January 10th at 4:15-5:15 pm
Want to learn a new language? How about one that speaks to videos on a computer? Join us in the first of a series of workshops on January 10, 2020. Registration is Required. For ages 8-12. Register <here.
January 11 from 2:00-4:00 pm
Let’s build! Get creative with cardboard boxes and create an entire box city. For kids of all ages.
STEAM Program: Green Screen Fun
February 20 at 4:30 pm
Have you ever wondered how movie magic is made? Join us as we investigate the uses of the green screen. For grades 4th-6th.
Old Fashioned Games
February 23 from 2:00-4:00 pm
Drop in and reminisce while playing some Old Fashioned Games, such as jacks, pick up sticks, tiddlywinks, and marbles. For kids and kids -at- heart.
March 10 at 4:15pm
Treat yourself to a book tasting and join us on March 10th at 4:15 pm. Expand your reading palette by nibbling on books of different genres. Decide if the book is tasty enough to devour the whole thing or if it is a pass. During this program, we will introduce readers to a variety of genres. They’ll have a designated period of time to read, explore, and take notes on a book before moving onto the next book on the menu. For ages 8-12.
March 31st at 4:30 pm
Do you want to be an artist? Join Ms. Chelsea as she leads you step-by-step in creating a masterpiece. Registration Required.
AFter School Programs
Word Wizards: Sci-Fi Writing
Do you love writing about aliens, outer space, and cyborgs? Do you like writing about futures with flying cars and teleportation devices? Come to Word Wizards to talk about our favorite science fiction stories and learn how to write a cool one ourselves. January 8th at 3 PM at the Youth Department. Writers K – 6 of all experience levels and interests welcome!
Word Wizards: Mysteries
Writing mystery stories can be almost as hard as solving them. Where do you put your clues? How do you give hints to the reader without giving too much away? And will your main character put the pieces together for themselves? We’ll brainstorm fun ideas for writing our own mysteries and maybe try solving a few ourselves. January 8th at 3 PM at the Youth Department. Writers K – 6 of all experience levels and interests welcome!
Word Wizards: Poetry
Writing poetry can be a little intimidating, but it can be lots of fun too! We’ll learn about several different forms of poetry and where they came from, then try writing some of our own. No experience in poetry-writing necessary; just come with an open mind and a good sense of humor. March 11th at 3 PM at the Youth Department. Writers K – 6 of all experience levels and interests welcome!
Word Wizards: Dragons
Dragons have soared through every time and culture, inspiring and terrifying with their power and majesty. But there’s a lot you may not know about our scaly friends. For instance; what’s a wyvern? A wyrm? A drake? And who would win if they all got in a fight? Why do some dragons have legs but not wings and some have wings but not legs? And are they ever friendly? We’ll explore all of these questions at Word Wizards, including the most important one: how do you write about a dragon? April 15th at 3 PM at the Youth Department. Writers K – 6 of all experience levels and interests welcome!
Tween Time: Switching it Up
Come get introduced to the Youth Department’s newest technology: the Nintendo Switch! Learn how to play popular nintendo games and discuss future activities and clubs centered around the Switch. January 29th at 3PM at the Youth Department. For grades 4-6th. Snacks provided, no registration necessary.
Tween Time: Indoor Sports
Beat the winter blues with some creative indoor sports games. Compete in several physical events for fun prizes and a chance to win the Tween Time Olympics! Who needs the outside to exercise when you have rolling chairs? We will also decide on the superhero movie we will watch at the next Tween Time. February 5th in the Meeting Room. For grades 4-6th. Light snacks provided, no registration necessary.
Tween Time: Superhero Movie Viewing
Get ready for adventure and action as we watch a superhero movie! We will decide the movie at our Indoor Sports event on February 5th. Be sure to pay attention to the movie; you may want to use ideas from it (or one of your other favorite movies or comics) for next week’s event! February 26th in the Meeting Room. For Grades 4-6th. Popcorn and drinks provided. Please note: the movie will show past 4. You are invited to stay for as much of the film as you are able.
Tween Time: Designing a Superhero
Have you always had the perfect idea for a superhero? Have you always wanted to write a story or comic about how they save the universe? Now is your chance to make the best superhero ever (and pair it with a dastardly supervillain). We will decide what your hero’s powers are, what they look like, how they became “super” and more! March 4th in the CoLab. For grades 4-6th. Heroic snacks provided, no registration necessary.
Tween Time: Earth Friendly Crafts
Make some earth friendly crafts in honor of Earth day! We’ll discuss steps you can take to help care for the environment around you and play Earth Day themed games! March 25th in the CoLab. For grades 4-6th. Snacks provided, no registration necessary.
Tween Time: Switching it Up – Blindfolded Mario Kart
It’s everyone’s favorite Kart racer with an April Fool’s twist! It will take hard work, cooperation, and a good sense of humor to succeed. Are you up for the challenge? Afterwards we will discuss our favorite (harmless) April Fool’s pranks and how to keep things fun when planning (safe) tricks on your friends. April 1st in the Youth Department. For grades 4-6th. Snacks provided, no registration necessary.
Tween Time: Rube Goldberg Machine
Who’s Rube Goldberg? And what do his machines do? Find out about the man who created very complicated solutions for simple problems – and then try to make one for yourself. How many steps can you take to use a marble to ring a bell? April 29th in the CoLab. For grades 4-6th. Snacks provided, no registration necessary.
Reading Pals is a program that allows primary-grade students (grades kindergarten-3rd grade) the opportunity to develop reading fluency by practicing reading to a dog from the Cedar Valley Pet Pals organization. Six (6) fifteen-minute reading slots are available at each session–two each at 4:15, 4:35, and 4:55 on the first and third Thursdays of the month in the upstairs meeting room. Pre-registration is required at the youth desk or by calling 319-859-3282, and students who register must practice, in advance, the books they plan to read to their canine Reading Pal. If you have questions, please stop by or call the youth department at 319-859-3282.