This Saturday! STEM & Stories Saturday @ The Playground

Join us this Saturday as our special guest from AHeniz57 Pet Rescue and be ready for a tail-wagging surprise!

STEM & Stories Saturday
Date: January 16, 2021 at 10:00am
Setting: ZOOM
Register Here
Upon sign up, you will receive a “free” material kit!


Did you miss Monday’s Makerspace Monday Virtual Event?  Don’t worry, check out the recording. Denise escapes to a topical oasis and makes Coconut Sugar Scrub and Body Soufflé.

Makerspace Mondays are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30pm.
Register Here
Upon sign up, you will receive a “free” material kit!

To view past programs and for more information about Makerspace Mondays and STEM & Stories Saturdays visit our Mondays and Saturdays Page.

January Youth Programs @ The Playground

In the coming year, the fun has just begun! On January 11th for Makerspace Monday Event, we will be taking a trip to a tropical oasis when we blend, coconut into a sugar scrub and whipped cream soufflé, this is going to be a vacation in a bottle. On January 16th for STEM and Stories Saturday, I can’t wait to meet our heroes from the Heinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport. It is going to be such a furry of a good time.  And our newest program Braille Babies will be on January 16th.

It’s not too late to register for all of these fun programs!

January @ The Playground

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date and Time: January 11th 6:30 p.m.
Activity: Escaping to a tropical oasis – Coconut Sugar Scrub and Body Soufflé
Register Here

STEM and Stories Saturday Virtual Event
Date and Time: January 16th 10:00 a.m.
Activity: Featured Guest from Heniz57 and be ready for a tail-wagging surprise!
Register Here

“NEW” Braille Babies
Date and Time: January 16th 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Activities, Games and More! Making Connections Together!
Ages: 0 to 4 years’ old
Information and Registration Here

If you have any questions please contact Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us, (515)452-1338

December Recap @ The Playground

On December 14th at our Makerspace Monday event was such a chocolatey delight as we snuggled by the fireplace sipping on a cup of hot cocoa, with guest Ms. Jodi. Our fingers were getting messy as we brushed on glue, and like magic, created twine ornaments! We were so busy, creating three different and adorable ornaments at our Ornament Workshop!

Next, on December 19th for our STEM and Stories Saturday we had a very special, storytime and song, with featured guest Emily Tinsman, Miss Iowa 2019-2020. She was beautiful, wearing her sparkly crown!

In the coming year, the fun has just begun! On January 11th for Makerspace Monday Event, we will be taking a trip to a tropical oasis when we blend, coconut into a sugar scrub and whipped cream soufflé, this is going to be a vacation in a bottle! On January 16th for STEM and Stories Saturday, I can’t wait to meet our heroes from the Heinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport. It is going to be such a furry of a good time!

Coming up in January @ the Playground

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date and Time: January 11th 6:30 p.m.
Activity: Escaping to a tropical oasis – Coconut Sugar Scrub and Body Soufflé
Register Here

STEM and Stories Saturday Virtual Event
Date and Time: January 16th 10:00 a.m.
Activity: Featured Guest from Heniz57 and be ready for a tail wagging surprise!
Register Here

“NEW” Braille Babies
Date and Time: January 16th 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Activities, Games and More! Making Connections Together!
Ages: 0 to 4 years’ old
Information and Registration Here

New Youth Program Starting This January – Braille Babies

Time to celebrate, we are introduciBunny with a bookng a brand new program created by your youth library, Braille Babies!  Your child will gain incredible learning opportunities designed just for them. Simply by signing up your child, they will receive, a free braille book, access to monthly resources filled with helping tools designed to stretch and explore new experiences at the turn and touch of each page.

 

Braille Babies

For Ages: 0-4 years’ old

Design of the Program

  • Teaching children the importance of exploring touch, textures and tactiles
  • Elaborate on a multi-sensory approach to reading readiness
  • Time to play!
  • Beginning Braille Skills Are Explored
  • Monthly Braille Activities Provided
  • Parent Resources
  • Monthly Parent Sessions
  • Personalized Activity Box received at sign up!

Please join us, for our VERY FIRST Braille Babies Virtual Event  on January 16th at 11:00am

Register for Braille Babies

If you have any questions please contact Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us, (515)452-1338

December Youth Programs

@ The Playground

Oooohhhh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire inside is delightful… wait a minute, I am not ready for winter yet, are you? Take a deep breath, in the month of December get ready for our two incredible programs! Makerspace Monday, on December 14th, will start our month off by offering a sparkling, dazzling Ornament Workshop mixed-in with hot chocolate and special guest Jodi Aldini. Next, for our STEM and Stories Saturday, on December 19th, we will have a special story time and song with featured guest Emily Tinsman, Miss Iowa 2019-2020. Sign up early and receive a “Woodbead Snowman Kit.”  

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date: December 14, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Activity: Sparkling and Dazzling Ornament Workshop!
Setting: Zoom
Registration

STEM and Story Saturdays featured guest, Emily Tinsman, Miss Iowa 2019-2020 
Date: December 19, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Activity: Song and Story Time
Setting: Zoom
Registration

*Upon signing up you will receive a “free” activity kit.

Hooked on Books

Hooked on Books Virtual Autumn Reading Adventures each Wednesday at 4:00pm.  While you are “chillin’ and relaxing at this afterschool event, you will be kicking back with games, story times with a twist, celebrations, and so much more.
Register for Hooked on Books

READsquared

Plus, our library is partnering with READsquared which is an interactive online program! RIGHT NOW, if you sign up, not only will your child be a part of this “cool” learning experience, but this program will track time spent reading and growing, while rewarding “FREE” Activity Kits. Simply click to participate. DON’T MISS OUT!
Register for READsquared

Questions?  Contact Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian, denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us, 515-452-1228

December Hooked on Books

There is STILL time to sign up! It is my promise; you will have a sleigh of a good time! Below, please find the December Hooked on Books Agenda. December 2nd has come and gone, but no worries, Ms. Denise will still send out the activity kit for “Little Cooks and a Book”! To keep you up to speed, on the first Wednesday of each month, the Hooked on Books program will offer a variety of fun activities! December 2nd we made delicious “Homemade Oatmeal Cookies,” Yum! Yum! Yum! If you are interested in participating, simply sign up at the link below. 

Hooked on Books
Wednesdays
Time: 4:00pm-4:30pm
Activity Kit: All materials are provided!
Register Here

Here is what we have planned for the rest of December Hooked on Books program: 

Week 1 December 2nd “Little Cooks and a Book”

Week 2 December 9th GAMES
Activity: “Answer that Question” and Win a Prize!

Week 3 December 16th CRAFTS
Activity: “Cozy Scented Sock Bunny
This is going to be awesome! You will be making a Knuffle Bunny with the scent of lavender and orange for extra cozy fun!

Week 4 December 23rd Story Time Field Trip!
This part is a surprise!! You might just want this field trip to never end! 

If you have questions don’t hesitate to reach out!
Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian
Denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us
515-452-1338