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Lots to keep the kids entertained at the library

Lots to keep the kids entertained at the library

danielle arsenault booksThe dark, wet season is already upon us,  which means it is an especially great time to visit the library with your kids.  It is warm and quiet here and there are lots of activities to enjoy together.

As the Young People’s Librarian, I see children of all ages light up when an adult settles into the giant cushions with them, making a priority of simply enjoying a book together.  There are also board games and puppets available to play with, as well as new games on our iPads.

Our winter programs also offer lots of great reasons to come in out of the cold.  Our annual “cardboard challenge” will take place this Saturday, Nov. 14, from 1-2:30 p.m.  It is a creative chance for kids and adults to transform cardboard into anything they can imagine.

The following Saturday, our four-part “learn to knit a Christmas bauble” program begins.  Children aged seven & up are invited to make their own knitted decoration or gift.  The program will run 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Nov. 21, 28 and Dec. 5, 12.

Tweens will be welcomed into the library after-hours on Friday Nov. 27 to enjoy a screening of the film Inside Out.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and pick-up needs to be arranged for 8:30 p.m.

In December, members of the Coast Makers will host an Elves Maker-Shop in the library where kids and adults can drop by to make their own electronic greet ing card or other festive creation.  Take an hour out of the holiday rush to make a hand-made gift for someone, or to just enjoy tinkering together.

Finally, on Dec. 19 we will be celebrating the shortest day of the year with a “short films festival”.  Another chance to sit back and unwind together, in the midst of the busiest season of all.

So consider making the library a regular part of your family routine this winter.  It is a great place to slow down together and starting Nov. 15, the library will be open on Sundays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.  We hope to see you here soon.

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