Falling Back Into The Library

September is here! We know many of you are excited for the cooler weather, hot beverages, football, and pumpkin spice flavored everything, and we are too! Not only are we excited for Fall here at the library; we’re excited for the return of another season of great family programming!

The Summer Reading Program was super this year, and now it’s time to return to Story Time, Teen Scene, Toddler Exploration, Family Bingo, and two new raffles!

 

Children’s Programming

Beginning September 9, Story Times are back in session. We offer two different story times, each suited to different age groups. Tiny Tots is a story time for our youngest patrons and a caregiver. Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and bubbles! Tiny Tots lasts about as long as their attention span–20-30 minutes, every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.. We encourage you to stay and play afterwards!

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Kids enjoy dancing in the bubbles at Tiny Tots!

Our second story time, Bookworms, is designed for pre-K children ages 3-5 and their caregiver. Sing songs, listen to stories, play games, improve early literacy skills, and participate in art activities! Bookworms lasts a bit longer than Tiny Tots–45-60 minutes, every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Go ahead…be a Bookworm!

Playing a fun game with our Children's Librarian at Bookworms!
Playing a fun game with our Children’s Librarian at Bookworms!

In addition to our two story times, we also offer a monthly program called Toddler Exploration. Toddler Exploration is all about–you guessed it–letting toddlers explore the world around them! Our children’s librarian sets up five different, self-directed hands-on stations for the little ones (18-36 months) to explore their senses. The theme changes each month, and September’s theme is ABCs and 123s. Come dressed to make a mess, September 11 at 10:30 a.m.!

Getting messy decorating cookies at Toddler Exploration!
Getting messy decorating cookies at Toddler Exploration!

 

Teen Programming

Not only do we offer programming for children, we also offer a fun after school activity for teens! Teen Scene meets for an hour, one to two Friday(s) a month. At Teen Scene, you’ll make art, perform experiments, play games, and hang out with your friends at the library. We even provide snacks! There’s no need to sign up; just check out our event calendar, and come to the library to enjoy! September’s Teen Scene is on September 18 at 3:30 p.m.!

Teens painted book ends, based on their favorite YA novels, to be used in the YA section of the library!
Teens painted book ends, based on their favorite YA novels, to be used in the YA section of the library!

Fun For The Whole Family!

We’ve covered children and teen programming, but what about something the whole family can enjoy? Enter Family Bingo Night! A very popular monthly event at the library, Family Bingo has a different theme each month, which the prizes reflect. This month, the theme is Family Movie Bingo, and the prizes are all great movies you can enjoy with your family! Family Bingo will be held September 17 at 6:00 p.m. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up at the circulation desk today!

Families enjoying programming at the library!
Families enjoying programming at the library!

 

In addition to Family Bingo, we also have a great raffle going on for the entire family! This year’s Fall Break Raffle offers a prize package of Two VIP Car Passes to African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, Ohio, Four Tickets to Muncie Civic Theatre’s Production of Into the Woods, Four Passes to Climb Time Indy, Tuttle Orchards Family Fun Pack: four passes to the Agrimaze, Kid’s Area, Hayride, and four free caramel apples, and Eight Coupons for a free custard cone at Culver’s. Talk about a great staycation! Tickets are $2.00 apiece, or three for $5.00. All proceeds go towards the 2016 Summer Reading program.

As if the Fall Break Raffle wasn’t enough, we’re also offering a great promotion if you sign up for a library card this month! September is National Library card Sign-Up Month, and we are offering each person who signs up for a library card a raffle ticket to win a Kindle Fire HD6! Current patrons, don’t worry! You will also be entered into the raffle if you refer someone to be a new member! This promotion will run from September 1 to September 30, with the drawing for the Kindle Fire HD6 will be held on October 1, at 10:00 a.m.!

As the year continues, there will be even more great programming to look forward to: 12 Weeks of Reading, Blind Date With a Book, holiday programming, and so much more! We love providing our patrons with these programs. There are some who believe libraries to be obsolete. What use would we have for libraries in our modern, digital world? Thankfully, we know that’s not true! Thanks to children’s programming, which improves early literacy and education, and teen programming which provides a safe after-school place for teenagers, and family programming which provides free entertainment to our community, we know that we’ll be around for a long time! We appreciate all of our patrons who make our library so great! If you’ve never been to your library, stop in, and explore all of your opportunities today!

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You Don’t Have to Be Super to Be a Hero

Yea yea yea I know. That title makes this post seem cheesy. Our theme for Summer Reading this year has been all about superheroes. While I have written posts about graphic novels (which are the primary medium of modern superhero stories) and Batman, how can this theme be applied to us? Last time I checked, we don’t have super strength or the ability to fly around. When we look at all the superheroes, there is one thing that remains constant; they make a difference to benefit others. You can make a difference too. You don’t need to have super powers in order to make a difference, and be someone’s hero; you simply need to have an idea. So here are a few ideas to get you started.

Write a Something

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Do you have something you are passionate about or a situation that bugs you? Get your ideas and thoughts out there in the world. Blogs have changed the way that people learn online. Most company websites (including News organizations) have a blog in order to get ideas out faster. So if you have something to say, sit down at your computer and write it out. Whether you chose to write a blog or a book is up to you, but make it meaningful so it can change lives.

Serve Someone

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There are countless charities in the world that do different things to help make the world a better place. Chances are, if you want to serve the world, there is a charity or a religious organization doing exactly what you want to do. Do some research and find a place you can serve. Charities have long been thanked for helping and credited with changing lives. If you want to make a difference, make sure you serve somewhere.

Be Involved Somewhere

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This kind of blends well with the previous point, but it is important to get involved. If you are not involved somewhere, especially your community, it will be hard for you to know how to help and make a difference. Even some local institutions take volunteers to help them get their work done. Here in Yorktown, our Fire Department is entirely volunteer. Without those volunteers, our community would be in lots of trouble when there is a fire. You can even get involved in local festivals and celebrations. You can even choose to run for local office to help better your community.

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So there you have it. These are a few simple ways that you can become just like your favorite superhero and make a difference. If you need help figuring out how, there are plenty of books and other resources available to you at your local library. Ask a librarian for some help finding what you need, and get out there and make a difference.

What other ideas do you have? Leave us a comment and let others know about how to help.