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.

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

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
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!


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!

The Playground: August Recap and September Programs

Welcome to The Playground

We are excited to kick off our new activities and programs in The Playground.  The Playground is our fun and interactive space at the library where you can join us virtually for stories, special guests, activities, crafts and more!

August “STEM and Stories Saturdays” Recap

It was a day of learning to fly with the dragonflies! Did you know that if you ate as much food as a dragonfly in one day, it would be like you eating 64 servings of macaroni and cheese! Oh boy, that is a lot of food! We pulled out our art supplies, as we shaped and added twist and turns to the pipe cleaners and created our very own dragonfly. Our time ended as we relaxed and listened to the story called, Insects Are My Life by Megan McDonald.  Missed the August programs?  Don’t worry you can view past programs on The Playground page.

Coming up next in September @ The Playground

September Makerspace Monday

  • September 14: 6:30 pm- 7:30pmBeeswax and Lip Balm Candle Creations
    Register

September STEM & Stories Saturday

  • September 18: 10:00 am – 11:00am:  Story Time with Abigail Kelly and Lip Balm Sensory Fun
    Register

Hooked on Books

  • September 23: 4:00pm – 4:30pm: Scavenger Hunt BINGO
    Register

Questions?  Check out our Youth Library Page or contact Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian, at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515.452.1338

Summer Library Program News

Due to continuing health concerns and our desire to make sure we keep everyone healthy and safe, we will be cancelling our Makerspace Monday on Monday, June 8th and our STEM & Stories Saturday on Saturday, June 20th.  The library will also cancel its extended hours on June 8th and June 20th.

We have Summer Library Program News!

We are offering an incredible online virtual experience. This hands-on learning, includes singing, crafts, STEM learning activities, engaging sounds, reading and exploring new worlds that will openly welcome the unexpected. This Summer Reading Program will be launched on June 15th! Over six weeks there will be 18 virtual events that include, “A Trip Around the World”, “Exploring Nature Together”, “A Week of STEM”, “ANIMALS”, and last but not least “Race into Space”. As an extra treat you will be introduced to a very special guest, the fun is endless.

There are two ways you can track reading for your child. This year we are partnering with Beanstack.  Beanstack allows you to log your minutes and activities in a quick and easy way using the Beanstack website.

If you prefer not to use Beanstack, you can receive a logbook to record the minutes your child will read this summer. Everyone who completes the program by reading 300 minutes and attends all 6 weeks of our incredible virtual summer events will be sent a summer reading t-shirt and certificate.

Register Here for the Summer Reading Program