We are pleased to announce that Youth Services has won a Stewart’s Holiday Match Grant!  Stewart’s awarded us $500 to enhance our Early Literacy Place Space with multi-ethnic puppets, dress-up costumes, and other educational toys.  Play is described as one of the best ways children can learn language and literacy skills, and the library’s Early Literacy Play Space is a place where this sort of vital learning is encouraged and celebrated.


Start planning your April activities by signing up online or picking up your free tickets for these fun events!

Geometric Designs with Pizazz (Tuesday, April 7 @ 2:00 and 3:30PM)  A facilitator from the Tang Teaching Museum will be here to help kids create Geometric Designs with Pizazz. Inspired by Stanley Whitney’s irregular grid paintings and Regina Bogat’s diamond-shaped paintings, we will create geometric collages out of a variety of bright and sparkling materials. A fun STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activity! Choose either of the hour-long sessions. For kids in 1st-4th grades. Please register in-person or online. Registration begins Saturday, March 14.

American Girl Afternoon (Wednesday, April 8 @ 2:00PM) Is it Kirsten or Samantha, Kaya or Kit? You and your American Girl are invited to spend a special afternoon playing games, making crafts, and enjoying snacks! Bring your favorite doll – you may even dress alike if you choose. For kids in 2nd grade & older. Please register in-person or online. Registration begins Saturday, March 14.

Movie “Penguins of Madagascar” (Wednesday, April 8 @ 6:30PM)  Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched! The penguins from Madagascar are back to thwart the diabolical plan of villain Dr. Octavius Brine. Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private team with a clandestine animal organization known as North Wind, led by… (we could tell you his name, but then, you’d know it!). Discover the secrets of the most entertaining espionage birds in the world in this hilarious Dreamworks production. Rated PG. 92 minutes. Pick up free tickets in Youth Services beginning Saturday, March 14.

Family Night “Just a Goofy Show!”  (Thursday, April 9 @ 6:30PM)  A ventriloquist, magician, and musician, Steve Charney has been charming audiences for years. He’s bringing his trunkful of magic tricks, funny hats, props, and his pal Harry for a rollicking night of fun. “ Just a Goofy Show” promises to be a zany, upbeat performance for families of all ages. Pick up free tickets in Youth Services beginning Saturday, March 14.

Tween Night Out (Friday, April 17 @ 7:00-9:00PM)  It’s an after-hours party for 5th – 8th graders! Grab a friend for pizza, soda, snacks, DJ dancing, Guitar Hero & Wii! Since the building will be closed to the public, you’ll use the staff entrance in the back and pick up will be promptly at 9:00 PM. Please register in-person, online, or by phone at 810-0315. A $2.00 fee will be collected.

Writers’ Workshop (Saturday, April 18 @ 2:00-4:00PM)  Are you a future poet or novelist? Join us for this creative writing workshop that explores forms of short prose and poetry. Kids will explore originality, style, expression, and creativity/artistry. Each participant will go home with a finished piece. For kids in grades 5th-8th. Please register in-person, online, or by phone at 810-0315 starting Saturday, March 14.

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limericksLimericks are short, humorous poems of five lines, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet.  Kids in grades 5-8 are invited to submit their own, original limerick to Youth Services by 8:00PM Wednesday, March 18.  Entries must be on an 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper with child’s name, phone number, grade, and school written on the back. Limericks will be judged anonymously; limit one entry per person. Each winner will receive an award certificate and a prize. We will publish the winning limericks in our newsletter, online, and in Youth Services. Best of luck!