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A complete and detailed list of children's scheduled programs is on this page. Read this month's brochure for a list of featured programs in all departments scheduled this month.

SPECIAL EVENTS

WILD KRATT WEDNESDAYS

Wednesdays, 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

April 1 - 29, 2015 (Zoboomafoo with the Kratt Brothers)
May 6 - 27, 2015 (Zoofari with Jim Knox)

For children of all ages

Join Miss Linda for a Wild Kratts episode! Don't forget to bring a bag lunch. Children will take home a worksheet or coloring page.



EASTER EGG HUNT

Please note: both sessions are now full. No further registrations are being accepted.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
or
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
For children of all ages

Join Miss Linda at the library for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Starting off with a story and craft….building to the egg hunt finale!! Limited space available. You MUST register in the Children's Department.



Will Hillenbrand

PA ONE BOOK ANNIVERSARY EVENT

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
6:30 p.m.
For children of all ages

Join children’s author and illustrator Will Hillenbrand for a special night celebrating the Pennsylvania One Book Every Young Child initiative! Mr. Hillenbrand will discuss his writing and illustrating process and share one of his books with us. His book What a Treasure! was the PA One Book selection in 2010. He writes: “After more than 50 books, I still feel lucky to do what I love.” The program will end with a special book signing, meet and greet, and refreshments.

Register for this program online,at the Children's Reference Desk or call 724-941-9430, ext. 3160.



NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK: BOOKS AWEIGH!

April 12 - 18, 2015
For children of all ages

Weigh your checked out books from April 12 – 18 and receive a ticket for each pound of books. Tickets are placed into a treasure chest for a chance to win a “Books Aweigh” basket. Participate in the Jolly Roger guessing game by guessing how many pound of books will be read (without going over) during the week. Fair winds and good luck!



MOTHER'S DAY GIFT

Thursday, May 7, 2015
7:00 - 7:45 p.m.
For children of all ages with parent (preferably with dad)

Make a surprise gift for Mother's Day!



SPRING PROGRAMS FOR BABIES THROUGH KINDERGARTEN

Spring session: 9 weeks, March 23 - May 22, 2015. Registration begins March 2 for residents, March 9 for non-residents.

BOOK BABIES

Ages: Birth - 12 months with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, March 23 - May 22, 2015
When: Tuesdays, 10:00 - 10:20 a.m.

You can't start too early at the library! In this 20-minute program, babies will gain contact with language through stories, songs, rhymes, and finger plays, helping them take their first steps toward a lifetime love of books and reading. Register in the Children's Department.


MOTHER GOOSE TIME

Ages: 12 - 24 months with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, March 23 - May 22, 2015
When: Tuesdays, 11:00 - 11:20 a.m.

They're just learning to talk -- give them something to talk about! 20 minutes of books, fun rhymes, songs and finger plays to encourage language growth and a love of reading. Register in the Children's Department.


TODDLER TALES

Ages: 2 - 3½ with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, March 23 - May 22, 2015
When:

Mondays, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR
Wednesdays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
They can walk, they can talk -- and they can learn! This 30-minute program adds crafts and fun to stories for further encouragement on the way to becoming lifelong readers. Register in the Children's Department.


PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

Ages: 3½ - 5
Duration: 9 weeks, March 23 - May 22, 2015
When:

Tuesdays, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. OR
Wednesdays, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Limit: 35 children

They're almost ready to learn on their own -- help them get there with this parent-optional preschool storytime. Stories, games, activities, movies, crafts and more make this 45-minute program a big hit. Register in the Children's Department.


KINDERGARTEN STORYTIME

Ages: Kindergartners and 5-year-olds
Duration: 9 weeks, March 23 - May 22, 2015
When: Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. OR 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Topic: Tales from the Garden
Limit: 35 children

This full-hour program goes the next step in learning and loving reading through stories, activities, crafts and movies. Register in the Children's Department.


BODIES IN MOTION

Ages: 2 - 5 with an adult
Duration: 8 weeks, March 23 - May 22, 2015 (no session on April 3)
When: Fridays, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Have fun and keep fit at the library! Bodies in Motion is a 30-minute program filled with wiggling, giggling, jiggling fun! Register in the Children's Department.



TINY TUNES MUSIC

Ages: 2½ - 5 with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, March 23 - May 22, 2015
When: Mondays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. OR 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Limit: 20 children

Tiny Tunes Music is a fun, casual program of playing with and learning about music. Every week explore a different theme and way to make music. Register in the Children's Department.


SCIENCE PROGRAMS FOR AGES 2-5

GROSSOLOGY

Ages: 2 - 5 with an adult (siblings welcomed)
Duration: 4 weeks, April 2 - 23, 2015
When: Thursdays, 6:00 - 6:20 p.m.
Limit: 25 per class

Register in the Children's Department.


UP IN THE AIR

Ages: 2 - 5 with an adult (siblings welcomed)
Duration: 3 weeks, May 7 - 21, 2015
When: Thursdays, 6:00 - 6:20 p.m.
Limit: 25 per class

Register in the Children's Department.


