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.

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

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
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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.

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
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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

This Saturday! STEM & Stories Saturday @ The Playground

Join us this Saturday as our special guest – Abigail Kelly, the “2020 Iowa Honey Queen” buzzes in for a visit!

STEM & Stories Saturday has its buzz going on too, sit and relax while you learn about interesting Bee Facts as you dip your way into making your very own Lip balm beeswax. Story time included but of course!
Date: September 19, 2020 at 10:00am
Setting: ZOOM
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Upon sign up you will receive a “free” material kit!

As a special gift to you, in addition to all of this, you will also receive delicious and tasty Honey Recipes that your entire BEE friends can create and make!


Did you miss this Monday’s Makerspace Monday Virtual Event?  Don’t worry, check out the recording. It features Abigail showing us how to roll this precious wax into candles, you will become a bee expert as you learn all about honey facts & Tips.

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.

September Virtual Events @ The Playground

So what is the buzz @ the Playground, it is a special guest – Abigail Kelly, the “2020 Iowa Honey Queen.” She is buzzing in for a visit and will be inviting you to make products out of beeswax! Don’t miss out, you have two chances to get “bee busy” with learning and creating!


Image of a Sign with Makerspace Monday @ the Playground written on itMakerspace Monday Virtual Event for families will feature the creation of BEESWAX Candles, imagine that, BEESWAX Candles! As Abigail lights your way to rolling this precious wax into candles, you will become a bee expert as you learn all about honey facts & Tips.
Date: September 14, 2020 at 6:30pm
Setting: ZOOM
Register Here
Upon sign up you will receive a “free” material kit!


Image of a Sign with STEM & Stories Saturday written on it

STEM & Stories Saturday has its buzz going on too, sit and relax while you learn about interesting Bee Facts as you dip your way into making your very own Lip balm beeswax. Story time included but of course!
Date: September 19, 2020 at 10:00am
Setting: ZOOM
Register Here
Upon sign up you will receive a “free” material kit!

As a special gift to you, in addition to all of this, you will also receive delicious and tasty Honey Recipes that your entire BEE friends can create and make!