Stillwater Public Library offers full schedule of programs for children

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UPDATE: The Sept. 9 program for "Picking Up Steam" has filled. A second session has opened for Sept. 16.

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Aug. 14, 2014) –– Stillwater Public Library is gearing up for an exciting array of fun and educational children’s programs this fall.  The library is offering something for everyone starting with special storytimes for the smallest babies to a building club for older kids.

“The library is a reading, learning and exploring center for the community and the best way for kids to learn is through play,” said Elizabeth Murray, children’s librarian. “An effective way for us to turn kids into lifelong learners is to provide playful learning experience while they are young.”

The newest addition to the children’s lineup is “Picking up STEAM,” a library learning laboratory for children in grades K-3.  The first four programs are themed “Create a Sensation” and focus on exploring the senses through interactive activities. The program debuts on Sept. 9 and will continue on the second Tuesday of the month from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  

The first “STEAM” program focuses on activities that explore sight. Kids, with the assistance of their caregivers will experiment with light, investigate how vision works and make objects that create optical illusions.

Every program will include a reading list and a handout with at-home project suggestions for further exploration.

“I hope the kids will leave each program with even more questions than when they arrive,” said Murray. “We want to give parents and caregivers a way to expand on the topics we learn about each month.”

lego clubReturning from a summer hiatus is the “Lego Club,”   which encourages children in grades K-5 to use their imagination to build creations with the library’s supply of blocks.  The club is held on the first and second Wednesday and third Thursday of every month from 3:30- 4:30 p.m.

The program has been one of the library’s most popular children’s programs. As 9 year old Mollie Kilcrease states, “I have been waiting for Lego Club all summer!

(Photo: Libby, Henry and Yixin work on Lego buildings at an August club meeting.)

Registration is required for both “Picking Up STEAM” and “Lego Club.”

Another library favorite, weekly storytime, does not require registration. They are split into various age groups, but families can attend together.

“I love to hear the books,” said 4 year old storytime participant A.J. Fennell.

 “Me too,” added his sister Kaitlyn, age 2.

Rhondalyn Richardson is the mother of two daughters who have been attending storytime for years.

“I bring them to storytime because they love it,” said Richardson. “They love books and look forward to storytime each week.”

Storytimes include “Toddler Time” which resumes this fall on Sept. 11 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. “Toddler Time” is a specially designed storytime for children 1-3 years old. It meets weekly on Thursdays throughout the school year. “Babytime,” an equivalent program for children up to 15 months old, returns Sept. 16 at 9:30 a.m. and will meet each Tuesday.

Weekly storytimes for preschoolers continue on Mondays and Fridays at 10 and 11 a.m., as will “Family Time” which meets each Monday evening at 7 p.m. 

For more information about children’s programs or to register, please call 405-372-3633 ext. 8108 or email childrensreference@stillwater.org.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).