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Library's Spring Children's Events Announced

12/9/2011
Jennifer Heinicke, Special Projects Librarian | JHeinicke@wichita.gov | (316) 261-8524

African-American History Month, Spring Break Events Are Highlights

All events are free. Accommodations for those with special needs are available. Please request at (316) 261-8500 a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the event. Seating is limited. Central Library can accommodate larger groups; call 261-8512. Thanks to the City of Wichita, Wichita Public Library Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and Friends of the Wichita Public Library for making many of these events possible. OUR TOP PICKS AND SOME NEW PROGRAMS ARE IN RED!

Make & Take Craft: Snow People
Too cold to go outside? Not enough snow for a snowman? Stop by and make a snow creation of your own for ages 4-10. (Available six hours)

  • 1:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9, Linwood Branch Library, 1901 S. Kansas, 337-9125
  • 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580
  • 1:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23, Orchard Park Branch Library, 4808 W. 9th, 337-9084

Penguin Party
There’s no fun like SNOW fun! We’ll have penguin stories and a craft for ages 3-5, so bring a favorite grown-up and any penguin pals you have to join in the fun. (45 minutes)

  • 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

Preschool Storytime
Stories, fingerplays and more for children aged 3-6. (30 minutes)

  • 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 17-April 3, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 17-April 3, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456 (children only)
  • 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 18-April 11, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119
  • 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 11-March 28, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181 (Cuentos Bilingües: English/Spanish bilingual storytime)
  • 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 18-April 4, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361
  • 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 18-April 4, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456
  • 7 p.m., Thursdays, Jan. 19-March 29**, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456 (**no programs Feb. 2, Feb. 23 or March 15)
  • 10:30 a.m., Fridays, Feb. 3, March 2, and April 6, Linwood Branch Library, 1901 S. Kansas, 337-9125
  • NEW DAY! 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, Jan. 21-April 7, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Toddle Time
Stories, rhymes and motion activities for 2-year-olds with an adult helper. Registration required; contact the hosting library to register beginning Thursday, Dec. 1. Westlink Branch Library customers should select only one session. (20 minutes)

  • 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 17-April 10, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119
  • 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 17-Feb. 21, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456 (Session 1)
  • 10:30 a.m., Thursdays, Jan. 19-April 5, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361
  • 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 28-April 3, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456 (Session 2)

Nursery Rhyme Time
Music, rhymes, activities and stories for ages 2 and under with an adult helper. (20 minutes)

  • 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 17-April 3, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361
  • 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 18-April 4, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 10:30 a.m., Thursdays, Jan. 19-April 5, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456
  • 10:30 a.m., Fridays, Jan. 20-April 6, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 10:30 a.m., Fridays, Jan. 20-April 6, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456

Baby’s First Storytime
Music, rhymes and stories for parent one-on-one time with babies up to one year old. (20 minutes)

  • 11:15 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 18-April 4, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Elephant and Piggie Party
Children aged 5-7 will participate in games and crafts based on Mo Willems’ books. Registration is required and begins Wednesday, Jan. 11; call the Central Library Children’s Center at 261-8512 to register. (60 minutes)

  • 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Angelina Ballerina Book Party
Learn to lace ballet slippers, play ballerina games and try some dance positions for ages 6-10. Registration is required and begins Wednesday, Jan. 11; call the Evergreen Branch Library at 303-8181 to register. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181

Craft to Go: Shimmering Snowflakes
Come to the library to pick up a packet of materials to make your own craft for ages 4-10 at home! Only simple supplies such as scissors, glue or tape will be required. (Available six hours)

  • 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, Comotara Branch Library, 2244 N. Rock Rd., 688-9350

Go Gooney!
Get the giggles and go ga-ga with your own Gooney Bird puppet for ages 10-14. We’ll provide the materials; you provide the imagination. Registration required and begins Wednesday, Jan. 18; call the Alford Branch Library at 337-9119 to register. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

KANSAS DAY Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Celebrate Kansas Day with a variety of Kansas crafts and Wizard of Oz activities for children aged 3 and up with their families. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

Puppet Shows
For children aged 3-8 with their families. *Starred programs indicate repeat performances. (20-30 minutes)
10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.*, Thursday, Feb. 2, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

