April Recap @ The Playground

On April 12th at our Makerspace Monday event, we touched and explored each strand of yarn softness, as we weaved and tied our Feathery Fun Macramé! Did you know a “chicken” has the longest feather and a “BEE Hummingbird” has the smallest feather? In fact, this little bird’s nest is the size of a quarter, kid you not! We also learned how to create hanging wall feather macramé art. Not only do we make incredibly “cool” stuff at the MakerSpace events but we also learn about science too.

Next, on April 17th for our STEM and Stories Saturday we met up with Cat, no, not a cat that goes meow, but our friend Cat Turner McAculiffe, TheraPets Coordinator from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Cat shared with us all of the MANY wonderful animal programs that ARL does each and every day around the entire state of Iowa. Cat even introduced us to her parrot that talks! Thank you so much for joining our library for a visit Cat, we are fortunate to have you in our community doing all the good that you do for our furry little friends.

Coming up next month on May 10th for Makerspace Monday Event, we will be using clothespins, twine, and sparkles as we make a Springtime Clothespin Planter, just in time for Mother’s Day! Seeds will be sprouting on May 15th with guest Roger Erpelding, Master Gardner as he shares with us his love for gardening. Who knows, you may want to become a Master Gardner too.

Coming up in May @ the Playground

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date and Time: May 10th 6:30 p.m.

Activity: Springtime Clothespin May Planter
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STEM and Stories Saturday Virtual Event
Date and Time: May 15th 10:00 p.m.

Activity: Roger Erpeling, Master Gardner
Register Here

Coming up this Summer!

2021 Tales and Travels Summer Reading Program
Dates: June 7, 2021 – August 6, 2021 on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays
Time: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
More Information
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Tales and Travels Summer Reading Program

Next Stop, Tales and Travels Summer Reading Program!

The Summer Reading Program Tales and Travels is coming fast. This program will encompass Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Go ahead, hop in, and buckle up your seatbelt. You do not want to miss out on this summer’s traveling vacation, because we are starting up our engines VAROOM, VAROOM as we shift into gear!
The Summer Reading Program will have, 27 youth programs and will be offering 9 activity kits containing 3 programs each week, along with prizes too numerous to count. We will be taking you for a bus, train, or boat ride as we travel through the many Tales of our Library. This 2021 summer event promises to be nothing short of magical, mysterious, and outrageously fun! What if I told you that you might learn a little magic trick along the rails?

Also, at time of sign up, your family will receive 2 Blank Park Zoo passes, access to our online ReadSquared program, free personalized SRP T-Shirt and passport! Step on for a spectacular ride because we will take off on June 7th at 1:00 pm sharp! We will meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 45 minutes of entertaining, engaging, hands-on activities. Spots are limited, don’t miss out!

2021 Tales and Travels Summer Reading Program

Dates: June 7, 2021 – August 6, 2021 on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays
Time: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
Register Here

Summer Reading Program Report of the Week

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryIt has been such a spectacular six weeks of fun for all! Our Summer Reading Program explored many new worlds from learning about the weather, traveling to the depths of the ocean, singing at the top of the trees in the jungles, we did so much. This past week did not disappoint, we had hands on STEM learning with singing balloons and wine glasses that could perform with the Des Moines Symphony. We ended on a delicious taste sampling as we discover the science behind making ice cream in a bag. Did you know that the number one flavor of ice cream is vanilla? Yummy!!  As our Summer Reading Program comes to an end we look forward to the exciting new adventures that lie ahead. Stay to find out more!

VIRTUAL EVENTS COMING UP NEXT!

  • On August 10th at 6:30pm for our Makerspace Monday virtual event, learn how to create an “Air Dry Clay Bowl” with your Youth Services Librarian, Denise Bean.
  • On September 14th at 6:30pm for our Makerspace Monday virtual event, Abigail Kelly will be joining us for an incredible hands-on virtual DIY Rolled Candle making project that is sure to be a hit!  
  • On September 19th at 11:00 a.m. enjoy story time with Abigail and her bee friends to learn how to create beeswax lip balm of your very own.

In order to participate, you must sign up.  All supplies for this activity will be sent directly to your home.  Contact Youth Services Librarian, Denise Bean, to register at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or call 515.452.1338

Summer Reading Program Report of the Week!

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryWe went deep sea diving straight into the ocean and found ourselves learning and swimming with the enormous Blue Whale! In fact, did you know that the Blue Whale is a mammal and can weigh as much as 441,000 pounds and can grow to be as big as a jet airplane! Wow, now that is amazing! We spent time on the beach while making our very own Sandcastle Sand Art with our library friend Ellie! Next, we got to meet Abigail who dazzled us with her sparkling crown and BEE QUEEN sash as she introduced us to her very own bee hive. We got BUZZING with the BEES! Did you know that bees cannot see the color red and can flap their wings 200 times per second, plus out of every 4 bites of food bees are responsible for 3 of those delicious bites?  We are so excited, in the month of September don’t miss out, we are going to make beeswax candles and lip balm with our friend Abigail. I can’t wait!!  Finally, as if this week isn’t fun enough, Friday we learned all about plants. Plants provide us with both oxygen and food, wow, who knew that! We got to make our very own CHIA pet friend.

We only have one week left of our Summer Reading Program Virtual Event, but I have great news for all of you, the fun will continue as we look ahead! Stay tune to “up and coming” detail in the very near future. COMING UP NEXT WEEK …

Summer Week and STEM Week Virtual Event

  • July 27- Will it Pop or Will It Not Experiment, Singing Glasses Experiment, Circle, Square or Triangle Who is the Strongest Experiment
  • July 29 – Singing Balloon Experiment, Stress Ball Frenzy
  • July 31 – Ice Cream in a Bag Activity!

IDB Read Kids with Bob White will continue through August every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00pm.  We are continuing to read the Bunnicula series by James Howe!

To see the full summer schedule checkout the Summer Reading Program Blog Page.

You still have time to be a part of this summer sensation!  Register Today

Hope to see you soon!
Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian
denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us
515.452.1338

Summer Reading Program Report of the Week!

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryWe had so much fun this week traveling around the world!  We made our own mini Djembe Drum, learned about Australia and world flags.

Don’t forget to join Bob White at IDB Read Kids every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00pm as he begins a new book called, Howliday by James Howe!

Coming Next Week…

Exploring Nature Together Virtual Event!
July 20th, 22nd and 24th at 1:00pm
Are you ready to take a dive into the ocean with your librarian and listen to the sounds of the blue whale? During this virtual week you will explore the ocean, insects and last but least, the world of plants! You will become an honorary Bee hero and help save the world. This week of activity offers tremendous fun!

To see the full Summer schedule checkout the Summer Reading Program Blog Page.

You still have time to be a part of this summer sensation!  Register Today

Hope to see you soon!
Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian