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Coding Club Joining the Fall Lineup of Kids' Programs

A new after school club for tweens will join the familiar story time and family night offerings.

Among the many familiar offerings for children at the library this fall, a new club will be forming.  The Coding Club will feature hands-on, self-paced learning using laptops, games, and other tools.  Kids age 8 and up are invited to explore the world of computer coding every Tuesday afternoon from 4 to 5 p.m. beginning October 9. The six-week session will conclude on November 13.

 In addition to the Coding Club, the White Lake Community Library will continue to offer a variety of programs for area youth, including family nights, story times, Read to a Dog, and teen gaming events.  These programs are all free, and registration is not required.

 Family Nights, weekly programs for children and families, are offered at 6:30 every Thursday from October 4 through November 15.   Planned events so far include a Kids Helping Kids event in partnership with Kids Food Basket, the 4th annual Spooky Story Walk, and an interactive theater event featuring “Kati’s Krankies”, just to name a few. 

 Twelve-week sessions of Baby Time and Play & Learn groups are set to begin the week of September 17.  Both programs are designed to boost important early literacy skills in a fun and interactive setting for kids and caregivers.  Baby Time meets Mondays at 10:30, and is aimed at infants through 2 year olds.  This brief program full of books and bouncy rhymes will be followed by some free-play time so parents and caregivers can visit while the babies play under their supervision.

Play & Learn meets Tuesdays at 10:15 and 6:15, and is for infants through 4 year olds.  It is a hybrid of a traditional story time and a play group, with lots of hands-on stations for youngsters to explore their world through play. These sessions last for one hour each, and participants receive one new book to keep each month.  Families are welcome to attend any combination of morning and evening sessions.

 Read to a Dog is back this fall with a unique program that gives kids a chance to hone their reading skills by reading aloud to a registered therapy dog.  It is held in conjunction with the evening Play & Learn sessions on Tuesday nights, with our two volunteer dogs – Zeke and Lucy – alternating weeks.  All young readers are invited to drop in and take a turn reading with a big cuddly canine. 

 Gamers of all types are welcome to gather in the library’s Coffee Connection room every Friday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm.  The library provides an Xbox 360, a variety of video and board games, and free snacks.  Players should bring their own decks for Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and other card-based games.  Various STEM materials will also be available for use during this time, and occasional art projects will be offered.  A free place to meet up and hang out on those early-release days; free food, too!

 Another offering for teens this fall will be an Escape Room Challenge, scheduled for Friday, November 2, at 8 p.m.  This hands-on, large-group game will have a Harry Potter theme, with prizes for everyone if the challenge is met within the time limit.  Pizza and snacks will be served.