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Valentine’s Day Cards for Vets
January 4th to February 8th

The Library will be collecting Valentine’s Day card for Veterans from January 4th to February 8th. This is a great opportunity to pay tribute and express appreciation to those who have served. Kids are encouraged to make a Valentine’s Day card at home, or come to the Library to create one. We will collect the cards until February 8th. The cards will be distributed at the Springfield VA Outpatient Clinic and the Danville VA Clinic.

Story Times

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
December 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th January 4th, 11th, 18th- OFF, 25th
February 1st, 8th, 15th-OFF, 22nd, 29th

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 – “Octopus”, 9th – “Let it Snow”!, 16th – “Buttons”, 23rd- “Happy Holidays”, 30th- “New Year”

6th – “Humpty Dumpty”, 13th – “Elephants”, 20th – “Put Me In the Zoo”, 27th – “Tacos”

3rd – “Chinese New Year: Monkey”, 10th – “Valentine’s Day”, 17th – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, 24th – “Nocturnal Animals”

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 – “Octopus” , 10th – “Let it Snow!”, 17th – “Happy Holidays”

7th – “Humpty Dumpty”, 14th – “Elephants”, 21nd – “Put Me in the Zoo”, 28th – “Tacos”

4th – “Chinese New Year: Monkey”, 11th – “Valentine’s Day”, 18th – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, 25th – “Nocturnal Animals”

Monthly Programs

Chess Club | 1st Monday of the Month from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
December 7th, January 4th, February 1st
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.
December 8th, January 12th, February 9th
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.

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HOME SCHOOL DAY PROGRAMS – Registration Required

Science in Action | Thursday, December 10th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
This program is open to any kid aged 6-13. We’ll learn about density by combining various objects and liquids, create a color symphony using milk and soap, and make oobleck, a non-Newtonian fluid.

Gyotaku | Thursday, January 14th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
This program is open to any kid aged 6-13. The word Gyotaku comes from the Japanese words for “fish” and “rubbing”. We will roll a realistic fish replica made of rubber into different colors of tempera to create a print. We will explore various types of nature printing, practice the Japanese writing system Hiragana, and create a Hanko seal from an eraser

Food for Thought | Thursday, February 11th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
This program is open to any kid aged 6-13. We’ll find out what it takes to be a chef, learn some new food vocabulary, and read about a famous chef. We will make bread in a bag, create no-bake granola bars, and decorate chocolate covered pretzel rods to take home.

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Special Events

Hour of Code | Tuesday, December 8th 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Be a part of the largest learning event in history! Students of all ages are invited to the library in recognition of National Computer Science Week. Kids will choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials featuring Disney’s Frozen, Scrat from Ice Age, Angry Birds, and Plants vs. Zombies. Bring your Chromebooks, or use one of the library’s laptops. Come learn some code!

3D Printer Class | Tuesday, December 29th 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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Attack on the Fort | Saturday, January 2nd   2:00-3:00 p.m.

Want something fun to do over winter break? This program is open to any kid aged 6-13. We’ll learn about the Trojan War, engineer catapults, create forts, and enact a battle.  Registration Required.

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Harry Potter Party | Saturday, February 6th from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Ever wish you could enroll in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Now’s your chance! We’ll have a Wand Tutorial, Potions, Divinations & Charms Classes, and a Dueling Club. Learn Defense against the Dark Arts, play a game of Quidditch, and make a simple “Butter Beer” recipe. Please bring a broom from home, the library will have extras. Registration Required.

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