Storytimes

Infant Storytime -- Mother Goose on the Loose (no sign-up), Ages 0 - 2 and up: Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Mother Goose on the Loose is an early literacy program that uses rhymes and songs to help pre-reading children get ready for reading. It incorporates music, movement, ritual, repetition, positive reinforcement, developmental tips, nursery rhymes, illustrations, puppets, musical instruments, colored scarves, and book reading into a fun-filled 45-minute session for infants to 2-year-olds and caregivers (older siblings also welcome). Ask to be put on the email list for last minute schedule changes.

Art and Stories for 4's and 5's -- pre-registration required), ages 4 and 5+: Tuesdays at 2 p.m.

This 30- to 45-minute program, appropriate for children ages 4 to 7, begins with a few longer picturebook stories, then ends with a process art project that encourages preschoolers to explore art materials in an open-ended, creative manner. Registration for the next five-week session begins on Dec. 9; that five-week session begins on Jan. 6 and runs through Feb. 10 (no storytime on Jan. 20 due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday). Pre-registration required: Limit of 12 children.

Family Movie Night!

Movie is Rated PG - All Ages: Friday, Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

We can't tell you the title of the movie here, but here is a one word clue about this recent animated film: minions! Popcorn and water will be served. Please pre-register, so we know how much popcorn to buy!

Game Hour and Chess Club

Grades 3 to 6: Thursdays from 4-5 p.m.

This drop-in, after school program for children in grades 3 to 6 is facilitated by teen volunteers. Play an assortment of great games, including Set, Scrabble, Mille Bornes, Apples to Apples, Slamwich, Quiddler, Hoopla, and, of course, Chess!

Bagels n' Books

Bagels n' Books Group for third-graders: Monday, Jan. 6, from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Bagels n' Books Group for fourth-graders: Monday, Dec. 23, from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Bagels n' Books Group for fifth-graders: Monday, Jan. 13, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. (Group A) and Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. (Group B)

Join this once-monthly book group for a lively book discussion and a yummy snack of bagels and cream cheese. Book group members should read all of the book prior to the group meeting. Sign up for a book group, and we will request for you a copy of the book we will be discussing. New members are welcome -- spaces are limited for some groups. Please call the Children's Room for more information and to pre-register.

Teen Programs

Teen Book Groups: Grades 7-9 -- Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and Grades 10 -12 -- Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The Teen Book Groups meet on one Tuesday a month; refreshments are served. Book group members should read all of the book prior to the group meeting. Sign up for the book group, and we will request for you a copy of the book we will be discussing. New members are always welcome -- please pre-register.

Adult Programs

The Brown Bag Book Club is held the third Wednesday of every month at noon. Drop-ins are welcome!

Great Books Discussion Group

Great Books meets in the Conference Room monthly on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Hope to see you then: Jan. 23; Feb. 27; March 27; April 24; May 22.