PROGRAMS FOR GRADES KINDERGARTEN AND UP (please look at individual programs for age restrictions)

MAGIC TREE HOUSE BOOK CLUB

Ages: Grades Kindergarten and up
When: 1st Saturday of the month
Time: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

April 4, 2015: Dingoes at Dinnertime
May 2, 2015: Good Morning, Gorilla
June 6, 2015: Pirates Past Noon
Imagine you had a magical tree house that could take you to another time and place! Travel with Jack and Annie in their magic tree house when you read a great Magic Tree House book by Mary Pope Osborne. Join us for a discussion and activities based on these great books! Register in the Children's Department.


GIRLS' BOOK CLUB

Ages: Girls in grades 4 - 6
When: Mondays,

April 13, 2015: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
May 11, 2015: Matilda by Roald Dahl
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

It's a girls' night! Enjoy reading together, and sharing in this special girls only book club! Snacks provided.


LEGO BUILDERS CLUB

Ages: Grades 2 and older
When: 4th Monday of the month
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Join fellow Lego enthusiasts to create what is only limited by your imagination. Lego's will be provided or feel free to bring your own! The library will gratefully accept Lego donations for our club! Register in the Children's Department.


CHINESE LANGUAGE FOR CHILDREN

Ages: Grades 1 - 8
Duration: 4 weeks, May 2 - May 23, 2015
When: Saturdays, 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Cost: $35.00
Instructor: Barbara Chen, M. Ed., native Chinese speaker

This class is designed with the idea that children learn best from the content which is relevant to their everyday lives. Students will learn pronunciation, meaningful characters, phrases, sentence structures, writing and cultures. Beginners are welcome. Any other questions, please email Barbara@chenchinese.com. Register at the library's circulation desk.


HOMESCHOOLERS' GROUP

Ages: Parents and children grades 1 and up (parents and younger children also welcome)
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays beginning October 8, 2014 - May 27, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Attention homeschoolers! Share your experiences and get great tips at the library’s weekly homeschoolers’ group. While the parents facilitate their own idea swap group, their multi-age children will participate in a librarian-led enrichment class. Registration in the Children’s Department is preferred, but walk-ins are also welcomed.


PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

Ages: For kids and parents of all ages
When: Wednesdays,

April 29, 2015: Big Hero 6
May 20, 2015: Babe
Time: 6:00 - 7:45 p.m.

It's movie night at the library! Bring your whole family as we watch terrific family-friendly movies. We'll provide the popcorn and candy -- you don't even have to buy tickets! What could be better? Just bring a sleeping bag and/or a stuffed animal friend. See you at the movies! Register in the Children's Department.


PAWS FOR READING

Ages: Children in preschool and up
When: Saturdays, April 11, May 9, 2015
Time: 10:00 - 11:20 a.m.

Come to the library, curl up with a canine companion, and ... you guessed, read! In this program, children in grades 1 and up can visit with a registered therapy dog at the library to gain extra self-confidence and fluency by spending time reading to these attentive animals. Call or stop in to sign up for your 20-minute time slot. Register in the Children's Department.


ARTS ACTIVITIES/PROGRAMS

CHARCOAL DRAWING WITH COLORED PENCILS

Ages: 6½ - 13
Duration: 4 weeks, March 10 - 31, 2015
When: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Limit: 15 children
Cost: $15.00 plus supplies
Instructor: Diana Koch

Students will learn basic drawing techniques using charcoal and colored pencils. Register at the library’s circulation desk. Please see supply list when registering.


SCULPEY CLAY

Ages: 6½ - 13
Duration: 4 weeks, April 7 - 28, 2015
When: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Limit: 15 children
Cost: $15.00 plus supplies
Instructor: Diana Koch

Students will learn basic drawing techniques with sculpey clay. Register at the library’s circulation desk. Please see supply list when registering.


WATERCOLOR PENCILS

Ages: 6½ - 13
Duration: 4 weeks, May 5 - 26, 2015
When: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Limit: 15 children
Cost: $15.00 plus supplies
Instructor: Diana Koch

Students will learn basic techniques with watercolor pencils, with one session devoted to cartoon drawing. Register at the library’s circulation desk. Please see supply list when registering.


SUPER HERO SUMMER READING PROGRAM
8 Weeks, June 22 - August 14, 2015

KICK-OFF AND SIGN-UP PARTY
Saturday, June 6, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

SUPER HERO STORE
August 17 - 22 during library open hours

Our Children’s “Super Hero” Summer Reading Program (SRP) runs for 8 super filled weeks from June 22 – August 14. We’ll have a kick-off and sign-up party on Saturday, June 6th, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the library. We’ll be welcoming John Lege (aka “That Guy With the Birds”) at 12:30 p.m. during the kick-off party, who’ll be bringing some of his feathered friends and talking about super heroes who save birds!

Children can earn points during the SRP that can be redeemed for all kinds of super hero treats at our Super Hero Store during the week of August 17 – 22.

Check in the Children’s department and the library website for more “super” details!


KID SURVEY

Washington County Libraries along with various community partners are creating a webpage specifically for students in grades 4-8. Students in grades 4-8 are being asked to provide feedback for developing and adding to the webpage. Please click on the following link if you would like to participate in the survey: Kid Survey  
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