  • “Ask Mr. Bear”: 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361
  • “Ask Mr. Bear”:10:30 a.m.*, Wednesday, Feb. 22, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361
  • “The Unbearable Day”: 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456
  • “The Three Wishes”: 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.*, Wednesday, March 21, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361
  • “The Three Wishes”: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181
  • “Three Billy Goats Gruff”: 7 p.m., Thursday, April 5, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456

Family Fun Time: “A Barrel Full of Monkeys: Curious George & Friends”
Monkey around with stories, activities and crafts for ages 3 and up. (45 minutes)

  • 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456

The Power of Words: Stories with Dylan Pritchett
Go on a journey of history, fantasy, culture and truth as Dylan Pritchett weaves African and African-American stories into a fun-packed evening! All ages welcome. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Part of the Library’s African-American History Month Celebration. (60 minutes)

  • 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, The Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water

Far and Wide: Stories with Dylan Pritchett
We grew up on stories told by Grandma and Grandpa! Make sure you come to hear Dylan Pritchett rekindle those age-old lessons learned which transcend time and place. Bring your children, laughter and smiles as Dylan tells stories of hope, strength and humor! He might play a little music too! For ages 4 and up with family. Part of the Library’s African-American History Month Celebration. (45-60 minutes)

  • 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580
  • 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

Make & Take Craft: Follow the Drinking Gourd
Runaway slaves knew to follow the “drinking gourd” north to freedom. Children aged 4-10 will learn how to use the Big Dipper to find Polaris, the North Star, when making their own star finders. Part of the Library’s African-American History Month Celebration. (Available six hours)

  • 1:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6, Linwood Branch Library, 1901 S. Kansas, 337-9125
  • 1:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13, Orchard Park Branch Library, 4808 W. 9th, 337-9084
  • 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580

NEW! Obi Gui Gui – How the Coconut Came to Be, and Other Stories From Africa
Celebrate African-American History Month with stories and crafts from Africa for children and their families. Part of the Library’s African-American History Month Celebration. (60 minutes)

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181

Celebrate Red
February is full of red hearts and red roses. Wear something red and stop by anytime during the two-hour program to have fun with all kinds of red activities for ages 3-5. (Available 2 hours)

  • 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 10, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

NEW! Daddy/Daughter Tea
Come dressed like royalty to an afternoon tea and enjoy stories, games, crafts and more for ages 4-8 with an adult guest. Registration is required and begins Wednesday, Jan. 25; call the Rockwell Branch Library at 688-9361 to register. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

Crafty Kids
Children aged 5-10 may show their creativity by making a craft project (or two!) to take home. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119
  • 2:30 p.m., Friday, March 23, Linwood Branch Library, 1901 S. Kansas, 337-9125

NEW! Fossils in Kansas
Dr. Collette Burke, Associate Professor and EEPS (Earth, Environment and Physical Sciences) Graduate Coordinator at Wichita State, leads a program just for ages 7-12 on fossils commonly found in Kansas. You can even make a replica of one yourself – we won't have time to make a real one! Registration required and begins Wednesday, Feb. 8; call the Evergreen Branch Library at 303-8181 to register. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181

NEW! Collage Art
Children aged 5-11 will create art in the style of African-American artist Romare Bearden. Collage art is fun and easy to make. Leave one of your creations for display in the Children’s Room! Registration is required and begins Wednesday, Feb. 8; call the Central Library Children’s Center at 261-8512 to register. Part of the Library’s African-American History Month Celebration. (60 minutes)

  • 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Seussapolooza
Join us for games, activities and more for ages 5-8 as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. It is sure to be “Seusstacular” fun. Registration is required and begins Wednesday, Feb. 8; call the Rockwell Branch Library at 688-9361 to register. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

Make & Take Craft: Puzzled?
Solve your decorating dilemmas by creating your own masterpieces with puzzle pieces, paper and glue. For ages 4-10. (Available six hours)

  • 11 a.m., Saturday, March 3, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580
  • 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 12, Linwood Branch Library, 1901 S. Kansas, 337-9125
  • 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 19, Orchard Park Branch Library, 4808 W. 9th, 337-9084

Superheroes Book Party
Go up and away with your custom cape and mask! That’s not all: play superhero games for ages 7-10. Registration required and begins Wednesday, Feb. 22; call the Evergreen Branch Library at 303-8181 to register. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 3, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181

Family Fun Time: “Party Time with Elephant & Piggie”
Participate in stories and activities based on Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie characters for ages 3 and up. (45 minutes)

