baby Storytimes -Masks Optional| Mondays, Jan. 3- Mar. 28 | 11:15 a.m.| Meeting Room
Join us for baby storytime as we sing, read, bounce, and rhyme! It’s a great time to cuddle your baby close and have fun while introducing them to skills that will help them become future readers. For babies 0-23 months Kids. Registration Required.*Must register each week; 8 spots available* Please use the grownup’s name to register and add the child/ren’s name/s when answering the question in the registration form.

Preschool Storytimes -Masks Required| Tuesdays, Jan. 4- Mar. 29  | 10:15 a.m.| Meeting Room
Join us for Preschool Storytime as we read, sing, dance, and play. Parents are encouraged to embrace their inner child and dance and sing along with their child/ren. For preschoolers, ages 3-5.Kids. Registration Required.*Must register each week; 8 spots available*Please register each child attending separately. Please use the grownup’s name to register and add the child/ren’s name/s when answering the question in the registration form.

Preschool Storytimes -Masks Optional| Tuesdays, Jan. 4- Mar. 29 | 11:15 a.m.| Meeting Room
Join us for Preschool Storytime as we read, sing, dance, and play. Parents are encouraged to embrace their inner child and dance and sing along with their child/ren. For preschoolers, ages 3-5.Kids. Registration Required.*Must register each week; 8 spots available* Please use the grownup’s name to register and add the child/ren’s name/s when answering the question in the registration form.

Toddler Storytimes -Masks Required| Wednesdays, Jan. 5- Mar. 30 | 10:15 a.m.| Meeting Room
Join us for Toddler Storytime as we read, sing, dance, rhyme, and get silly. Storytime is a great way to introduce your toddler to the joy of reading and to the preliteracy skills that will help them become future readers. For toddlers, ages 2-3. Kids. Registration Required.*Must register each week; 8 spots available* Please use the grownup’s name to register and add the child/ren’s name/s when answering the question in the registration form.

Toddler Storytimes -Masks Optional| Wednesdays, Jan. 5- Mar. 30 | 11:15 a.m.| Meeting Room
Join us for Toddler Storytime as we read, sing, dance, rhyme, and get silly. Storytime is a great way to introduce your toddler to the joy of reading and to the preliteracy skills that will help them become future readers. For toddlers, ages 2-3. Kids. Registration Required.*Must register each week; 8 spots available* Please use the grownup’s name to register and add the child/ren’s name/s when answering the question in the registration form.

Preschool Storytimes -Masks Optional| Saturdays, Jan. 8- Apr. 2 | 10:15 a.m.| Meeting Room
Join us for Preschool Storytime as we read, sing, dance, and play. Parents are encouraged to embrace their inner child and dance and sing along with their child/ren. For preschoolers, ages 3-5.Kids. Registration Required.*Must register each week; 8 spots available* Please use the grownup’s name to register and add the child/ren’s name/s when answering the question in the registration form.

December

Winter StoryWalk® Story: Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
Take the whole family out to Big Woods Lake StoryWalk® and enjoy a snowy winter story.  Learn more about our StoryWalk® here.

Tree Trim | December 6-23 | Youth Department
Kids should stop by our Youth Department from December 6 until the 23rd to make winter crafts; each week will feature a different craft.

 NASA @ My Library: James Webb Space Telescope Challenge | December 1st-31st | Beanstack
Look Up! Explore our universe with the James Webb Space Telescope Challenge. Learn all about the science behind NASA’s newest space telescope mission, the James Webb Space Telescope.
 
Scheduled to launch this winter, JWST is the most advanced infrared space telescope ever launched and will allow us to look deeper into time and space than ever before!
 
Help the Cedar Falls Public Library win a collection of programming materials from NASA @ My Library by logging your reading and completing activities on Beanstack. Earn new badges all month long!
 
 
NASA @ My Library is supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under grant No. NNX16AE30A. The work was also assisted and supported by the Space Science Institute, which was the recipient of the grant. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NASA or the Space Science Institute.
 
STAR Library Network – STEM Learning in Libraries American Library Association @NASA Zoobean

January

Worm Farmer for a Day
You can be a worm farmer at the library’s very own worm farm! Your household family can sign up for a 30-minute block to feed the worms and learn about the worm farm. If you would like to save your own food scraps to feed you can, otherwise food will be provided. To register, email the youth desk at knedwick@cedarfallslibrary.org or call the youth desk at 319-859-3282. There are two spots open per week for the month of January. The worm farm has been provided by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and the Science Center of Iowa. For families.

February

Zine Machine: A DIY Workshop| Saturday, Feb. 5th at 2:30 p.m. | Co-Lab
Join us as we explore the creative world of zine-making! We’ll get inspired and work individually or collaboratively to make our very own zines. You’ll have the opportunity to put copies of your zines in the library where people browsing for books can take a look at your unique creations! Geared towards tweens, but fun for the whole family! 10 spots available each session, Registration Required.

Over and Under the Snow: A STEAM StoryWalk® |Saturday February 26th | 3:00 p.m. | On the Big Wood Lake StoryWalk
Join Miss Katie as she leads a group through our Big Woods Lake StoryWalk®, which starts by the Big Woods Lake Campground, and relates the story to STEAM principles. To help with our preparation for the program, please register for this event; however, walk-ins are welcome. If the weather is too cold, we will reschedule the event. If you register, we’ll contact you if we cancel. Otherwise, watch our social media for updates.  This program will take about 1 hour. For Families.

March

Spring Break Activities | March 14-19  | Youth Department
Join us for Spring Break in the Youth Department. We’ll have crafts and a scavenger hunt.

Fairy Tale Escape Room | March 16-18th | TBD
The prize jewel of the Kingdom of Falls has been stolen! Join us on March 18th, 19th, or 20th to help get it back. You’ll have 15 minutes to complete the mission. Registration is required for the Escape Room. Reserve a spot for your team (up to 6 players) at the Youth desk! Recommended for ages 8 and up.

The Science of Clouds: A STEAM Program
Thursday, March 24th at 4:15 p.m. | Co-Lab
Ever wonder what clouds are made of or how they are formed? Join Ms. Katie as we explore the science of clouds! Registration Required. For ages 8+
March Madness Book Bracket | Youth Department
Vote each week for your favorite book. May the best book win!
Spring StoryWalk® Story: Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep by Eric Barclay
Take the whole family out to Big Woods Lake StoryWalk® and enjoy a funny spring story.  Learn more about our StoryWalk® here.

April

Read Beyond the Beaten Path Youth Bookmark Contest | April 1-30th

What does reading mean to you? How can you read beyond the beaten path? We challenge you to create a bookmark that answers those questions. Submit your design in-person or by emailing youth@cedarfallslibrary.org by April 30th and the winning design will be chosen in early May. The winner will receive a certificate and their design will be featured on bookmarks for our Summer Library Program.

FAQ:
1. What are the age requirements? Currently, the bookmark competition is for youth ages 0-12.
2. What are the required dimensions? The bookmarks can be anywhere between 2.5″x5″ – 2.5″-8″. The submission can be sent to us in person, or you can submit your design virtually by emailing it to youth@cedarfallslibrary.org. If you do submit it virtually, the preferred file formats are .png or .jpg, but PDFs are acceptable as well.
3. What student/patron information do you need to accompany the submission? With each submission, you should include your name and the best way to contact you. This can be a phone number, email address, or the school you attend. You can also include your age, but it isn’t required.