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

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

November Recap @ The Playground

November was an exciting time @ The Playground!  Amanda Drish from the Des Moines Symphony joined us for our Makerspace Monday Event, we had front row seats to the sweet sounds of Amanda’s string instruments. Not only that, but we learned all about the different pitches and tones, from very HIGH to very LOW. As an extra treat, we ended our time together with the stroke of a brush! We swirled and dabbed in paint, as we created canvas art while listening to the violin of Amanda. I must admit, that without a doubt, by far was my favorite part!

Next, on November 21st for our STEM and Stories Saturday, we warmed our hearts to the sweet smell of cinnamon! We created Cinnamon Scented Salt Dough Stars. This activity is sure to become a “new” family tradition. We learned about the meaning of tradition, while we had fun in the softness of flour. Hey, did you know that flour is made out of wheat? We mixed and measured salt with a sprinkle of cinnamon right into the mix! The playground was filled with the aroma of delicious homemade pumpkin pie!

Couldn’t make it?  Check out the program recordings

Coming up in December @ the Playground

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event

Date and Time: December 14th at 6:30 p.m.
Activity: Sparkling and Dazzling Ornament Workshop
Registration

STEM and Stories Saturday Virtual Event

Date and Time: December 19th at 6:30 p.m.
Activity: Song and Storytime with featured guest, Emily Tinsman, Miss Iowa 2019-2020
Sign up early to receive a “Woodbead Snowman Kit”

Registration

November @ the Playground

November Youth Programs @ the Playground

What a splendid time we had at our Makerspace Monday virtual event. We were honored to have guest Amanda Drish who charmed all of us with the sounds of beautiful string instruments! It was a glorious time in deed! After we wiggled and swayed in our chairs we got busy creating beautiful textures of art on canvass! “Look out Picasso we have a new artist in town!” It was so much fun as we danced the paint across the canvass while taking in the sound of the violin! Don’t worry if you missed the program, you can watch the recording.

But wait, we have more creating to do @ the Playground! Are you ready to get busy; mixing, pouring, adding and scented sprinkles of the Thanksgiving season? Did I hear yes, well let me tell you what your Ms. Denise has up her sleeve, you will be creating “Cinnamon Scented Salt Dough Ornaments” made right in your own kitchen. No problem, we will do it together with special guest Ellie from our Summer Reading Program! It will be a mixed bag of treats to say the least!

STEM and Stories Saturdays
Date and Time – 11/21/2020 at 10:00am
Activity – “Creating Cinnamon Scented Salt Dough Ornaments”
An activity-kit will be mailed upon sign up!
Registration

If you have any questions please do hesitate to reach out by contacting Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515-452-1338.