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Sled Dogs and Story Times at the Library

Announcing the winter programs for kids and families, and introducing new youth program coordinator, Hannah Moulds.
Sled Dogs and Story Times at the Library

Meet real sled dogs and learn about the Iditarod with Dan Anderson of Tun-Dra Kennels.  (Dress warmly if you want to pet the dogs, though; it’s too hot in the library for them, so they will stay outside.) The Family Night kick-off, free fun for the whole family, is set for 6:30 on Thursday, February 7.  The event is just one of many programs the library is planning for children and teens this winter and spring, including Family Nights, Story Times, Read to a Dog, and Teen Gaming.

 Family Nights, weekly programs for children and families, will be offered at 6:30 on Thursdays from February 1 to March 21.  The complete schedule will be posted on the website shortly.  There will be no Family Night on February 28 due to the used book sale.  

 The library is thrilled to introduce the new Youth Program Coordinator, Hannah Moulds.  She will be taking over all the youth programming at the library, including the Baby Time and Play & Learn groups.  Both story time groups are designed to boost important early literacy skills in a fun and interactive setting for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and caregivers.  These programs are free, and registration is not required.

 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 chat while the babies play under their supervision.  The winter session begins February 4 and continues until April 22.  There will be no Baby Time on February 18 or 25, due to scheduling issues.

 Play & Learn meets Tuesdays at 10:15 and 6:15, and is for infants through 4 year olds and their caregivers.  It is a hybrid of a traditional story time and a preschool classroom, with lots of hands-on stations where youngsters are free to explore their world through play. These sessions last a full hour, and each family in attendance will receive 2 new books to keep this season.   Participants are welcome to attend any combination of morning and evening sessions.  Play and Learn begins February 5 and continues until April 23.  There will be no sessions on February 19 or 26 due to scheduling issues.

 Read to a Dog is back, with both Zeke and Lucy ready to listen to stories.  The read-to-a-dog program gives kids a chance to hone their reading skills by reading aloud to a registered therapy dog.  Youngsters are invited to read with Lucy on the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning February 5, or read with Zeke on the second and fourth Tuesday beginning February 12.  This program will be held from 6:15 to 7:15 in conjunction with the evening Play and Learn session, and is open to all young readers, whether they attend the Play and Learn sessions or not.

Gamers 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.  The STEM tools and toys collection will also be available for use during this time.