Mary Jo Ruppert
On Saturday when I was getting into my car I noticed several pretty leaves plastered on it by the rain. I know we've had a dry summer but I was a little surprised to see colored maple leaves already. Guess it all goes along with the sign I saw north of Orange City last week announcing that Pumpkinland opens in 19 days. Well, I love fall and I'm tired of summer so I am definitely ready to think about September!
As we get into a routine at the Cherokee Public Library I want to emphasize some activities we offer that I think are important for our youngest patrons. We had a nice summer with the kids and it would be great to continue that momentum into the school year. To get the ball rolling, here's a short summary of September plans for the children's department.
The Terrific Toddler program happens at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 8. Designed for 1-3 year olds, it is a wonderful way to introduce small ones to the library. Peg is a former music teacher and she incorporates her talent into circle games and simple activities that parents and their little ones can do together. It is planned to as a once a month special program and we are willing to work with parents to make sure everyone has an opportunity to participate in it. If Saturday doesn't work for you, please talk to Peg about other possible times. Don't miss it!
On Tuesday, September 11, preschool story time gets underway at 10:30 am. Three to five year olds are the targeted audience for the weekly sessions but some younger children who are able to sit and listen may also enjoy it. Stories, crafts and music make an entertaining 30 minutes. If you can't get here in the daytime and would be interested in an evening edition of this, please talk to Peg. A monthly bedtime story event is something we would consider adding.
For older kids Peg is starting a once a month version of our READit book discussion group. The introductory meeting will be held on Saturday, September 8 at 1 p.m. to talk about dates, times, format etc. Please encourage your 5th -- 8th graders to come and give her some input.
Not left out are the kindergarteners -- 4th graders who are invited to an afterschool program about Legos on Monday, September 17. We try to schedule an afternoon program once a month to encourage this age group to come in and explore the library. Older kids are also welcome.
Please mark your calendars and call 225-3498 if you have any questions. There is also a newsletter available at the library each month that contains a complete rundown. And a final schedule note...the library will be closed September 1-3 for Labor Day weekend. Happy fall!