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There’s always something going on for kids, at the library!

In the following list, all children’s programs meet in the Reader’s Theater in the Children’s area, unless otherwise noted.

JAN 23 FRIDAY

Library Storytime(aimed at ages 3 & up) 10:30 am. Join the crowd of children and parents for stories, followed by a simple craft that all ages can enjoy.

JAN 24, SATURDAY Tail wagging readers

Tail Wagging Readers (Grades K-5) 10:30 am. Read out loud to registered therapy dogs from Loving Paws Animal Therapy. This is a great way to practice reading and build reading confidence with a warm furry friend. Bring a book from home or choose one at the library. The dogs will be here 2nd and 4th Saturdays, in the Readers’ Theater. Register for a 15- minute read at the Children’s Desk or at 785-843-3833.

JAN 25, SUNDAY

Stories & Songs 3:30 pm. All ages are welcome to this musical storytime. Hear great stories, sing, clap, and move your feet!

JAN 26, MONDAY

Toddler Storytime 9:30 & 10:30 am. Sit with your 2 year old and take in the stories, fingerplays, songs and poems! Older and younger siblings are welcome.

JAN 27, TUESDAY

Library Storytime(aimed at ages 3 & up) 10:30 am. Join the crowd of children and parents for stories, followed by a simple craft that all ages can enjoy.

Books&Babies (ages birth to 23 months) 6:00 pm. Babies can enjoy stories and songs paced just for them. Books & Babies is also offered at 9:30 and 10:30 am on Wednesdays. Older siblings are welcome. In the Reader’s Theater in the Children’s area.

JAN 28, WEDNESDAYbooks&babies

Books&Babies (ages birth to 23 months)  9:30 and 10:30 am. Babies can enjoy stories and songs paced just for them. Books & Babies is also offered at 6:00 pm on Tuesdays. Older siblings are welcome. In the Reader’s Theater in the Children’s area.

JAN 29, THURSDAY

Toddler Storytime 9:30 & 10:30 am. Sit with your 2 year old and take in the stories, fingerplays, songs and poems! Older and younger siblings are welcome.

Library Storytime(aimed at ages 3 & up) 7:00 pm. Join the crowd of children and parents for stories, followed by a simple craft that all ages can enjoy.

JAN 30, FRIDAY

Library Storytime 10:30 am (aimed at ages 3 & up). Join the crowd of children and parents for stories, followed by a simple craft that all ages can enjoy.

 JAN 31, SATURDAYralkidslogo 100w 

Read Across Lawrence for Kids Kickoff (ages 7-11) 2:00-3:30 pm, in the Auditorium. Join us for the first event of Read Across Lawrence for Kids! LINK We’ll be giving away 500 copies of Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, have pizza, and talk about all the amazing programs happening during the month of February. We’ll also create a mysterious art piece to display in the children’s room!

FEB 1, SUNDAY

Stories & Songs 3:30 pm. All ages are welcome to this musical storytime. Hear great stories, sing, clap, and move your feet!

FEB 2, MONDAY

Toddler Storytime 9:30 & 10:30 am. Sit with your 2 year old and take in the stories, fingerplays, songs and poems! Older and younger siblings are welcome.

FEB 3, TUESDAY

Library Storytime(aimed at ages 3 & up) 10:30-11:15 am. Join the crowd of children and parents for stories, followed by a simple craft that all ages can enjoy.

Books&Babies(ages birth to 23 months) 6:00-6:30 pm. Babies really can enjoy stories, finger plays and songs, paced just for them. Books & Babies is also offered at 9:30 and 10:30 am on Wednesdays. Older siblings are welcome. In the Reader’s Theater in the Children’s area.

FEB 4, WEDNESDAY

Books&Babies (ages birth to 23 months)  9:30 and 10:30 am. Babies can enjoy stories and songs paced just for them. Books & Babies is also offered at 6:00 pm on Tuesdays. Older siblings are welcome. In the Reader’s Theater in the Children’s area.

RAL camera obscura 150wRead Across Lawrence for Kids-Science, Art, Optics & Illusion (ages 7-11)  3:30-4:30 pm, in the Readers’ Theater. Create your own Camera Obscura as you explore the science of art, optics, and illusion. A guest from the Spencer Museum of Art will lead this program.

The Other Side of the Library

This is for the regulars.  You know who you are.  You’re in the children’s room every week, it feels like you’ve read every picture book in the collection, your child helps other kids find books when the librarian is busy.  Maybe there are days when you even start to feel (gasp!) bored here.  If this is you, march your child right over to the other side of the library and sooth your ennui with the adult oversize books.  These books filled with Read More..

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The Movie Was Better (What!?)

I know, I know, that’s a crazy thing to say.  Everyone knows the book is always better than the movie.  I’ve been disappointed so many times by movie-versions of awesome books that I wonder why I bother anymore.  But every once in a while, I’ve been surprised, loving the visual remake even more than the original book.  Here are some great ones: Read More..

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I Have a Confession

At the risk of losing my library certification, or possibly my job, I have a confession to make:  I hate Goodnight Moon.  Okay, I know that’s not how we encourage children to talk, so let me revise: I don’t prefer Goodnight Moon.  Is this the appropriate forum to go into detail about everything I don’t like about it?  Probably not, but let me just mention a few things.  Read More..

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Poetry in Picture Books

Do you want to share poetry with your child but can’t stand any more of the tired old rhythm of nursery rhymes?  You’re thinking maybe it’s time to explore the emotion and organic flow of free verse, but your kids aren’t quite ready for Sylvia Plath.  Try these books that explore the sound, rhythm, flow, and feel of words as they tell their story.  Read More..

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Perfect Schmerfect, Part 4: Princess-Style

For whatever reason, our culture has become princess-obsessed when it comes to little girls.  Parents with the best intentions to raise their girls as strong, competent, independent members of society, must struggle through the princess years, with inhibiting, frilly clothing, simpering ideals, and pink everywhere.  Read More..

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