February Recap @ The Playground

On February 8th at our Makerspace Monday, we were joined with special guest Emily Wharton, it was nothing short of Joyous. Sting art was top on the list. As our fingers weaved, stretched, and crisscrossed creatively through the nails that designed a heart. This beautiful block of wood not only held nails in the shape of a heart but nailheads spelled out the word “Joy” in Braille. This simple block of wood has a story to share, and oh boy, was it a heart-warming good time!

Next, on February 20th for our STEM and Stories Saturday, Sarah Willeford, shared with us the story of a real-life firefighter, Jake Royster! He taught us fire safety tips and shared with us his special Bunker gear that protects him in a fire. Jake’s job is so important. If you missed February’s Makerspace Monday or STEM and Stories Saturday check out the recordings here!

Coming up next month on March 8th for Makerspace Monday Virtual Event, we will touch the moon as we create textures and make science discovery when we learn about the different Moon Phases! Who knows, you may discover chocolate along the way! On March 20th at our STEM and Stories Saturday, it is Story Time with Dan Chibnall, astronomer, as we experience space sounds in space.

Coming up in March @ the Playground

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date and Time: March 8th 6:30 p.m.
Activity: Space with Texture!
Register Here

STEM and Stories Saturday Virtual Event
Date and Time: March 20th 10:00 a.m.
Activity: Featuring special guest, Dan Chibnall Story Time in Space!
Register Here

Braille Babies
Date and Time: March 20th 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Braille, learning and Parenting Tip!
Ages: 0 to 4 years old
Register Here

Hope to See You Soon!
Denise Bean

February Youth Programs @ the Playground

Each month that passes us by, it keeps getting better and better all the time @ the Playground! Please give a round-of-applause for all the guests that visited our Library!

Join us for our February virtual events!  On February 8th for our virtual Makerspace Monday, we will get tangled in string art! This is very special string art, as it has a message on the outside in Braille, all created using NAILS! Also, we will have an added surprise with a featured video giving us a sneak peek into how the String Art was created!
On February 20th at our virtual STEM and Stories Saturday, we will meet a real-life superhero himself, Jake, who is a fireman and EMT [Emergency Medical Team]! He may even teach us a few tips on how to be safe in a fire! Gee, I think I hear the fire truck now, whhaaaaaaa!!
Don’t forget about our new program called Braille Babies on February 20th at 11:00am. In January, we had fun learning about the Braille Cell, letter a, dot 1, as a matter of fact! We sang and talked all about “opposites”! We didn’t want to leave anyone out, grown-ups also learned about a great “Parenting Tip”!

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date and Time: February 8th at 6:30 p.m.
Activity: String Art and Braille
Register Here

STEM and Stories Saturday Virtual Event
Date and Time: February 20th at 10:00 a.m.
Activity: Featured Guest Fireman and EMT, Jake
Register Here

Braille Babies
Date and Time: February 20th at 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Activities, Games, and More! Making Connections Together!
Ages: 0 to 4 years’ old
Information and Registration Here

Hope to see you soon!

Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian
denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us
515-452-1338

January Recap @ The Playground

On January 11th at our Makerspace Monday, we found ourselves basking in the sun, as we enjoyed the scent of the ocean and the sweet smell of coconut. The textures, scents, and temperature was a sensory explosion! Did you know that a coconut tree can live to be 80 years old? Also, another fun fact, a coconut tree doesn’t even grow its first coconut until it turns 6 years old, wow, now that is pretty incredible! It was a blast making Coconut Sugar Scrub and Lotion Souffle.

Next, on January 16th for our STEM and Stories Saturday we had a very special time with our friends at AHeinz57, we took a tour with Ms. Deb Elings and learned all about; dogs, puppies, kittens, and cats! They were adorable but boy were they talkative! One dog was as white as snow and even had the name, Winterwonderland. We listened to sounds from all different types of dogs! Plus, we even checked out their yellow AHeinz57 Rescue vehicle that saves dogs and cats! I guess you can call our new AHeinz57 friends, our furry friend’s HEROES!

If you missed January’s Makerspace Monday or STEM and Stories Saturday check out the recordings here!

Coming up next month on February 8th for Makerspace Monday Virtual Event, we will get tangled in string art! This is very special string art, as it has a message on the outside in Braille! On February 20th at our STEM and Stories Saturday, we will meet a real live superhero himself, Jake, who is a fireman and EMT [Emergency Medical Team]. He may even teach us a few tips on how to be safe in a fire!

Please don’t forget about our NEW program called BRAILLE BABIES! We had fun learning about the Braille Cell, letter a, dot 1, as a matter of fact! We sang and talked all about opposites. We didn’t want to leave anyone out, grown-ups also learned about a Parenting Tip.   

Coming up in February @ the Playground

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date and Time: February 8th 6:30 p.m.
Activity: String Art!
Register Here

STEM and Stories Saturday Virtual Event
Date and Time: February 20th 10:00 p.m.
Activity: Featuring special guest, Jake Royster, Fire Safety Tips!
Register Here

Braille Babies
Date and Time: February 20th 11:00 p.m.
Activity: Shapes and learning about the Braille letter b!
Ages: 0 to 4 years’ old
Register Here

Hope to See You Soon!
Denise Bean

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