Children's Library Laboratory
Classes & Events
Spring Semester 2019
Abraham Lincoln is coming to the library! Well, it’s not the Abraham Lincoln, but it’s a professional Abraham Lincoln presenter, Kevin Wood, who bears a remarkable resemblance to Lincoln and is extremely knowledgeable about his life and times. Come meet Mr. Lincoln, hear his perspectives on slavery and emancipation, and get first-hand insights into the relationships between the white and black races during the Civil War era. It’s a night that will bring history to life! For more information, visit www.mrlincoln.com. (This event is part of the library’s 2nd annual Black History Month Celebration. Click here for details about other Black History Month Celebration events.)
January 11 - February 28
It’s our second annual Black History Month Celebration—and do we have a celebration planned! We have so much planned, in fact, that we couldn’t fit it all into the month of February. So we decided to start our celebration early and extend the fun. Check out all the activities that honor Black history here!
Each year the Young People’s Department at the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library takes part in some special community events. Join us this spring semester for the Winter Carnival and Luke's Baby Shower! Click here for details.
April 9, 10am
Join us for some of our favorite Pete the Cat stories. Take a walk in Pete’s shoes (and get your groove on). Help Pete find his buttons. Create a Pete the Cat craft. Do the Cool Cat Boogie and rock on with other fun songs. And get your picture taken with Pete! It’s all part of our National Library Week celebration—because libraries are groovy! So get in on the fun, for Pete’s sake! (Open to children ages 10 months to 6 years of age; advance registration required by April 8.)
Now featuring an evening class!
These year-round classes develop and promote social skills,
listening comprehension, and foundations of early literacy through early literacy, letters, vocabulary, numbers, and sequencing. Classes are available for children 10 months - 6 years of age. Click here for details.
Here at the library, we love to read! And we want to share our love of reading with you! Each semester, we hold our Reading Participation Programs to offer reading challenges and increase the fun of reading. This semester we have three Reading Participation Programs you won’t want to miss! Click here for details.
Blow off some STEAM this spring break with fun science and art days for kids in grades K-5! Class size is limited. Advance registration is required for each event by March 8. For details, click here.
This summer’s Summer Reading theme is about space, and since May 4 is Star Wars Day, it seemed like a perfect day to kick off the Summer Reading fun! Join us at 3:00 p.m. to recognize our Summer Bookmark Contest winners! Sign up for Summer Reading! Create cool light saber crafts! Do an erupting Death Star science experiment! Get starry-eyed with constellation flashlight fun and make your own marshmallow constellation! Craft some Yoda ears or Princess Leia buns! And win prizes with Star Wars trivia!
May 4 - August 4
Read this summer and win prizes with our Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program! The program begins May 4 with our special Stars Wars Space Day Kickoff Event and ends August 4. Registration can take place throughout the program and may be completed online at www.jclib.org or in person at the library. (Program is limited to 1 registration per person.) Participants should choose the option most appropriate to their grade level and/or reading level. Teens are able to participate in either the teen program or the adult program but must choose one or the other. Those who choose to participate in the teen program also have a choice between reading by the minute or by the book. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
Authors have birthdays, and birthdays are meant to be celebrated! So we're hosting some fun on our favorite authors' special days. Join us this spring for Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Promised Land" Underground Railroad Day, Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggie Day, Dr. Seuss Day, National Library Week, and Star Wars Space Day Summer Reading Kickoff Event. Click here for details.
Purchase a blind date with a book! The library will have a selection of age-appropriate books that are covered to conceal their titles. You can choose the age group of the book you want, but you only find out what book you have once you unwrap it! All proceeds benefit the library's book donation program to support literacy in Geary County.
February 15, 6:30-8pm
Purchase tickets to our 2nd annual Daddy Daughter Mother Son Ball. It’s a time for daddies and their princesses and moms and their brave knights to dress up and have a memorable evening together. Join us for dancing, games, photo opportunities, and light refreshments. Tickets are $5/person and available for purchase at the library. Ball attendance is limited; advance registration/ticket purchase is required by February 7. All proceeds benefit the library's book donation program to support literacy in Geary County.
Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade will discover the fun of learning at this once-a-month hands-on, interactive class. This semester our theme is “Sensational Science.” Join us for Up in the Air, Down in the Dirt; Sparkle, Puff, Pop!; and Slithering "Snakes" and Slime. Pre-registration is required. (STEAM events) Click here for details.
Thursdays, January 24-April 4
ages 3-5 years
Fun and engaging learning opportunities help increase children’s exposure to the skills they need: counting, matching, shape identification, motor skills, sequencing, communication skills, early literacy, pattern recognition, and more. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their children to strengthen their own understandings of how to work with children to develop these skills beyond this class.
Select Sundays 2:30-3:30pm
Select Wednesdays 4:15-5:15pm
Read to a Dog programs increase literacy skills for readers by offering them opportunity to read aloud to a dog. Our Read to a Dog program provides young people (grades 1-12) 15 minutes of read-aloud time per session with a certified therapy dog. Advance registration is required. (Due to limited number of spaces available per day and the distance dog owners travel for this program, registrations are viewed as a commitment to attend. Those who register but fail to attend their reserved session forfeit future registration for the semester.)
Reading sessions are available on the following dates:
January 20, 23; February 3, 6, 17, 20; March 3, 6, 17, 20, 31; April 3, 14, 17, 28
Summer Reading Bookmark Contest
Design a bookmark that’s out of this world for our Summer Reading Program! To qualify, original 2-D designs must
A total of 10 first, 10 second, and 10 third-place winners (one/place from each grade K – 6, one/place from grades 7 – 8, one/place from grades 9 – 12, and one/place from adults) will be chosen by judges from local organizations. Winners will be recognized at our Star Wars Space Day Summer Reading Kickoff Event on May 4.