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

December Hooked on Books

There is STILL time to sign up! It is my promise; you will have a sleigh of a good time! Below, please find the December Hooked on Books Agenda. December 2nd has come and gone, but no worries, Ms. Denise will still send out the activity kit for “Little Cooks and a Book”! To keep you up to speed, on the first Wednesday of each month, the Hooked on Books program will offer a variety of fun activities! December 2nd we made delicious “Homemade Oatmeal Cookies,” Yum! Yum! Yum! If you are interested in participating, simply sign up at the link below. 

Hooked on Books
Wednesdays
Time: 4:00pm-4:30pm
Activity Kit: All materials are provided!
Register Here

Here is what we have planned for the rest of December Hooked on Books program: 

Week 1 December 2nd “Little Cooks and a Book”

Week 2 December 9th GAMES
Activity: “Answer that Question” and Win a Prize!

Week 3 December 16th CRAFTS
Activity: “Cozy Scented Sock Bunny
This is going to be awesome! You will be making a Knuffle Bunny with the scent of lavender and orange for extra cozy fun!

Week 4 December 23rd Story Time Field Trip!
This part is a surprise!! You might just want this field trip to never end! 

If you have questions don’t hesitate to reach out!
Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian
Denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us
515-452-1338

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.

November Youth Programs

@ The Playground

November is packed with hands-on experiences and listening funMakerspace Monday, on November 9th, we will listen and learn about music with our guest, Amanda Drish from the Des Moines Symphony.  Amanda will take us on a trip to the past as we learn about professional musicians and we will create art on canvas.  STEM and Stories Saturday, on November 21st, is rolling out scented cookie cutter star creations.  We will make Cinnamon Salt Dough ornaments with our guest Ellie.

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date: November 9, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Activity: Listen and learn about music and create art on canvas with special guest, Amanda Drish from the Des Moines Symphony
Setting: Zoom
Registration

STEM and Story Saturdays featured guest, Sarah Borzo, Educator Coordinator from Metro Waste Authority
Date: November 21, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Activity: Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments with special guest Ellie
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

October Recap @ The Playground

October has been such a busy time at @ the Playground! We started our adventures off at the Makerspace Monday Virtual Event. Did you know that it takes 700 hundred gallons of water to make one t-shirt, no, really it does! Also, we put on our super hero masks while learning about the 3 Rs of recycling; Reduce, Reuse, and of course, Recycle. Now, wait a minute, let’s not forget about the cool, “No-Sew Designer Tote Bag.” It was a real hit!  

Next, we fasten our seatbelts as we took a ride to the landfill, yep that is correct, the LANDFILL, for our STEM and Stories Saturday. Sarah Borzo from Metro Waste Authority had us dive right into the sounds of all the working equipment at a landfill! We experienced a symphony of sounds, such as; stomping, pumping, whirling, swooshing, not to mention smashing, as we ended to the relaxing sounds of nature. Great care is taken at the landfill, they even plant flowers to attract butterflies and bees. It is so important to recycle, and by recycling, you can become a true “planet saving hero.” This video is a must to watch! Plus, we learned that if you recycle an aluminum can, it only takes 30 days to get it right back on the store shelf again! Wow, now that is super cool stuff! We ended our time together by making a reusable Butterfly feeder!  

Couldn’t make it?  Check out the program recordings

Coming up in November @ the Playground

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event

Date and Time: November 9th 6:30 p.m.
Activity: Art and Music go Hand in Hand with guest Amanda Drish from the Des Moines Symphony
Registration

STEM and Stories Saturday Virtual Event

Date and Time: November 21st 6:30 p.m.
Activity: Gratitude Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments with guest Ellie Klop from the Summer Reading Program
Registration