Youth Services Programming

The Youth Services Department presents programs on a variety of topics for a wide range of ages. Often there is an age or grade limit designated for each program. While the topics being presented may be of interest to a younger or older audience than intended, these age or grade limits are based on what would be both developmentally beneficial and socially appropriate to the group in general. Suggestions or recommendations for programs are always welcome.  If a program requires registration please contact the library at 219-659-0269 or stop by the children’s desk to sign up.  

Photographing Program Participants

The Library reserves the right to photograph program participants. Photos are for library use and may be used in library publicity materials. Patrons who do not wish to be photographed should notify library staff.

Punctuality

While we understand that there are times when being late cannot be avoided, we ask that attendees do not arrive more than 10 minutes after a program’s start time in order to avoid disruptions to the program and to make sure that your child receives all of the information and instruction that is presented at the beginning of the program.

Itty Bitty

Second and fourth Wednesday of the month 

11:00 am

Activity Room

Babies and toddlers up to age 3 with an adult are invited for an active class featuring stories, songs and rhymes that focus on early literacy skills. This program will be followed by playtime with age appropriate toys and sensory activities.

Preschool Story Time

First and third Tuesday of the month 

11:30 am

Activity Room

Preschoolers ages 3 – 5 and adult caregivers are invited for an active program featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes and crafts that focus on early literacy skills and school preparedness.  This program is perfect for children age 3 – Kindergarten.

Night Owls Story Time

Last Monday of the month 

6:30 pm

Activity Room

Sit back, relax and get ready for bedtime with stories and activities chosen especially for your little night owl.  Pillows, stuffed toys and jammies are welcome.

Lego Club

2nd Monday’s: June 10, July 8, August 12

5-6 pm

Activity Room

Open to anyone interested, there is no need to sign up. This will give children the opportunity to get creative and build anything they choose with LOTS of Legos. They can either work on their own creations, or build as a team. The library will provide the Legos, while the kids provide the imagination! All materials must stay at the library, so bring a camera to capture your adventures. Please leave your Legos at home. We don’t want you to lose your favorite pieces. Grades: K and up.

Summer Reading Kickoff–   Ice Cream Social            

Saturday, June 1  

1-3 pm

Meeting Room

ALL AGES, join us at the Library as we kick off our Summer Reading Program with an Ice Cream Social on Saturday, June 1st.

If Adults, Children, or Teens haven’t already register for our reading program “Universe of Stories,” they will be able to while they enjoy some delicious ice cream!

Donuts with Dad   

Saturday, June 15th

10-11 am

Activity Room 

Hey kids, Father’s Day is coming fast so grab your Dad or another person you adore and come to the library to celebrate! We’ll serve up some delicious donuts and provide a craft for you to make with Dad. All Ages.

Preschool STEAM Summer Series  

Monday’s: June 10 & 24  and July 8 & 22

11 am -12 pm

Activity Room

Get your little one’s out of the house and to the library to learn all kinds of hands on Science, Technology, Energineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) skills this summer! Ages 3-5

Yoga Story Time

Tuesday’s: June 4 & 18 July 2, 16, & 30

10-11 am

Activity Room 

Yoga story time introduces a fun approach to discovering and interpreting stories by combing the love of reading with physical and mental benefits of yoga. Please bring a yoga mat and a water. Birth to 3rd grade

Be a hero, know CPR Monday

Monday, June 10

11 am – 12 pm

Activity Room

Hopefully your kids know how to call 911, but do they know CPR? This CPR course taught by a firefighter/paramedic who will teach your kids skills that could save the life of a family member, friend, or member of your community. This is a non-certification CPR course. Kids will learn basic first aid, CPR, and choking rescue for infants and children, so they can become one more everyday hero! K and up

Crafternoons

Wednesday’s June 5 – July 31

1 pm – 3 pm

Activity Room 

Kids, join us for an afternoon of crafting. All of crafts this summer will be OUT OF THIS WORLD! Candy constellations, Straw rockets, Moon sand, Planet night lights, Galaxy painting, and much more! Drop-in. Supplies are limited.  Grades K and up.

Art Club    

Thursday’s, June 13, July 11, and August 8        

5-6 pm

Activity Room

Calling all artists! Kids are invited to the library for an hour of art exploration and fun. All supplies will be provided. Please wear clothes you can get messy in. Grades PreK-5

Summer Solstice Celebration         

Friday, June 21

1-2 pm

Outside (Weather Permitting)

The summer solstice or midsummer as it is called in Scandinavian countries marks the longest day of the summer. Learn how the sun affects our lives, other cultures sun related traditions, and how to use solar power as an alternative energy source through different activities and crafts we will being doing. ALL AGES.

Paper Tube Duel        

Wednesday, June 26      

3-4 pm

Outside (cancelled if raining)

Do you remember waging an epic battle with friends, siblings, or enemies with a paper tube? We do and we’re bringing it back! Join us on the library’s lawn and let the battle begin. We will make cardboard protective gear and duel until the last person with an unbroken tube is standing.  Grades K-5

Nerf Wars

Fridays: June 28 and August 23

6-8 pm

Meeting Room

After the library closes we will use the library as our arena to battle our friends! During Nerf Wars at Night you will participate in target shooting and other Nerf games. After our epic showdown we will have pizza and an awards ceremony. 1st – 6th grade

THE LIBRARY WILL PROVIDE Nerf bullets.

Nerf disc guns are NOT ALLOWED!

Registration required. Limited to 40.

At drop-off parents must come in to sign a wavier.

Out of this World!

Saturday, July 6     

12-2 pm

Activity Room

Ever wonder what astronauts eat or how they exercise while floating weightlessly in outer space? How difficult is it to perform mechanical tasks while wearing a bulky space suit? During this Out of this World program, visitors to the library can find the answers by completely tasks that NASA astronauts do daily while in space. Pre K-6th grades

Little Chefs

Tuesday’s: July 9 & 23rd and August 6 & 20     

 1 pm – 2 pm

Activity Room

You don’t have to blast off into space to find a quick and easy astronaut snack. In just a few simple steps, you can make Flying Saucers, Moon Rock Salad, and much more. Each week we will measure and mix up our next round of delicious snacks! Every cook will receive a toque blanche (“French for white hat”) and apron. (Edible creations will be brought home, not eaten during class.) 1st- 3rd grades. Registration Required. Limited to 20.

50th Anniversary of Apollo Landing     

Saturday, July 20

12-1 pm  

Activity Room

Saturday, July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, and astronaut Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon. Enjoy hands-on activities tailored to inspire future space explorers. ALL AGES

Beanboozled

Thursday, July 18

1 – 2 pm

Activity Room

Get “Beanboozled” at the library. Are you brave enough to spin the wheel and take the dare? It’s a dare for courageous jelly bean eaters to take their chances on tasting lookalike mild or wild flavors. If you happen to get a booger flavored bean instead of juicy pear– you’ve been bean-boozled! 3rd grade and up.

Rockets Away

Saturday, August 3

1-2 pm

Activity Room

Prepare for blast off as you experiment with Isaac Newton’s laws of motion to build and test a variety of rockets! You’ll also explore the history of NASA’s space program and construct, paint and launch your very own rocket to take home. K – 6th grades

End of Summer Reading Party

Monday, August 5     

12-2 pm

Outside and Meeting Room

If you signed up for Summer Reading, join us for an End of Summer Reading Party. We will have food, games, a bouncy house and the “Big Balloon Show” by Smarty Pants. We will also announce the winners of our Summer Reading Raffle. Ages 10 and under. The Children’s Room will be closed during the party.

National S’mores day Celebration

Saturday, August 10

6-7 pm

Outside

August 10th is National S’mores Day, and there is no need to be a Scout or a kid to celebrate. Everyone is welcome to roast a marshmallow and make a gooey sandwich with graham crackers and chocolate. Our family friendly campfire will be on the library’s  yard where we will provide the s’mores and some outdoor fun!. Registration Required. All Ages.

Back to school crafts     

 Tuesday, August 13    

 1-2 pm

Activity Room

Go back to school in style! During the evening we will make chalkboard notebooks, locker magnets, and pencil bags while we snack and chat about the new school year. All ages.