New! Toddler Time | Mondays 10:00a.m. – 10:20a.m.
Toddler Time is for kids aged 19-35 months, with an adult. Siblings are welcome. This energetic story-time is just right for your tot. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!
Toddler Time and Lapsit Dates September 14th, 21st, and 28th October 5th, 19th, and 26th November 2nd, 9th, 23rd, and 30th
Lapsit | Mondays 10:30a.m. – 10:50a.m.
Lapsit story-time is for kids aged 0 to 18 months. Join us for songs, simple stories, movements, and play. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!
Morning Story-time | Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.- 11:15a.m.
Morning story-time is for ages 2-5 years old. We’ll have fun reading stories, singing songs, and making crafts. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!
2nd – “School”, 9th – “Grandparents”, 16th – “Horses”, 23rd – “It’s Science”, 30th – “Apples”
7th – “Leaves”, 14th – “Bats”, 21st – “Pumpkins”, 28th – “Halloween Party” (wear costume)
No story time on November 11th
4th – “Owls”, 18th – “Counting”, 25th – “Thanksgiving”
Evening Story-time | Thursdays 6:30p.m.- 7:15 p.m.
Evening story-time is for ages 2-5 years old. We’ll have fun reading stories, singing songs, and making crafts. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!
3rd – “School”, 10th – “Grandparents”, 17th – “Horses”, 24th – “It’s Science”
1st – “Apples”, 8th – “Leaves”, 15th – “Bats”, 22nd – “Pumpkins”, 29th – “Halloween Party” (wear costume)
No story time on November 26th
5th – “Owls”, 12th – “Counting”, 19th – “Thanksgiving”
Chess Club | New Day! 1st Monday of the Month from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
September 14th, October 5th, November 2nd
Looking for a place to meet other chess players? Want to learn the basics? The library will host a Chess Club for players aged 6-12 years old. Bring your own chess set or use the library’s set. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!
Read to Gabbie the Therapy Dog | 2nd Tuesday of the Month 6:00-7:00 p.m.
September 8th, October 13th, November 10th
Readers are invited to practice their skills when they read to a REAL, LIVE therapy dog! Don’t forget to bring your Read to Gabbie Frequent Reader Card! Sign up online, or call to reserve your fifteen minute time slot today. Registration required.
Pokemon Players | 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the Month from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
September 1st & 15th, October 6th & 20th, November 3rd & 17th
Do you know anyone who likes to play Pokemon? If so, please check out this program! Kids are invited to come to the library after school with their friends, bring Pokemon cards, play with other kids, trade cards, and have fun! No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!
HOME SCHOOL DAY PROGRAMS – Registration Required
Experimentation Station | Thursday September 10th 1:30-2:30 pm.
This program is open to any kid aged 6-13. Can taco sauce clean pennies? What melts ice fastest? We will make hypothesis, draw and write our observations, and report results. Registration Required.
The Art of Josef Albers | Thursday October 8th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
This program is open to any kid aged 6 to 13. We will learn about the artist through story, study his colorful and abstract artwork, and create a piece of art that demonstrates his color theory principles.
Attack on the Fort! |Thursday November 12th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
This program is open to any kid aged 6 to 13. We’ll learn about the Trojan War, engineer catapults, create forts, and enact a battle.
Going Batty | Saturday September 26th 1:00-2:00 p.m.
For ages 6 and up. The Macon County Mobile Nature Center will present a program focusing on Illinois bats. We will learn truth from myth about these fascinating mammals. A variety of activities will entertain and educate. No live bats. No registration required.
3D Printer Class | September 28th 6:30-7:30 p.m.
For ages 7 and up. Families are welcome to check out the Rochester Public Library’s 3-D Printer. We’ll learn the basic principles and applications of 3D Printing, and earn certification for using the library’s equipment. Registration Required.
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