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Library's Spring Events for Teens Announced

12/10/2012
Jennifer Heinicke, Special Projects Librarian | JHeinicke@wichita.gov | (316) 261-8524

Brand New Events Dominate

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.

Crafts 4 Fun
Add creativity to your life: come and learn a new craft each month. Registration is required so enough supplies can be assured for class members. Open to ages 14 and up. (60 minutes)

Pop-up Cards
Make greetings that just can’t stay on the page! Registration begins Wednesday, Dec. 26; call 261-8506.

  • 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Paper Marbling
Explore this ancient craft with examples of medieval methods and nifty new ways of marbling. Registration begins Wednesday, Jan. 23; call 261-8506.

  • 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Jewelry Basics
Learn how to use materials to make and take a necklace or bracelet and earring set. Registration begins Wednesday, Feb. 20; call 261-8506.

  • 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 9, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Garden Lanterns
Decorate a recycled jar in the style of stained glass, then embellish with beads and wire.  Registration begins Wednesday, March 27; call 261-8506.

  • 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 13, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Central’s Teen Hangout
Come hang out with other teens aged 11-17 at the Central Library. Enjoy snacks while you talk with other teens about what you'd like to see, read, do and experience at the library, and get a peek at new books/movies/music and more! (75 minutes)

  • 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 16, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 20, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 18, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Guys Read Activity Club
Take the pledge and find out – this isn’t your little sister’s book club! Guys Read is a national program started by Jon Sciezska especially for GUYS. Every month, we’ll read a short story out of "Guys Read: Thriller," then do activities based on the stories. Bring your dad, grandpa, uncle, or guy mentor with you to eat snacks and do guy stuff. Guys and their guy mentors should sign up in pairs; we have copies of "Guys Read: Thriller" to check out from the library for you too! We meet on the first Tuesday of the month. Registration required and begins Wednesday, Jan. 16; call 261-8500. For guys aged10-13 and their older guy mentors. (60 minutes)

  • 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

United We Stand, Together We Read
This interactive storytelling session with Oba William King, the Poetic Storyteller, will feature African folktales and poetry in the tradition of the African Griot. Join us for a fine evening with the family. All ages, all cultures -- all are welcome. (60 minutes)

  • 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580 (After-hours event, doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
If Valentine’s Day just isn’t your thing, this is the party for you. Uncelebrate the day with appropriate crafts, activities and treats. Registration required and begins Wednesday, Feb. 6; call 261-8512. For ages 14-17. (90 minutes)

  • 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Time to Play: Stories for Children (and the Young at Heart)
The Poetic Storyteller, Oba William King, shares nursery rhymes, call and response stories, playground games, songs, and activities designed to feed the imagination of even the youngest child. Drumming and dancing will be part of the fun! Join us for this festival of early literacy delights. (45 minutes)

  • 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580

Umoja Day Program with the Poetic Storyteller
In the Kiswahili language, “umoja” means “unity.” This program is designed to bring anyone and everyone together in a celebration of story, drum, and dance. Oba William King leads a special finale that invites participants to contribute to the festivities in multiple ways. As an African proverb tells us, “Many spiders working together can bring down an elephant.” (60 minutes)

  • 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th St., 688-9361

Soft Circuits: Fashion with Sparkle (Level ONE)
Isn’t your favorite outfit missing that special something? Come learn how to sew battery-powered circuitry into wristbands, pins, and more with Soft Circuits. We’ll use conductive thread to connect a wearable power source to LED lights that can be sewn into all sorts of fabric. Start here and get the basics to light up your fashion! (Prior knowledge of basic sewing skills not necessary, but helpful.) For ages 14-17. Registration required and begins Wednesday, March 6; call 261-8512. (90 minutes)

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

Soft Circuits: Fashion with Sparkle (Level TWO)
Take your sewing skills and battery-powered circuitry to the next level. Use your knowledge from the first session to start building circuits in parallel, making it possible to connect multiple LEDs to a single power source. This will help you design and construct more complicated couture. Imagine a biking hoodie that could tell pedestrians which way you’re turning or sparkling shoe clips for your next school dance! It’s all possible once you’ve mastered the basics of Soft Circuits. For ages 14-17. Registration required and begins Wednesday, March 6; call 261-8512. (90 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Incredibly Edible Experiments
How many ways are there to eat a marshmallow? Come and find out. Registration required and begins Wednesday, March 6; call 337-9456. For ages 12-17. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Friday, March 22, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456
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