New Season of Youth Programs at the Library

Winter youth programs at White Lake Community Library
New Season of Youth Programs at the Library

Programs are back in full swing at the White Lake Community Library for children and families.  Our upcoming Family Night program on January 30th will feature a Traveling Zoo from John Ball Zoo.  See and touch live animals at this fun program for all ages.  The event is just one of many winter programs the library has planned for children and teens, including family nights, story times, Read to a Dog, and teen gaming events.

 Family Nights, weekly programs for children and families, are offered at 6:30 every Thursday from January 23rd to March 5th.   All events are free, all ages are welcome, and registration is not required.  Other upcoming Family Nights include a free family movie on February 6th and a Valentine’s Party on February 13th, just to name a few.

 The library is also offering Baby Time and Play & Learn groups this winter starting the week of January 20.  Both are designed to boost important early literacy skills in a fun and interactive setting for kids and caregivers.  These programs are free, and registration is not required.  Due to the January Series, the first two weeks of Baby Time and Play & Learn will be hosted in the Coffee Connections Room instead of the big meeting room.

 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 5-year olds.  It is a hybrid of a traditional story time and a preschool classroom, with lots of hands-on stations for youngsters to explore their world through play. These sessions last for one hour each, and participants will 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 winter with a weekly program that gives kids a chance to hone their reading skills by reading aloud to a registered therapy dog.  It is offered during our evening Play & Learn program, and is open to all young readers.  Kids will be able to take a turn reading one-on-one with one of two cuddly dogs.

 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. 

 For more information, stop by the library at 3900 White Lake Drive, visit the kids and teens pages at wlclib.org, or call 231-894-9531.  You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram (@whitelakelibrary).  All programs are free and advance registration is not required.