It’s hard to believe that October is almost over. We’ve been busy in the Children’s Room offering programs for kids 2 through 13! If you’re wondering why we tend to pack so much in October, it’s because it’s a long month with no school vacations. March is the same way so we plan many of our program series during those two months.
This was our October line-up:
Boogie with Emily Bonn
Emily got the toddlers and their caregivers moving, singing and dancing in this four-week music series for ages 2 to 5. The kids loved to move with the scarves and the shakers and learned many new songs and sang some of their old favorites like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. We plan to do another music series for toddlers in March.
Stories and Science for Kindergartners
Twenty-five kindergartners joined us on Thursdays for four weeks and learned about a different science topic each week. These junior scientists (mostly girls this time!) learned about color, engineering, plant-life, and body science and did hands-on science experiments to help understand these concepts. They also learned scientific skills such as observation, trial and error, and were encouraged to ask questions. We’ll do this series again in March with a whole new line-up of STEM-related-topics and experiments.
Picture Books & More: Jeepers Creepers
Jeepers Creepers is right! Two groups of 30 first and second graders came to the Creekside Room on four Tuesdays or Wednesdays this month. They heard some spooky tales, created cool crafts, and ate deliciously creepy snacks. Picture Books & More is one of our tried and true programs. It fills quickly each Fall and Spring. Watch for flyers in February for our next Picture Books & More series that will begin in early March.
Lego Mindstorms Robotics Lab
Our Lego Mindstorms Robotics Lab is up and running! Twenty middle schoolers paired up and built robots and created challenges for their robots along the way. Both the kids and the librarians learned a lot during this first series, and we’re planning to hold monthly Robotics Workshops beginning in January.
Pizza & Pages
Thirteen middle schoolers gathered to discuss Monster by Walter Dean Myers. As always, it was a lively discussion and the kids devoured six extra large pizzas in record time. January’s book will be Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve.
We are currently partnering with the Marin Theatre Company to offer a five-week series for aspiring playwrights. Eight middle schoolers are working with teaching professional and playwright LeShawn Davis to learn about the craft of playwriting. We will also be offering a Creative Writing Workshop once a month for four months beginning in January with local author and poet Karen Benke.
Thank you to the Mill Valley Library Foundation (Storybooks) and the Friends for making these programs possible. In November, be sure to stop in the Children’s Room to see the five finalists of our Annual Bookmark Contest. Those bookmarks will be printed professionally and distributed all year. We received nearly 600 entries, which are currently being displayed in the library. Thank you to all the young artists who participated.