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Enjoy Kid-Friendly Programs

Enjoy Kid-Friendly Programs

Published: January 09, 2020

Every week at the library delivers a wealth of learning and entertainment opportunities, but this coming week promises an especially rich slate of programs. No matter your child’s age, we have something available to engage and provoke.

• Families can have fun with a multicultural take on starting the New Year. To help participants invite good luck into 2020, they’ll begin by writing their wishes on decorative paper and then folding the paper squares into Origami Cranes, the traditional Japanese symbol of good fortune and prosperity. While we won’t create 1000 of them (the ideal quantity to fulfill a wish), we will put good thoughts into the universe!

The program takes place at 6 pm on Monday, January 13 at the St. Stephens Branch Library. Registration is required; please call 828.466.6821. All materials will be supplied, and young children may require parental assistance.

• As the library honors the service of the Tuskegee Airmen in the lead-up to a performance of Black Angels Over Tuskegee on February 4 at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s P.E. Monroe Auditorium, we’re presenting a STEAM Explorers program about the science of flight. Kids 7 to 13 are invited to learn about the famous World War II aviators and then design paper airplanes and compete against each other in a challenge for distance, engineering skill, and more.

The program takes place at 4 pm on Wednesday, January 15 at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library. Similar workshops will take place at 4 pm on Tuesday, January 21 at the Main Library in Newton and at 5 pm on Tuesday, January 21 at the Conover Branch Library.

(Later in the month, kids can participate in a book discussion of Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen? and pick up their own copy of the book. The discussion takes place at 5:30 pm on Monday, January 27 at the Main Library in Newton.)

• Youngsters can try their hand at Duct Tape Crafts by taking colorful rolls of the familiar product and creating practical items for themselves or others. With some quick instruction and a little guidance on how to best maneuver the sticky tape, they’ll be turning out pockets, wallets, or keychains with unique style in no time.

The workshop takes place at 4 pm on Thursday, January 16 at the St. Stephens Branch Library. All materials will be supplied.

• For the youngest kids, we’re offering a Mindfulness Storytime. It fulfills all the regular storytime needs but does so in a quieter and more deliberative manner. Children are invited to breathe deeply as we incorporate special activities and motion into the program while also gently introducing yoga poses and mindfulness. Participants will be able to get a feel for the benefits of slow, intentional movements as they enjoy the relaxed session. Ideal for children 3 to 5, but all are welcome.

The special storytime takes place at 2 pm on Saturday, January 18 at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library. Mats or towels are recommended but not required.