Join Us for Makerspace Monday on April 12th!

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundDon’t miss the Makerspace Monday Virtual Event on Monday, April 12th at 6:30pm. We will not only discover the magic of feathers but get ready to tie and trim as you assemble the Feathery Macramé craft! You will learn to turn yarn into wall art just one feather at a time.

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date and Time: April 12th 6:30 p.m.

Activity: Feathery Macramé Fun
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March Recap @ The Playground

On March 8th at our Makerspace Monday, we explored the moon and learned a thing or two about chemistry. Isn’t the moon marvelous! We discovered the science of mixing together self-rising flour with a few sprinkles of water and made puffy paint by using a microwave. Did you know that earth is 4 times bigger than the moon and 12 people have once landed on the moon? We always learn a lot @ the Playground!

Next, on March 20th for our STEM and Stories Saturday our very special library friend Dan Chibnall, from Drake University, treated our senses with actual sounds of the spacecraft called Perseverance. We actually felt like we were on Mars! Not only that, but Dan shared stories of the Red Planet itself, MARS. Did you know that an astronaut’s suit weighs around 75 pounds, wow, can you imagine wearing that to school? Thank you Dan for sharing your story of space, we hope to see you again soon.

Coming up next month on April 12th for the Makerspace Monday Event, we will not only discover the magic of feathers but get ready to tie, trim as you assemble the Feathery Macramé craft! You will learn to turn yarn into wall art just one feather at a time. On April 17th did someone say, “meow” or “ruff-ruff”? For our STEM and Stories Saturday, we will meet our friends from the Animal Rescue League as they share their furry stories of wagging tails and kindness!

Coming up in April @ the Playground

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date and Time: April 12th at 6:30 p.m.
Activity: Feathery Macramé Fun
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STEM and Stories Saturday Virtual Event
Date and Time: April 17th at 10:00 a.m.
Activity: Friends from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa!
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Hope to See You Soon!
Denise Bean

This Saturday! STEM & Stories Saturday and Braille Babies

Join us this Saturday, March 20th at 10:00am for our virtual STEM and Stories Saturday, it is Story Time with Dan Chibnall, astronomer, as we experience space sounds in space.  Also, this Saturday join us for virtual Braille Babies at 11:00am for fun learning about Braille, singing songs, and more! We didn’t want to leave anyone out, grown-ups will also learn about a great parenting tip.

STEM and Stories Saturday Virtual Program
Date and Time: March 20th 10:00 a.m.
Activity: Featuring special guest, Dan Chibnall Story Time in Space!
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Braille Babies Virtual Program
Date and Time: March 20th 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Braille, learning and Parenting Tip
Ages: 0 to 4 years old
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Did you miss this month’s virtual Makerspace Monday Virtual Event?  Don’t worry, check out the recording. This month you can touch the moon and create textures and make scientific discoveries when you learn about the different Moon Phases.

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

STEM & Stories Saturdays are held on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 10:00am.
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To view past programs and for more information about Makerspace Mondays and STEM & Stories Saturdays visit our Mondays and Saturdays Page.

Join Us for Makerspace Monday on March 8th!

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundDon’t miss the Makerspace Monday Virtual Event on Monday, March 8th at 6:30pm.  We will touch the moon as we create textures and make scientific discoveries when we learn about the different Moon Phases. Who knows, you may discover chocolate along the way!

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date and Time: March 8th 6:30 p.m.

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