  • 7 p.m., Thursday, March 15, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456

Spring Break @ Your Library (March-23)

Go Green!
Children aged 7-10 will get creative with all things green. Please wear old clothes in case we get grimy! (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Monday, March 19, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

Fairy Tale Fun
Make crafts from your favorite fairy tales for ages 5-7. Registration is required and begins Wednesday, March 7; call the Central Library Children’s Center at 261-8512 to register. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Gross Science
Icky, sticky and just plain yucky! Wear an old T-shirt and join us for some simple (and slimy!) science experiments for ages 7-10. Registration is required and begins Wednesday, March 7; call the Rockwell Branch Library at 688-9361 to register. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

NEW! Outer Space Race
Have fun with way-out space stories, wacky planets, and little green men hiding in the bookshelves! Activities are for ages 7-11. Registration is required and begins Wednesday, Feb. 29; call the Angelou Northeast Branch Library at 688-9580 to register. (60 minutes)

  • 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580

Craft to Go: Mini Magnets
Come to the library to pick up a packet of materials to make your own craft for ages 4-10 at home! Only simple supplies such as scissors, glue or tape will be required. (Available six hours)

  • 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, Comotara Branch Library, 2244 N. Rock Rd., 688-9350

Who’s Curious? George – That’s Who!
H.A. and Margret Rey’s monkey has been a favorite for generations. Come for a story or two, some crafts, and other fun for ages 5-7. Registration required and begins Wednesday, March 7; call the Linwood Branch Library at 337-9125 to register. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, Linwood Branch Library, 1901 S. Kansas, 337-9125

NEW! “My Weird School” Book Party
Who wants to go on spring break at a school! It couldn’t be better than the fun and games with Mr. Klutz and Miss CoCo at Dan Gutman’s “My Weird School.” Activities are for ages 7-10. Registration required and begins Wednesday, March 7; call the Westlink Branch Library at 337-9456 to register. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456

Shape Up Your Drawing
Ages 8-11 will learn how to draw and make animals starting from shapes. This event is great for ambitious artists and casual cartoonists. Registration is required and begins Wednesday, March 7; call the Central Library Children’s Center at 261-8512 to register. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Wimpy Kids Book Party
Get in the swim with Greg Heffley’s hilarious diaries. We’ll have trivia, games, and crafts for ages 8-12 based on author Jeff Kinney’s series. Be there or be square! Registration begins Wednesday, March 7; call the Alford Branch Library at 337-9119 to register. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

Fantastic Flicks
Enjoy movies for ages 4 and up. Bring snacks if you wish. Due to licensing restrictions, titles are unavailable to the media or through the Library’s web site. Customers may call the Library for more information. (Times vary.)

  • 2 p.m., Thursday, March 22, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361
  • 2:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580

Fourth Annual Young Artists’ Exhibits
Artwork from area students will be displayed throughout April in celebration of the Week of the Young Child (April 22-28). Early childhood programs help children learn valuable skills for life and school-readiness, and allow parents to work. The Library provides bulk loans and outreach programs to enhance their experience. All exhibits are available during regular business hours.

  • Monday, April 2, through Monday, April 30, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • Monday, April 2, through Monday, April 30, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119
  • Tuesday, April 3, through Monday, April 30, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580
  • Monday, April 2, through Monday, April 30, Comotara Branch Library, 2244 N. Rock Rd., 688-9350
  • Monday, April 2, through Monday, April 30, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181
  • Monday, April 2, through Monday, April 30, Linwood Branch Library, 1901 S. Kansas, 337-9125
  • Monday, April 2, through Monday, April 30, Orchard Park Branch Library, 4808 W. 9th, 337-9084
  • Monday, April 2, through Monday, April 30, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361
  • Monday, April 2, through Monday, April 30, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456
  • Monday, April 2, through Monday, April 30, Planeview Community Library, 2820 S. Roosevelt, 973-7609

Family Fun Time: "The Three Wishes"
When a shoemaker gets three wishes, will he get happiness for a lifetime, or just plain trouble? Enjoy a puppet show and craft for children and their families. (45 minutes)

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181

Not Your Ordinary Storytime!
Celebrate National Library week by enjoying a variety of stories told in a variety of ways! For children ages 3 and up with their families. (60 minutes)

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
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