Lansing Library announces February programs for youth and teens

2014-01-26T00:00:00Z Lansing Library announces February programs for youth and teensFor The Times nwitimes.com
January 26, 2014 12:00 am  • 

LANSING | The Infants, Teens and In-Betweens Department announces the following events planned for February. All programs are free of charge and do not require sign up unless noted. Non-Lansing residents are invited to participate in the events as well.

For more information, contact the Infants, Teens and In-Betweens Department at (708) 474-2447 or visit the library’s Web site at www.lansingpl.org. The Lansing Public Library is at 2750 Indiana Ave.

The following story times are planned for the month of February:

• Feb. 11 and 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Children of all ages are invited to Milk and Cookies Family Story time. Participants can wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animals for this special evening story time.

• Feb. 22 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Children ages 5 and up can participate in a new story time format, Story time Yoga. Children will listen to stories about animals and nature while incorporating the stretching and movements that go along with each book, combining literacy with a healthy activity.

The following activities are also planned for children birth to fifth grade:

• Feb. 8 from 2-3:30 p.m.: It’s Lego Day. We provide the Legos and children bring their imaginations. Lego creations will be put on display in the library until the next Lego Day.

• Feb. 10 from 4-5 p.m.: Children in fourth and fifth grade can learn how to make a fun loom bracelet or come and be creative on their own. Participants can make a bracelet for themselves or for their Valentine. A limited amount of band will be provided.

• Feb. 12 from 6-7 p.m.: Get ready for Valentine’s Day with our photo booth. Children in kindergarten through fourth grade can create the perfect gift for someone they love, whether it is a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or best friend. Valentine’s Day props like hats, hearts, glasses and more will be available to use to pose for a fun picture. After that, take some time to decorate a mat border and have a thoughtful and personalized gift to give on Valentine’s Day.

• Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m.: Have a fun family evening at the library during Family Craft and Story time. Join in for delicious chocolate-themed stories and make yummy hot chocolate spoons to take home.

• Feb. 24 4-6 p.m.: In honor of Black History Month, come and watch “Akeelah and the Bee," an African-American inspired youth film. Popcorn will be provided.

• Feb. 26 from 6-7 p.m.: Children in first through fourth grade are invited to “Paint in Pointillism” during an evening art program. Pointillism is a painting entirely in dots, and children will be able to take home their artwork.

Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in a monthlong Bookmark Challenge at the library. Children can stop by the librarian’s desk and pick up a bookmark to design and fill up the bookmark with pictures and words having to do with reading, books or their favorite characters. After completing the bookmark, turn it back in and if your child’s design is chosen, it will be printed out for all to take home.

The following events are planned for teens in sixth through 12th grade:

• Feb. 4 at 4 p.m.: It’s Game Day. Use the library’s Nintendo Wii to challenge friends at a number of sports with Wii Sports or work together to conquer Super Mario Bros. If video games are not your style, you can best your friend at Connect Four, Uno and much more.

• Feb. 6 at 4 p.m.: Teens can watch the zombie-themed movie “Warm Bodies” during Teen Movie Night. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

• Feb. 11 at 5 p.m.: Single, attached or just don’t care, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Valentine’s Day is coming up. But why not celebrate the best Valentine ever, yourself? Come to the library and make a fun craft that will remind you who’s the best person ever and snack on some yummy treats during the “Celebrate Yourself” Valentine’s Day Party.

• Feb. 13 at 5 p.m.: Come to our “No Name Book Club” and try something different. Instead of reading one title, this group will discuss any book that teens would like to discuss. Teens can bring their favorite titles to talk about or just bring whatever they are reading at the time. This book club is a great way to find a new book to read. The book club is currently without a name, so help the library staff come up with a good one. Food will be provided.

 • Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.: Come and make bracelets at the library during Teen Craft day. If the winter blahs are getting you down and you can’t wait for spring, making a bright and cherry wrapped bangle bracelet will help. Teens can make it and wear it now, or save it for later.

The entire library will have their own version of March Madness starting on Feb. 24 and going until April 7. As the March Madness brackets of college basketball begin to surface, sports fans chose their favorite team in hopes of seeing them in the championship. Visit the main level of the library and checkout our Book Character March Madness bracket. Each week, library patrons will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite character, via email, on the library’s Facebook page, in person with a ballot or even a phone call. The winner will be announced on April 7.

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